When starting a new game in The End is Nigh, the game's opening is presented as a Let's Play video of Ash playing his favorite 8-bit game, The End is Nigh.

The player is clearly expected to fail here, because soon as you die a single time the game crashes and renders Ash's cartridge unplayable. This means you only get one try to finish the level.

Is it possible to beat the 8-bit intro level? What happens if I finish it?

8-bit intro of The End is Nigh

  • On an unrelated note, the intro level seems to be a throwback to the I Wanna be the Guy level from Super Meat Boy.
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 14:53
  • There's a video review somewhere on TEIN that talks about this, McMillen recently retweeted it Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 20:07
  • @StevenVascellaro TEIN = The End Is Neigh
    – Doc
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 20:43

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Yes, it is possible to beat the intro level

(but holy smokes does it seem like a piece of work)

Beating the intro level on Steam will unlock the secret achievement Streaming Mimi. The Nintendo Switch has no trophy support, so it is unlikely you are awarded anything other than satisfaction.

Here's a video showing full completion of the intro.

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    Crap on a stick that looks hard
    – Nico
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 12:13
  • Nothing happens? Not even storywise? TEIN starts when you die in the arcade game, so I would've thought maybe TEIN doesn't start and you'll get the credits immediately.
    – Rudey
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 21:35

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