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Release year: 1989 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Sunsoft

Batman: The Video Game (NES)

Batman: The Video Game (AKA…) is a series of Batman games that was developed by Sunsoft for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and other gaming consoles in 1989. It was released shortly after the movie it was based on was shown. It is a side-scrolling platform video game that follows the story of Batman as he goes up against his mortal enemy – The Joker!

The NES version of the game has five side-scrolling levels and here, Batman can wall jump (unlike in the Mega Drive / Genesis versions). He also has three projectile weapons – a dirk, Batarang, and bat spear gun.

Some of the enemies include famous villains from DC comics – Nightslayer, KGBeast, Deadshot, Maxie Zeus, etc. The bosses, on the other hand, include Killer Moth, the Electrocutioner, Firebug, etc. The main boss, which you have to fight in Gotham Cathedral’s bell tower (if you ever get there), is none other than The Joker.

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Truth be told, working your way up the levels is by no means easy as The Joker’s henchmen will try to stop you. It is now up to you to use your skills, special moves, and whichever weapon is necessary for a given situation or enemy. Fortunately, though, you can gain more ammunition for your weapons and restore your health using the pellets and hearts that defeated enemies leave behind.

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Batman: The Video Game for the NES is definitely one of the best 8-bit platformer video games of its era, and it’s not because it was based on a popular film. In fact, there are certain elements to it that deviate away from the movie’s original storyline, like certain enemies (there was no giant computer in the movie).

Instead, this game’s fun factor stems from its fairly challenging gameplay and, coupled with Batman’s wall jumping moves, is sure to last even when it’s over, which is quite soon. The game, unfortunately, is short. But, it is short and sweet, and so worth your time.

Batman: The Video Game has been ported to NES (this version), and Game Boy.

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