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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 First stage clear!
Batman: Return of the Joker NES Stage 6 clear!
Batman: Return of the Joker NES Gargoyle uses lightning on Batman.
Batman: Return of the Joker NES Stage 6-2: a "forced" scrolling stage where Batman has to keep walking beside the tank while avoiding falling with the loose ground.

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

Frustrated with Batman: The Video Game's difficulty? Try this one... chirinea (46337) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
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Great follow-up to a hard-to-follow act Multimedia Mike (20166) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Dec, 1991 4 out of 5 80
1UP! Jul 11, 2008 78 out of 100 78
Nintendo Magazine System UK Oct, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Defunct Games Jul 19, 2012 B 75 Jun 16, 2011 15 out of 20 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
Game Zero Jul, 1992 50.5 out of 100 50
The Video Game Critic Dec 04, 2005 D 25


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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