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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.

Limitations:
  • 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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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995SNESBandai America, Inc.4.50
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Ane-san1995TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.2.75
Iron Commando: Kotetsu no Senshi1995SNESPoppo Co., Ltd.3.25
Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams1995SNESPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.2.50
X-Perts1995GenesisDeep Water2.00
Little Fighter1995DOS3.17
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.46
Kaze Kiri1994TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Streets of Rage 31994Genesis, iPhone, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.66
Ghost Chaser Densei1994SNESBanpresto Co., Ltd.4.00
Nekketsu Oyako1994PlayStation, SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.4.00
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1994Game BoyBandai America, Inc.4.00
The Pirates of Dark Water1994SNESSun Corporation2.60
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage1994SNESLJN, Ltd.2.39
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage1994Genesis, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.28
Franko: The Crazy Revenge1994Amiga, DOSIQ Publishing2.41
Pee & Gity Special1994DOSFamily Production4.40
Last Action Hero1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited2.39
The Ninja Warriors1994SNESTaito Corporation3.92
The Death and Return of Superman1994Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America3.30
Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio-tachi no Banka1994SNESTechnos Japan Corp.5.00
Xi You Ji1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.3.70
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam1994CD-iPhilips Interactive Media, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Xi You Ji DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Xi You Ji
Ghost Chaser Densei SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Ghost Chaser Densei

Selected Screenshots

Pee & Gity
Screenshot from Pee & Gity Special
Title Screen
Screenshot from Last Action Hero
Title screen
Screenshot from Xi You Ji