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Batman: The Video Game (NES)

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Description

The NES version of Batman: The Video Game is loosely based on the 1989 movie. It is a side-scrolling game, with a blue dressed Batman fighting enemies such as robots, jet-packed soldiers, ninjas and mutants.

The game consists in five levels somewhat related to the movie: Gotham City streets (with Killer Moth as the final boss), AXIS Chemical Factory (with Machine Intelligence System as boss), Underground Conduit (with Electrocutioner as boss), the Laboratory Ruins (the Dual-Container Alarm as boss) and Gotham's Cathedral (with Firebug as boss) where Batman finally faces the Joker. Before each level, a cutscene with scenes from the movie is displayed.

Besides his ever trusting punches, Batman has plenty of weapons in his utility belt: the Batarang, the Spear Gun and the Dirk (a three direction weapon). Batman has an ammunition counter shared for the three weapons. The Batarang takes one pellet per shot, the Spear Gun two pellets and the Dirk, three. Batman also has an eight hit life bar, which can be replenished by collecting hearts dropped by killed enemies. The enemies will also drop pellet items (10 pellets per item) and bonus items (which will only sum up points).

Batman can also perform a "wall jump": he'll grab a wall when jumping toward it, allowing him to escalate some narrow passages. Batman has three lives and unlimited continues.

Screenshots

Batman: The Video Game NES Stage 3 intro: the Joker taunts Batman.
Batman: The Video Game NES Stage 2 intro: the Batmobile cuts its way into the AXIS Chemical Factory.
Batman: The Video Game NES The second boss is the Machine Intelligence System.
Batman: The Video Game NES This one is tough.

Alternate Titles

  • "Batman" -- Title screen/ instruction manual title
  • "Batman" -- Japanese title
  • "バットマン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Outstanding (and unprecedented) movie adaptation Multimedia Mike (17487) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
"Winged freak...wait till' they get a load of me!" Crazy Horse (12) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Joystick (French) Sep, 1990 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamesCollection Jan 14, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Power Magazine Sep, 1989 4.5 out of 5 90
Defunct Games Aug 15, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Jaded Gamer, The Jul 21, 2004 84 out of 100 84
Quebec Gamers Jul 28, 2006 8.2 out of 10 82
Just Games Retro Aug 01, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Sep, 1991 63 out of 100 63
The Video Game Critic Dec 04, 2005 C+ 58

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Trivia

Music

The music in the first two levels of the Japanese and western version is swapped.

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