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80s Week: The Best Looking Beat ‘em Up Games From The 16-Bit Era

The beat ’em up genre flourished in the late 80s and early 90s, with Capcom and Konami leading the way on the SNES and on the SEGA Genesis, as well as with a huge amount of great arcade games that never got a home console port.

We’ve selected some of the most amazing titles from this wonderful era, the ones that had the most detailed graphics and most impressive animations.

Aliens vs. Predator (Capcom)




The Punisher (Capcom)




TMNT IV: Turtles in Time (Konami)




Final Fight 3 (Capcom)




Street of Rage 3 (SEGA)




Spider-Man and Venom: Separation Anxiety (Acclaim)




Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (Gazelle)




Legend (Arcade Zone)




Knights of the Round (Capcom)




Comix Zone (SEGA)




The King of Dragons (Capcom)




Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara (Capcom)




Battletoads (Rare)




X-Men Arcade (Konami)




Denjin Makai 2 (Winky Soft)




Batman Returns (Banpresto)



Dozens of other beat ’em ups came out in addition to those ones. Show us your picks in the comments below!

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