Castle Crashers is a four-player cartoony medieval weapons-based brawler available on PSN and Xbox Live. It was developed by members of Newgrounds.com, and it has the distinct visual style and dirty humor that site is known for. Its combat is very simple, although it features a unique magic system with a refilling mana bar. It also places a strong emphasis on RPG elements like gaining experience to level up stats, buying items, and finding new weapons. It has a whopping 31 characters.
Double Dragon Neon is a modern revamp of Technos classic genre-defining brawler series available on PSN and Xbox Live. It keeps the series punch/kick button setup but adds a throw button and gets rid of a lot of moves like knees to the face. However, it adds an RPG element where you have a stance that affects your stats as well as an upgradeable special attack that costs energy. It has a humorous style and an excellent 80s rock soundtrack composed by Jake Kaufman.
Dragons Crown is a modern four-player weapons-based medieval fantasy brawler for the PS3 and PS Vita. It has a unique surreal oil painting visual style that the developer Vanillaware is known for. It plays like an updated version of Capcoms D&D brawlers but with a far stronger emphasis on RPG elements, namely equipment management. It features six distinct fighters with large, diverse movesets that can be upgraded with experience. It also has a cursor that lets you click on the background to find treasure.
Guardian Heroes is a one-of-a-kind weapons-based brawler from Treasure. It sets itself apart from the pack by restricting vertical movement and adding a three-lane system that you can jump between, sort of like the Fatal Fury games. This allows for complex fighting game-style move inputs for advanced techniques. It also has an RPG stat and experience system, as well as allowing you to control a golden undead night in battle.
Panzer Bandit is an obscure two-player brawler for the Playstation. Its largely a Guardian Heroes rip-off, as it features the same three-lane system and fighting game-style advanced techniques. However, it carves out its own niche with a futuristic setting, emphasis on projectiles, and an energy bar used for super attacks that fills up when you attack. It also has a Mega Man-esque stage select system.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a licensed brawler from Ubisoft thats based on the film/comic book of the same name. It features top-notch fluid pixel art and a phenomenal chiptune soundtrack from the band Animanaguchi. Its gameplay is very similar to River City Ransom, as you fight enemies with simple yet evolving movesets and then collect coins to upgrade your characters stats and buy items in stores. It has unprecedented level designs such as a movie set, a rock show, and a huge Halloween party.
Streets of Rage Remake is a fan-made two-player brawler for PC that combines all three Streets games into one package and adds new fighters, stages, enemies, and branching paths. It has Streets 3s combat engine, including star-based dash attacks and a recharging energy bar, although you can change the rules to make it more like Streets 2. It features a whopping 18 characters including three versions each of Axel and Blaze.
Three Dirty Dwarves is a unique three-player brawler made exclusively for the Sega Saturn. You play as a trio of dwarves who escaped a Dungeons and Dragons game and must fight their way through the real world to save a group of genius children. Its unique combat engine has a ton of moves and is very projectile-heavy. You can freely switch between the three dwarves at any time, and they have completely unique attacks. Also, each dwarf counts as a hitpoint that can be regained by attacking him when hes down.