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Batman: Return of the Joker

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Frustrated with Batman: The Video Game's difficulty? Try this one... NES chirinea (34779)
Very impressive, but not flawless NES Bregalad (916)
Great follow-up to a hard-to-follow act NES Multimedia Mike (17486)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Genesis 9 2.3
NES 20 3.7
Combined MobyScore 29 3.3

The Press Says

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NESJoystick (French)
Batman est avant tout un jeu d'action où, grâce à votre Batarang, vous éclaterez tous les méchants pervers vous barrant le chemin. Ajoutez à cela un aspect plates-formes non négligeable, ainsi que quelques niveaux shoot them up durant lesquels Batman est accroché à son jetpack et vous obtiendrez un jeu excellent par sa richesse et sa variété. Seule ombre au tableau, le jeu se termine en une heure montre en main. A vous de voir si ce défaut (non négligeable en rapport prix/temps) sera suffisant pour ignorer les très nombreuses qualités de ce jeu.
NESVideo Games
Alles in allem ist das Spiel sehr geradlinig: kein großer Pomp beim Leveldesign, bescheidene Extras und keine Warps bzw. Geheimlevels. In einer Zeit Extrainflation wirkt das jedoch ganz angenehm: Ein Held, eine Aufgabe - basta.
NESGamePro (US)
Aspiring Dark Knights will find this cart definitely isn't as challenging as the original because of the password system, but don't let that hold you back. This is still one of the best NES carts of the year. And that's no joke!
GenesisPower Unlimited
Zodra je alle mogelijkheden van Batman: Revenge of the Joker onder de knie hebt, zal je er veel lol aan beleven. Moeilijk, maar leuk. Het geluid is wel matig.
Ses grands sprites, ses beaux graphismes, sont finalement moins impressionnants que l'aurait été un bon gameplay. Le Batman original de Sunsoft avait une magnifique personnalité. Sur certains points il faisait penser à Ninja Gaiden, mais en tellement mieux, tellement plus juste qu'on aurait plutôt pris le jeu de Tecmo pour un ersatz. La suite, au contraire, fait un peu penser à Contra, un peu à Shinobi, d'autres bribes à un jeu d'action Capcom, sans jamais réussir à se trouver, ni à convaincre.
NESNintendo Magazine System UK
A good game which, although slick and playable, achieves nothing new and so renders itself immediately obsolete.
Malgré son changement de bord radical, ce Batman : Return of the Joker reste un très bon shoot. Il est beau à pleurer, arrachant les tripes de la NES. Saupoudrez d'une bande-son exceptionnelle, et vous obtenez un super jeu d'action. Il décevra cependant les fans de la première heure, qui attendaient peut-être autre chose...
NESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
This cart has about the best looking visuals that I've seen on the NES. Despite the graphic improvement there is something missing from this sequel that made the first so good. The gameplay is limited to a walk and shoot contest with pretty graphics and shallow gameplay.
NESJust Games Retro
It's certainly not the best game, and I would argue that the anime style makes it a less interesting Batman game, but it's a solid NES platformer. There are some creative battles during levels, like when you're being chased by the tank, and the Joker is always fun to fight. Replay probably isn't there, but worth a playthrough if you enjoy the genre.
Trotz Sprite-Geflacker ist die (meist) in alle Richtungen scrollende Grafik für NES-Verhältnisse wirklich toll, dasselbe gilt für die stimmige Musik- und FX-Begleitung. Die Dorne an der Rose ist die ungenaue Steuerung, welche man sinnigerweise mit einem streckenweise wunderbar unfairen Gameplay kombiniert hat. Was nützt da noch die ganze schöne Präsentation, wenn der Frust schon vorprogrammiert ist?! Genau das dürfte wohl auch der Grund sein, warum von dem Game bislang noch keine Umsetzungen für andere Systeme in Sicht sind...
NESGame Zero
Blah... Simply said, I was very unimpressed with this game. I have to wonder what the programmers who designed this game were thinking when they created Batman II. The animation is lack luster, the game control is poor, and whoever thought of making NES sprites this large must have been half asleep. The sprites flicker so much that there are times when your character is up to 50% missing from the screen when there are no enemies to be seen at all. The only saving grace here is great sound, and while paused the graphics look very sharp. I had hoped for much more.
I think it's rather shameful. Ringler Studios has a full 16-bit system to work with here, and I'm thinking at first that one of my favorite NES games will make the upgrade into one bad mo-fo of a game. Yeah right...instead all we get is a mediocre 16-bit version of an excellent 8-bit game. THAT, my friends, is embarrassing enough. But nothing was more embarrassing than having to be haunted by another Adam West-ish Batman. YEEEESH.
GenesisMega Fun
Schade! Während Sunsofts erster Batman noch Spaß machte und durchaus zu gefallen wußte, geht dieser eindeutig baden. Das liegt an mehreren Fehlern und/oder Schlampigkeiten, die Sunsoft bei ihrem neuesten Werk unterlaufen sind. Zum einen wäre da der schräge und einschläfernde Sound, zum anderen wird man von der Grafik negativ überrascht; man fühlt sich ins Mega Drive-Mittelalter zurückversetzt. Das alles wäre unter Umständen zu ertragen gewesen, wenn der Spielspaß das Modul gerettet hätte. Doch, oh Schreck, hier siehts noch zappendüsterer aus: Die Kollisionsabfrage läßt sich treffend mit dem Wort “unfair“ beschreiben und die Steuerung hätte selbst mein Goldfisch präziser programmiert, Spiele dieser Art bringen das Gerät in Verruf!
NESThe Video Game Critic
Toss in a killer soundtrack and handy four-letter password feature, and Return of the Joker would appear to be a winner. But as I delved into the later stages, my delight gradually turned to disgust. Beginning with the snowy third stage, the difficulty changes abruptly from reasonable to nearly impossible. Missiles rain from the sky with no warning. Bad guys knock you off of perilous ledges. Mandatory hits are the order of the day, and most platforms either collapse or move like conveyor belts. The intense shooting action that was such a hoot in the first two levels takes a back seat to simply trying not to fall off of the screen. With stage designs like this, even a cheat code can't alleviate the frustrating gameplay. Revenge of the Joker could have been a nice twist on the standard Batman formula, but excessive difficulty and suicidal stage designs spoil the party.
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
Revenge of the Joker is pretty bad on all counts, with its only redeeming feature being that it makes the NES version look respectable. It's hard to believe that Sunsoft, who produced so many quality side-scrollers for the Genesis (including the first Batman) could botch this one so badly.