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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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Lethal Weapon1993Game Boy, NESOcean of America, Inc.2.98
The Punisher1993Arcade, GenesisCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.98
Streets of Rage 21993Arcade, Game Gear, Genesis, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.87
Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team1993Game Boy, Genesis, NES, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.66
Galaxy Deka Gayvan1993TurboGrafx CDIntec Inc....
Mighty Final Fight1993NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Batman Returns1993SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.35
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs1993SEGA Master System, SNESTradewest, Inc.3.35
Ninja Baseball Bat Man1993ArcadeIrem America Corp.4.33
Batman Returns1993NESKonami, Inc.3.51
Final Fight 21993SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.52
Cyborg Justice1993GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.83
Metamorphic Force1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.3.67
Golden Axe III1993Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.72
Edge1993PC-98Technical Group Laboratory, Inc.5.00
Violent Storm1993ArcadeKonami Co., Ltd.4.50
Night Slashers1993ArcadeData East Corporation3.62
Super Double Dragon1992SNESTradewest, Inc.3.90
Brawl Brothers1992SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation4.00
Sonic Blast Man1992SNESTaito America Corporation2.96
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The HyperStone Heist1992GenesisKonami, Inc.3.81
Final Fight Guy1992SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.39
Toxic Crusaders1992NESBandai America, Inc.2.75
Rival Turf1992SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.30
Mutation Nation1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.20
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Selected Covers

Batman Returns NES Front Cover
Front cover for Batman Returns
Golden Axe III Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe III
Rival Turf SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Rival Turf
Final Fight Guy SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Final Fight Guy

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Night Slashers
Screenshot from Batman Returns
Title screen
Screenshot from Ninja Baseball Bat Man
Selecting scenario for one-on-one mode
Screenshot from Golden Axe III
Company logo
Screenshot from Rival Turf