AVGN: Friday the 13th

Mike Matei / October 13th, 2006

Episode notes by Mike Matei:
– For episode 12 the Nerd reviews Friday the 13th on NES
– In this episode I played Jason Voorhees. This is the first time (of many) where I play a character on the series.
– James and I did a commentary on this episode. You can view the commentary here.
– Clips from this episode appeared on the DVD for “His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009)”
– Right before this episode, James made a video called “The Anger Begins” a short where the Nerd looks back to his childhood to discover where the hatred and anger started. Even though Friday the 13th is officially episode 12, it is the 13th video featuring the Nerd character. Also, this video was released on Friday the 13th. (It hit Youtube a week later)


  • wmd

    April 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    This was the first avgn episode i ever watched. I remember back when i bought this game back when i was like 12 and getting home and being so dissapointed.

    “Logic is for pussies”

  • korpsegrynder

    April 11, 2010 at 12:29 am

    i own this game and the only time i ever saw the end is when i used my game genie.

  • Shikster

    April 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I agree with wmd……..I bought this game……was excited! When I got home to play it……I was like WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS PIECE OF SHIT!

  • Jason Vorheese Studios

    May 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm


  • May 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Haha I love the bit where you act scared when Jason appears! Also the “Logic is for pussies” is a great line, I hate games that defy basic logic..

  • armyN64

    May 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I love the part where your trying to open the door to hide in the closet,but it won’t open,so you’re like “OPEN YOU PIECE OF SHIT!”LOLThen Jason comes up,basically threatening to slash your head off,and your like “Don’t kill me!”But then he shows you the game,and your like “Kill me!”LOL

  • armyN64

    May 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    By the way,when Jason popped up out of nowhere,I JUMPED ABOUT 10 FEET!LOL

  • Mr. Voorhees

    June 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t think Jason would be twisted enough to make someone play this…

  • Rhetticus

    June 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Oh how appropriate, LJN >_<#

  • kamakazi geek

    July 2, 2010 at 7:13 am

    i love this fucking episode it’s awesome 🙂
    logic is for pussies 🙂

  • hell

    July 13, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    oh? Friday the 13th it looks like its that time to run around and to try and Destro Jason if you can hahahaha. >:D


  • ulmuchiha

    August 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    i found this game and said ooh this looks cool! I had no idea how to start it and it rarely even worked. :/

  • August 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Happy Friday the 13th

  • venom 51007

    August 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    i think i figured out the equation to this horror films that are made into video games = a horrible game its the perfect explanation why whenever theres an awesome horror its made into a horrible game but if a bad horror movie is made it could (or not) = a good game or an even worse version either way horror games should not be made that goes for nightmare on elm street.

  • asnaes1981

    September 23, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Thank God, or Beelzebub, or whoever we should thank, that horror games got a lot fuckin’ better over the years.

  • October 14, 2010 at 12:48 am

    This game was I nightmare I still remember . . . . ..

  • SpeedyEric

    October 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    If there is one thing I like to thank for introducing me to AVGN, it’s the entire Friday the 13th series. If I haven’t seen the films, I wouldn’t have been interested in getting the “His Name Was Jason” DVD. If I didn’t get that DVD, I wouldn’t have seen this episode, and I wouldn’t have seen the rest of this awesome series. I guest you could say thgat this is my all-time favorite episode.

    Jason’s Mom in this game reminds me of the 2nd level boss from the first Castlevania.

  • nomad175

    November 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I like your idea for the end screen. Also, I agree about logic.

  • flshgordon01

    January 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    my first avgn episode

  • dgdc

    February 26, 2011 at 6:47 am

    now, i wish he could make a review on the first halo…
    that would be AWESOME

  • Jakethesnake99

    April 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I for one luv Friday the 13th and this game pisses me off >:(

  • Jakethesnake99

    April 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    ljn up their F**king @$$e$

  • preying4war

    April 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    This game is difficult, but it’s the broken kind of difficult. I think it’s impossible to beat without cheating, (using a Game Genie). I never met anyone who likes it. Nintendo Power magazine ranked it the 6th worst game of all time in their 100th issue.
    That said, Friday the 13th on Nintendo has a special place in my heart. It’s the first game I ever rented, (I was 9 yrs. old). It also was my only exposure to the film series. My parents were overprotective, conservative, & lacked imagination; so Jason & his exploits were off limits.
    This is one of the best AVGN episodes. An honest, pissed-off synopsis, masterfully put together by a true horror movie buff who knows exactly what he’s talking about.

    • JT

      October 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      The game really isn’t that hard you just have to have patience and keep at it. Once you figure out how to get to each cabin in the North woods you gain access to awesome weapons really early.If you know how to get the torch early Jason is a piece of cake.

  • cinemassacrefan1980

    April 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    This was the first episode of avgn that i saw on youtube in 2008 It was fuckin halarius. Remember when you where a kid at the video store trying to decide what game you wanted to rent and you past by a movie game on nes and you just new that this game is gonna take a shit all over the movie. Well AVGN dose exactly what he says He Plays shitty games so that you don’t have too When you saw a game like this on the wall for rent you could just tell that the best thing about that game was the picture on the cover and once you pop it in your nintendo your gonna wish you never did. I see a game like this and you already know thats it’s shit before you play it thats just how it was back then.

  • May 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Why does everybody hate this game?
    I play this game every couple weeks for 30 minutes or so.
    I understand that it is no masterpiece but it is an alright game.

  • nowell024

    June 4, 2011 at 3:00 am

    this and the Nightmare on Elm street episode are my fav’s hands down!!!

  • Uncle Funk

    June 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    This game seriously gave me nightmares when I played it as a kid when I was like 10 lol. Now it gives me nightmares as an adult because it sucks lol

  • Mike Fontee

    June 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    i would rather piss a cactus out of my dick. lmfao :]

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:51 am

    such a classic video lol I feel for him this game sucked my sisters friend had it i’ve played it countless times.

  • July 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    This is by far one of my favorites the close up on your teeth and the emphasis and some of the words make this priceless I love the way you string the sentences of the things you would rather do at the end without a breath in between. All combined just slayed me man, just slayed me. I hope you read these.

  • Augie Creighton

    July 28, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Wow this happened on a friday on the thirteenth, wow i guess jason wanted to kill avgn but he didnt instead the fucken nerd fired his ass to hell.

  • asnaes1981

    July 31, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I was forbidden to play this game when I was a kid, and I’m glad I never played it.

  • irad15

    August 27, 2011 at 7:19 am

    First time he played AVGN song

  • Nintendofan97

    August 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    wow, this is the first video with the theme song. hes the angry nintendo nerd. first time i saw that, and im a huge fan!

  • mxc82

    September 6, 2011 at 12:42 am

    My favorite was the game over message. It’s a big fuck you in your face.

  • MrBrrumpkins

    October 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    ha..one of the first i saw..in a public library..i had to restrain myself from laughing out loud

  • October 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I just realized that you misspelled Jason Voorhees as “Jason Vorhees”. Was that on purpose to avoid the ire and wrath of TEH LAWYARS or was that accidental?

  • ToaAntan

    October 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Where did Mike get that Jason mask. It looks like none I’ve ever seen before but I can TELL its from part 7 because its missing the chunk from the side. could someone give me some product info on it?

  • Polarthief

    November 1, 2011 at 2:14 am

    James, I love your videos! I’ve seen all of them at least twice or thrice and I can’t wait for the movie and future episodes 😀

    This one however, I feel like you aren’t giving an honest “view” of it. After watching it, I, for god knows what reason, decided to try it.

    The whole “Left and right” thing, yeah it’s kinda messed up, but if you think about it, when you go LEFT, you go clockwise (So if you’re on the south side, you actually will go left). When you go RIGHT, you go counter-clockwise (So if you’re on the south side, you actually will go right).

    When Jason’s at a cabin with a camp counselor, you can actually go into ANY small cabin, open the map, and you can actually change to any of your alive counselors (including the one who’s in the same cabin as Jason, which saves you the time from having to travel to it).

    Each of the counselors have different stats (movement speed, throwing speed, rowing speed, etc) and all have different inventories (which can be swapped).

    I will however agree with you that the rock is a total shitload of fuck, and upgrading to at least the knife is 100% mandatory 😀

    PS: You’re supposed to dodge in the “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!” parts =)

  • senna4ever

    December 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Well, this was better then the Friday remake a few years back.

    At least I beleived this Jason.

  • MechaMothra

    December 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    What about the one for the commodore 64? Why didn’t you mention that?

  • Derailment

    December 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    whats really weird about the cabins, i noticed, is the small cabins (the small cabins have smaller icons on the map) all have the same layout, as do the large cabins. Also, only the large cabins have fireplaces. Weird. Lazy pricks.

  • honorableJay

    December 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    What I find funnier than this video (or sad depending on how you look at it) is I played this game to death as a kid and had about 90% of the game’s maps/mechanics memorized. In a casual playthrough I could beat it in about 30 minutes with almost every item/weapon available (minus the torch, crap weapon).

  • justindtrout

    December 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I can beat this game every time I play it

  • justindtrout

    December 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I know how to get the torch, but its like very touchy how you do it,


    January 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

    That was hilarious!

  • MrBrrumpkins

    January 9, 2012 at 1:16 am

    hey nerd! i rememiber when i first discovered you back in ’08. unfortunately, it was in a public library. i remember trying to constrain myself from busting out laughing. this particular video almost had me. the astroturf line!

  • Of_Anthony

    January 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Happy 13th AVGN…Jay Jay Jay Son Son Son.

  • beermoneymike

    January 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    my favorite video of the nerd!

  • MrBrrumpkins

    January 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Happy Friday the 13th NERD!

  • cpend7

    January 17, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Nerd use Gun “BLAST!!!!” Jonon died Nerd ” this game is a pies of s&!t!”

  • EpicCHAZZ

    January 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    It’s just soo awesome isn’t it!?!

  • the_human_pokedex

    January 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    the start of the true avgn with the theme ahhh

  • Jordanv78

    January 27, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Such a great episode. I remember this game got me to be wary of that shitty Rainbow of doom 😉

  • MetalMatt

    January 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Alice Cooper kicks ass

    • RobertCain

      February 1, 2012 at 2:37 am


      Alice Cooper licks ass*

      There fixed. Jk jk

  • February 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Is that Motherfucker Mike in the Jason costume?

  • StephenKing

    February 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm


    Jason got the first ever intro song in this AVGN series of videoes.

    I got ALL the Friday 13 and Jason movies.

    COOL that this episode had the theme song first and that it has an ACE intro.

  • StephenKing

    February 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    OH my goodness I nearly SHIT my trousers. I had seen the episode before and I thought that Jason was going to come soon but I’m using a really good headset for sound so when he came my heart skipped a beat.

  • JaysonGeronca

    February 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Jason should mass murder the makers of this game!

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  • JaysonGeronca

    February 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Jason should kill all the makers of this game!

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  • kingofthecloset

    February 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    “what a wonderful game.” even after 100+ episodes and the better production quality over the last few years, this and the freddy episodes are 2 of the best directed/edited episodes

  • MegamanXZero

    February 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    “It can kiss my fuckin’ asshole!” I LOL’d

  • Kaleidoscopic God

    March 10, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I always wondered: why DOESN’T he have a buffalo take a diarrhea dump in his ear? Why doesn’t he eat the rotten asshole of a roadkilled skunk (and down it with beer)?

  • Kaleidoscopic God

    March 10, 2012 at 1:06 am

    The basics of left/right did most certainly apply. The lake, seen below and to the left of the road on the map at that time, was in the background on the game screen.

  • Kaleidoscopic God

    March 10, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Triple post means I have to say I’m sorry, so… I’m sorry.I love how Jason there nods in agreement to the Nerd’s compliments over the Game Over screen.

  • DamonPulse

    March 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    y’know, sometimes I actually want to play a game you’ve reviewed, then I watch the review and the feeling goes away ^-^

  • LoganAlberding

    March 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    he should do a revisit of this game and nightmare on elm street

  • JamesDavis

    March 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    jason voorhees vs master chief 4:38

  • likalaruku

    April 5, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Posters alllll over the house.

  • sflowers539

    April 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    This game was nuts, we all played it as kids even though we did not really know what we were doing. Over 10 years later when I was in college I finally beat it in my parent’s basement one day where my old NES was still hooked up. I never thought I would do it, I beat some of the all time hard NES games as a kid but not this one until I was an adult.

  • Mad Gamer xD

    May 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

    they did a bad spoof of friday the thirteenth and some bad movie on a cartoon total drama island the episode sucked golf balls.

    avgn is awesome find a game to blow a large gasket on lol make an episode where the top of your head pops off after steam blows out xD

  • Aaron1375

    June 24, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Yeah! Logic is for pussies!

  • sdk2k9

    July 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I actually watched this review on Friday the 13th…… weird

  • Dirty Jared

    July 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    That time of the year again. A great review!

  • jacko wacko

    July 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    This and the Nightmare On Elm Street episode were the first episodes i ever saw

  • Kimmonator

    July 26, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Whoa! I just fucking realized that, this video is posted on Friday the 13th. Coincidence?

  • November 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    When Nerd did that rage in the beginning following the gushing,I was like,YES!

  • David Whitton

    December 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    A certain amount of people claimed that Friday the 13th, despite being made by the 4kids Entertainment of video game companies, LJN, is actually a good game, as far as I have looked through Customer Reviews on Amazon.com. But I haven’t played it because I am not collecting any game by that shitty company for my NES & SNES. Still, this was one of the best episodes in the series, James.

  • HighVoltage

    March 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Game Over Man. Game Over.

  • June 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Jason should murder LJN for making this horrible abomination.

    • Senna4ever

      December 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Except LJN didn’t “make” it.

  • September 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I never noticed the Tiger wrist game reference at 10:40. That is even funnier in light of James’ new review. This review was one of the first I saw. Classic.

  • B Scott

    September 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    It’s so fun to watch this on Friday the 13th.

  • Ryan Steiner

    September 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I love how loaded with sarcasm this episode is. I remember thinking “hmm, whats up with all this…” the first time i saw it, til Jason popped up from behind the couch lol

  • November 24, 2013 at 2:24 am

    This game is so “great” (great at being bad) that I just wouldn’t take it. I would have shut off my NES, if I had one.

  • Michael

    December 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Really. What was more frightening? Jason with the bloody machete? Or the LJN logo on the cart?

  • Kjetil hÃ¥vÃ¥s

    January 25, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Friday the 13th NES was the first AVGN episde that I saw and it was in year 2007.

  • oscuro

    May 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Two things. First I think his older videos really are some of the best just like the older star wars they are really low budget but just creative and funny.
    Second, I played some of these games a ton as a kid. This was one of them, and parts of game really suck just you mention. That being said its a really unique game with a lot of potential that went unused. They had some cool ideas under the pile of crap. It was scary as a kid I really liked it

  • Aaron1375

    June 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I played this one and I was able to defeat Jason, but then he came back stronger. Love this episode, makes me want to inflict myself with pain by playing it as I do own it!

  • June 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Your house is ginormous James … holy Jesus marmelade , very nice kitchen there . Did you ever try to smoke cereal? Man,it fucks you up…

  • taykel

    March 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    One of the best AVGN moments.
    “Don’t kill me!”
    Jason shows Nerd the game.
    “Kill me.”

  • November 7, 2017 at 2:51 am

    The game has NOTHING to do with Friday the 13th, I agree with AVGN. The game sucks ass.

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