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From the ingame intro:

"Doctor Octopus is plotting the crowning caper of his criminal career... to rule the world. He has reunited the Sinister Six and with these super-villains together again, nothing stands in their way - except Spider-Man!"

Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six is a side-scrolling game which puts you in the role of Spidey throughout six levels against Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture, Hobgoblin and Doctor Octopus respectively. Some puzzle solving (like finding a key) is necessary to beat some levels. Spidey can duck jump, climb walls, punch, shoot webs to swing (by pressing punch and jump together) and perform a jump kick (by pressing the punch button twice). Collecting web cartridges allows Spidey to shoot limited web projectiles.

Although hard to die, Spidey has only one life, there are no items to recharge life (but killing some guys will do so) and only one continue.


Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six NES Here's Spidey performing Tarzan.
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six SEGA Master System Stage one intro.
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six NES Swinging through level 3
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six NES Battling Hobgoblin in a cave

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User Reviews

The Slightly Above Average Spider-Man NES tom Jefferson (51)
Poor Spidey, What Did They Do To Ya? NES ETJB (447)
An inferior port of an above average NES game. SEGA Master System Magus_X (104)
A decent NES Spider-Man NES Magus_X (104)

Critic Reviews

N-Force NES Oct, 1992 85 out of 100 85
GamePro (US) NES Oct, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Power Unlimited Game Gear Sep, 1993 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Magazine System UK NES 1992 70 out of 100 70
Video Games NES Dec, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Video Games Game Gear May, 1993 61 out of 100 61
Video Games SEGA Master System Jan, 1994 59 out of 100 59
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Jun, 1993 7 out of 12 58
The Video Game Critic NES Apr 17, 2006 D 25 NES Jun, 2013 D 25


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Although Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six came late in NES' history (1992), it is its one and only Spider-Man licensed title for the system.

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