Batman Returns (NES)

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Like Konami's other adaptation of Batman Returns, the NES version is a side-scrolling beat 'em up. Next to brawling action, it also features two sections where the player controls the Batmobile and the Batskiboat seen in the movie.

In the beat 'em up sections, Batman has to defeat a large number of enemies (members of the Penguin's circus gang) to advance. Possible attacks include punches, sliding attacks, drop kicks and a powerful 360° cape slash attack which will drain Batman's health bar. Gadgets to be used include a limited number of batarangs and a grappling hook. The hook is useful for many things: it can take down flying enemies, pull Batman up to higher levels, lets him climb into open windows and more. Hidden in background items somewhere in the levels are power-ups, including hearts that refill the health bar and extra batarangs.

Each of the six levels in the game concludes with a boss fight against one or more especially powerful enemies.

The Batmobile is armed with machine guns and bat discs, used to dispatch the enemy bikes and cars in the driving level. The Batskiboat section is similar, except that there are no enemies and the only goal is to collect coins for extra points.


Batman Returns NES A speech at Shreck's
Batman Returns NES Starting the game
Batman Returns NES Intro
Batman Returns NES Fighting long-legged guys

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Game Freaks 365 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Nintendo Magazine System UK Feb, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Megablast 1993 72 out of 100 72
GamePro (US) Dec, 1992 3.5 out of 5 70
Total! (Germany) May, 1993 3 out of 6 60
HonestGamers Dec 14, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1992 24 out of 40 60 Feb, 2011 C- 42
The Video Game Critic Dec 04, 2005 D 25


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Terok Nor (26691) added Batman Returns (NES) on Jan 10, 2009