The ’90s was blessed with so many side scrolling beat-em-ups that arcades the world over were filled with the latest movie, comic and TV tie-in games. It was AWESOME! From the fantastic Aliens Arcade created by a company that had obviously not even seen the movie to the four-player majesty of x-men, Simpsons, and, of course, the Ninja Turtles.
For years many a kid pumped quarter after quarter into these machines in an attempt to finish the game and save the world/girl/themselves. Those lucky enough to have a Neo Geo could play most of the games at home, those with Super Nintendo’s and Sega Genesis machines could enjoy a few of the games and in more recent years… those with Mame on PC could pretty much play them all.
Anyway, I have gathered together 17 of the best side-scrolling beat-em-ups from the nineties and I would love to hear your thoughts and comments…
On with the show!
Aliens vs. Predator (Capcom)
The Punisher (Capcom)
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time (Konami)
Final Fight (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)
X-Men Arcade (Konami)
Denjin Makai 2 (Winky Soft)
Batman Returns (Banpresto)
And just because I can…
Aliens Arcade (Konami)
It’s not really a beat-em-up as such (unless you count the load lifter level) but it just fits so nicely in this list of 90’s games I just had too…