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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 NES Title screen (US)
Batman: Return of the Joker NES Stage 6 clear!
Batman: Return of the Joker NES Stage 4-1: Batman is about to release a shot from the charged C weapon.
Batman: Return of the Joker NES Stage 2-1: some moving platforms as seen in Mega Man.

Promo Images

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

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

Very impressive, but not flawless Bregalad (969) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Frustrated with Batman: The Video Game's difficulty? Try this one... chirinea (47006) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Great follow-up to a hard-to-follow act Multimedia Mike (20636) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Dec, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Defunct Games Jul 19, 2012 B 75
Play Time Jun, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1991 29 out of 40 72 Dec 11, 2017 7 out of 10 70
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Megablast 1993 59 out of 100 59
Game Zero Jul, 1992 50.5 out of 100 50 Feb, 2011 C- 42
The Video Game Critic Dec 04, 2005 D 25


Topic # Posts Last Post
SNES version? 5 Shoddyan (14354)
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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