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ARC

64th Street: A Detective Story

Players
22
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’91

64th Street: A Detective Story is a gumshoe-themed beat ’em up from Jaleco. It’s claim to fame is the ability to throw enemies into the background, which breaks walls and reveals items. Besides that, it follows closely in the footsteps of Final Fight.

GBA

Advance Guardian Heroes

Players
1
Length

1:30

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’04 ’04

Advance Guardian Heroes is a pseudo-sequel to Treasure’s unusual Saturn brawler. Unlike its predecessor, this game uses a standard free-roaming brawler system rather than the three lane setup of the original. It still features magic attacks and light RPG elements, though. Additionally, it adds a unique death system where you have the option to play through the rest of the stage with invincibility when you die (although it’s Game Over when you finish the level.)

ARC

Alien Storm

Players
22
Length

0:30

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’90

Alien Storm is a futuristic weapons-based brawler from the same team that developed Golden Axe. Its rapid, distance-based combat is defined by its large movesets and unique Energy meter. Although it has few bosses, there are a handful of first person shooter and shoot ’em up stages to mix up the action.

GEN

Alien Storm

Players
22
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’91

Alien Storm is a port of Sega’s futuristic arcade brawler, developed by the same team who made Golden Axe. This version slightly mixes up the level layouts but otherwise plays like the original.

SMS

Alien Storm

Players
1
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’91

Alien Storm on the Master System is a severly scaled-back port of the Genesis version. It’s single-player only, only Slammer and Garth are playable, there are only three simultaneous enemies, and certain attacks were removed. However, it still retains the original’s "triplicated fun" in the form of traditional brawler stages, auto-scrolling shooter sections, and first-person turret stages.

ARC

Alien vs. Predator

Players
333
Length

1:00

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’94

Alien vs. Predator is one of the most beloved brawlers of all time. In addition to its crossover license, it has an extremely refined and varied combat engine that incorporates projectiles, energy bars, special moves, and freeform combos. Its hour-long campaign is packed with tons of variety and emphasizes fighting huge swarms of enemies with overpowered characters.

SNES

Alien vs. Predator

Players
1
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’93 ’93

Alien vs. Predator is a single-player SNES exclusive beat ’em up that’s unrelated to Capcom’s arcade version. You play as Predator, therefore the combat is dominated by charged range attacks and throwing weapons. It’s a straightforward, average brawler with a notable license.

PCE

Ane-San

Players
22
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Easy

Release

’95

Ane-San is a two-player brawler on the PC Engine Super CD that’s like a cross between Renegade and Final Fight but with an all-girl cast. You can play as any boss character after defeating them, although each character counts as a life. It uniquely features huge portraits for every enemy character as well as a high-quality rockabilly soundtrack including renditions of Lollypop, Johnny B. Goode, and even Swan Lake.

ARC

Arabian Fight

Players
333
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Broken

Release

’92

Arabian Fight is a Final Fight knockoff based on the Arabian Nights mythology. Its art style is notable for its widespread sprite scaling effects and hand-drawn anime-style cutscenes. It also features stock-based magic attacks like Golden Axe.

ARC

Arabian Magic

Players
22
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Casual

Release

’92

Arabian Magic is a weapons-based beat ’em up based on the Arabian Nights mythos. It plays like a mix of Golden Axe and King of Dragons with flying carpet segments thrown in for good measure. Each boss is a genie that can be summoned as a magic attack after being captured.

ARC

Armored Warriors

Players
333
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’94 ’94 ’94

Armored Warriors is a unique mech-based late-generation brawler from Capcom. Its refined combat engine features large movesets, ammo-based projectiles, and manic explosion-filled action. Its groundbreaking weapon system allows you to equip parts on your mech, changing your attacks permanently.

ARC

Asterix

Players
22
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Casual

Release

’92

Asterix is a licensed brawler from Konami in the same vein as TMNT and The Simpsons. It has a humorous, cartoony style and casual, accessible gameplay. It stars Asterix and Obelix, two Gauls empowered with magic strength, who fight against Julius Caesar and his subordinates.

ARC

Avengers

Players
22
Length

0:20

Difficulty

Easy

Release

’87

Avengers is an early overhead arcade beat ’em up from Capcom. Like most brawlers, it has an urban setting and its plot revolves around kidnapped girls. You can punch and kick but not jump or throw. You also die in one hit. Although there are large waves of enemies, most of them die in one hit. Bosses, on the other hand, have plenty of health and require skill and strategy to beat.

ARC

B. Rap Boys

Players
333
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’92

B. Rap Boys is the sequel to D.J. Boys from Sega. It features its predecessor’s hip hop style and rollerskate-based gameplay but adds new vehicles, 3-player gameplay, distinct characters, and a hip hop soundtrack complete with lyrics.

ARC

Batman Forever: The Arcade Game

Players
22
Length

1:00

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’96

Batman Forever: The Arcade Game is a very loose adaptation of the film. It features pre-rendered graphics and impressive screen-filling special attacks. Gameplay-wise, it sticks close to the Final Fight formula.

SNES

Batman Returns

Players
1
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’93 ’93

Batman Returns is a licensed single player SNES-exclusive brawler from Konami starring the Dark Knight. It features scenarios, characters, and even music from the film of the same name. Its gameplay is divided into traditional brawler stages and action platformer stages where you throw the Batarang.

NES

Batman Returns

Players
1
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’93

Batman Returns is a single-player licensed beat ’em up from Konami that’s based off the movie of the same name. Its straightforward, accessible gameplay is defined by an emphasis on mobility.

ARC

Battle Circuit

Players
4444
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’97 ’97

Battle Circuit is the last brawler released for arcades by Capcom. Its gameplay expands on the tried-and-true Final Fight with Street Fighter-style special attacks and unlockable moves. Its eclectic, cartoony art style features a superhero, a fox-lady, a sentient plant, and an eyepatch-wearing pink ostrich.

SMS

Battlemaniacs

Players
1
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Brutal

Release

’93

Battlemaniacs on the Master System is a shoddy port of the original SNES game. In addition to being single-player only, it’s also missing enemies, stages, and music. It was developed by Virgin rather than Rare, and it was only released in Brazil.

ARC

Battletoads

Players
333
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’94

Battletoads is a one-of-a-kind brawler from Rare that features anthropomorphic toads that can morph their body parts into weapons. It features intense scaling effects, extreme gore, and a raunchy sense of humor. Its gameplay is defined by its emphasis on finishers and variety stages.

NES

Battletoads

Players
22
Length

1:30

Difficulty

Brutal

Release

’91 ’91

Battletoads is Rare’s flagship brawler that’s notorious for its intense difficulty and unmatched variety. In fact, the majority of this game is composed of non-brawler levels like platforming and vehicle sections. Its combat is notable for its emphasis on dash-attacks and the ’Toad’s ability to morph their body parts into giant weapons to unleash smash attacks. This is one of the few games where co-op mode is significantly harder because friendly fire is always on and when one player dies in certain sections, both players are forced to re-do it.

GB

Battletoads

Players
1
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’91 ’94

Battletoads for the Game Boy is a unique ’Toads game that takes the basic gameplay mechanics from the NES original and creates entirely new enemies, stages, and bosses. Like other games in the series, it has very little pure brawler gameplay and instead focuses on variety sections such as action-platformer stages and space shootin’.

GEN

Battletoads

Players
22
Length

1:00

Difficulty

Hardcore

Release

Battletoads is a port of the NES classic from Rare. It’s known for its steep difficulty, excellent music, and tons of variety. This port is faithful to the original but has tons of glitches.

SNES

Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team

Players
22
Length

1:00

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’93

Battletoads and Double Dragon is a crossover brawler from Rare featuring your two favorite beat ’em up franchises together in one game. At its core, it’s a Battletoads game, so it has a strong emphasis on variety such as vehicle and platforming sections. Unlike Battletoads, it has a hefty dose of traditional brawler combat and a manageable level of challenge.

NES

Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team

Players
22
Length

1:00

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’93

Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team is a crossover brawler from Rare that features your two favorite brawler franchises together for the first time. It plays a lot more like a ’Toads game than Double Dragon, with a strong emphasis on vehicle and platforming sections over combat. However, its difficulty is far more tame.

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