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Genre: Beat 'em up / Brawler

Group Description

Beat 'em ups, also known as Brawlers, are action games revolving around melee combat between the protagonist and a number of enemies. The distinction between beat 'em ups and fighting games in the narrow sense of the word is the number of opponents (beat 'em ups rarely feature one-on-one fighting) and the protagonist's ability to move through a level (stage) rather than being confined to one screen.

Traditional beat em ups are side-scrolling 2D games; typically, gameplay mechanics in those games are quite simple, consisting of the protagonist slowly making his way through a large number of enemies. In many brawlers the protagonist is unable to proceed until he has cleared a small portion of the stage of the enemies.

In many of these games, the protagonist has the ability to freely move on the horizontal plane (i.e. move "into the screen"). Such brawlers were often referred to as "3D beat 'em ups". However, with the advent of real-time 3D graphics, the term "3D beat em up" began to refer to brawlers set in a 3D environment.

  • Versus fighting games in which the participants are confined to a small stage usually composed of one screen should not be included in this group.
  • Games in which protagonists use ranged weapons, guns, magic, and other non-melee alternatives to deal with the enemies, and/or heavily rely on bladed weapons (swords, etc.) should be excluded as well. Use your judgment: if you don't have a feeling that you are actually beating up your opponents, the game in question probably shouldn't belong here.
  • Games that focus on platform-style gameplay (jumping, avoiding hazards, etc.) are not allowed.
  • Only games that are predominantly brawlers should be included. For the sake of clarity, hybrid games that merge beat 'em up gameplay with other genres (such as Yakuza games) should not be accepted, unless the brawling gameplay is clearly dominant.

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Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.75
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Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp.4.33
Splatterhouse 31993GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.86
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.32
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.35
Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon1993Genesis, SNESAngel3.10
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.3.67
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Riot Zone1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.2.67
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.50
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.57
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation3.89
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
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Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.39
Sonic Blast Man II1994SNESTaito America Corporation4.20
Stone Protectors1994SNESKotobuki System Co., Ltd.4.36
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp.5.00
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation2.60
Battletoads1994ArcadeElectronic Arts, Inc.4.17
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.28
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.30
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Selected Covers

Batman Returns NES Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Returns
Batman Returns SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Returns
Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Splatterhouse 3

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Batman Returns
Screenshot from Batman Returns
Title Screen
Screenshot from Stone Protectors
Title screen
Screenshot from Galaxy Deka Gayvan