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Batman: Return of the Joker (Genesis)

Batman: Return of the Joker Genesis Title screen


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The Joker lives again in SunSoft's sequel to their NES original. The Joker has somehow managed to escape from Arkham Asylum once again, and Batman must fight him across seven stages to restore peace to Gotham City.

Batman carries a gauntlet shooting basic bullets by default. This can be upgraded with weapon powerups located in boxes throughout the level, giving access to homing and energy weapons. Every upgrade weapon can be charged up for a secondary attack, different for each weapon. Batman also has a slide useful against most enemies and some bosses.

Boss fights introduce a system where life is measured by points instead of tick marks or bars. In these sections, Batman has significantly more health, and can take many more hits when rumbling with these stronger foes.

Levels include a snowy landscape, moving train, military base, and sewers. Two levels require you to run and dodge explosions while vehicles keep pace in the background. Some levels also have Batman activate a jetpack and play through a short side-scrolling shooter.

This game is one of the few Batman games that was not based directly on a movie or television series.


Batman: Return of the Joker Genesis Underground cave level
Batman: Return of the Joker Genesis The cheap boss summons little satellites to help him
Batman: Return of the Joker Genesis The hero
Batman: Return of the Joker Genesis That's Big Boss!..

Promo Images

Batman: Return of the Joker Magazine Advertisement Page 22-23

Alternate Titles

  • "Dynamite Batman" -- Japanese NES title
  • "Batman: Revenge of the Joker" -- Genesis title
  • "Batman: O Retorno do Coringa" -- Brazilian NES title
  • "ダイナマイトバットマン" -- Japanese NES title spelling

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Computer + VideoGiochi Apr, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Power Unlimited Jul, 1993 7.9 out of 10 79
Mean Machines Apr, 1993 68 out of 100 68 Sep 11, 2006 5 out of 10 50
Play Time Jun, 1993 42 out of 100 42
Video Games Jun, 1993 38 out of 100 38
Mega Fun Apr, 1993 36 out of 100 36
The Video Game Critic Sep 24, 2011 F 0


Topic # Posts Last Post
SNES version? 5 Shoddyan (14312)
May 22, 2007


Cancelled SNES port

An SNES port was nearly completed but ultimately not released, though the ROM is available. Interestingly, it seems to have been made separately from the Genesis version and uses different art assets.


The short tune played during the "stage clear" screens was first used for the same purpose in the Genesis version of Batman: The Video Game.

Information also contributed by chirinea.

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Roedie (5250) added Batman: Return of the Joker (Genesis) on Jul 25, 2003
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