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The NES version of Batman: The Video Game is loosely based on the 1989 movie. It is a side-scrolling game, with a blue dressed Batman fighting enemies such as robots, jet-packed soldiers, ninjas and mutants.

The game consists in five levels somewhat related to the movie: Gotham City streets (with Killer Moth as the final boss), AXIS Chemical Factory (with Machine Intelligence System as boss), Underground Conduit (with Electrocutioner as boss), the Laboratory Ruins (the Dual-Container Alarm as boss) and Gotham's Cathedral (with Firebug as boss) where Batman finally faces the Joker. Before each level, a cutscene with scenes from the movie is displayed.

Besides his ever trusting punches, Batman has plenty of weapons in his utility belt: the Batarang, the Spear Gun and the Dirk (a three direction weapon). Batman has an ammunition counter shared for the three weapons. The Batarang takes one pellet per shot, the Spear Gun two pellets and the Dirk, three. Batman also has an eight hit life bar, which can be replenished by collecting hearts dropped by killed enemies. The enemies will also drop pellet items (10 pellets per item) and bonus items (which will only sum up points).

Batman can also perform a "wall jump": he'll grab a wall when jumping toward it, allowing him to escalate some narrow passages. Batman has three lives and unlimited continues.

Screenshots

Batman: The Video Game NES Stage 2 intro: the Batmobile cuts its way into the AXIS Chemical Factory.
Batman: The Video Game NES Stage 2-2: Batman uses his wall jump to climb his way through the factory.
Batman: The Video Game NES This one is tough.
Batman: The Video Game NES Stage 3-3: now we've got some enemies which seem to come from RoboCop or Terminator's universes.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Batman" -- Title screen/ instruction manual title
  • "Batman" -- Japanese title
  • "バットマン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

I'm Batman! And a great movie-based game! Ivan Obretenov (33) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Outstanding (and unprecedented) movie adaptation Multimedia Mike (20667) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
"Winged freak...wait till' they get a load of me!" Crazy Horse (12) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Batman's great foray into action-platforming. John H. (59) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

1UP! Nov 06, 2001 96 out of 100 96
Nintendo Power Magazine Sep, 1989 4.5 out of 5 90
Defunct Games Aug 15, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Raze Nov, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Just Games Retro Aug 01, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RetroGame Man Oct 21, 2015 8 out of 10 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1990 31 out of 40 78
Video Games Sep, 1991 63 out of 100 63
The Video Game Critic Dec 04, 2005 C+ 58

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Trivia

Music

The music in the first two levels of the Japanese and western version is swapped.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best Movie to Game
    • January 1990 (Issue 6) - Game of the Month

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