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DescriptionThe 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.
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- "Batman" -- Title screen/ instruction manual title
- "Batman" -- Japanese title
- "バットマン" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
|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||80|
|RetroGame Man||Oct 21, 2015||8 out of 10||80|
|Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library||2016||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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MusicThe music in the first two levels of the Japanese and western version is swapped.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best Movie to Game
- January 1990 (Issue 6) - Game of the Month
Related Web Sites
- NES Player - Batman (Shrine site with walkthrough, music etc.)
- Video review of Batman games (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews Batman-based games, including Batman.)
Unicorn Lynx (181409) added Batman: The Video Game (NES) on May 23, 2003
Credits (16 people)
11 developers, 5 thanks
Kazutomo Mori (as Kaz), S. P. Taka (as SP.Taka), Yoshiaki Iwata (as Iwata Kun), Noriko Sakai, Tadashi Kojima (as Tadashi)Music:
Yoshiaki Komada (as Don Gavacho), N. M, Tomy, Mieko San, Paul SanPresented by: