45. Birds

GAME: Ninja Gaiden (Arcade/NES, 1988)
Damn, damn, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! As if Ninja Gaiden wasn't difficult enough, we were forced to contend with the ninja’s true nemesis: birds. Our man Ryu Hayabusa had to make near-impossible jumps to seemingly unreachable platforms throughout the whole game...and then, once he’d get halfway across a pitfall, a friggin’ BIRD flew into his face and knocked him off course. "Death by claws and beak" should never be found on a ninja’s tombstone.