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The Shit Scale as shown in episode 201: The Last Ninja

The Shit Scale was designed by the Nerd to more accurately measure the "shittiness" of a game. It was created in his review of Darkwing Duck for the TurboGrafx-16 (but was informally mentioned in his CrazyBus review). He would later use it again in his reviews of Life of Black Tiger for the PS4 and The Last Ninja for the NES.

Category Color Nerd's Description Game Examples
Games That Are Debatably Bad Green "Somewhat good games, with serious flaws. Not part of the turd crust, but well within smell range." Metal Gear, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
High Level of Shit Contamination Blue "Games that are possible to play, but nobody in their right mind would." Dick Tracy, Super Pitfall, Top Gun
The Very High Category Yellow "This is where you could still survive, but you'd come out traumatized... for life." "The majority of LJN games", Virtual Boy, Zelda CD-i games, Darkwing Duck
The Severe Zone Orange "This is for masochists only. These are games that could kill a person. STAY AWAY. Don't even think about it!" Action 52, Dark Castle, The Wizard of Oz, Tiger handheld games
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Red "Enough said." Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Last Ninja
MAJOR CODE RED: Games that don't even qualify as games at all. Maroon "They shouldn't even be on the scale! But they are. And that's so you know to beware. NEVER play them, NEVER talk about them." Desert Bus, CrazyBus, Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, Hong Kong 97, Plumbers Don't Wear Ties, Life of Black Tiger

The Good-Ass Scale[]

The Good-Ass Scale is a similar opposite of The Shit Scale. It was featured at the end of the Final Fantasy VI review and has an incomplete “thumbs up” measure on extremely good SNES games.

  • Games that are Good Like Robin Hood (Super Mario World and Super Castlevania IV)
  • Dope as a Kaleidoscope (Donkey Kong Country and Super Metroid)
  • Fuck Me Through the Fucking Ceiling!!! (Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)