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Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team

Players
1
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Medium

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. The Game Boy port is remarkably similar to the NES version (including all stages) yet it lacks two player support.

GEN

Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team

Players
22
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’93

Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team is a crossover brawler from Rare. It’s combat is more similar to Battletoads than DD. It features exaggerated finisher attacks and a ton of alternate gameplay modes.

SNES

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs

Players
22
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Hardcore

Release

’93 ’94

Battletoads in Battlemaniacs is the sequel to Rare’s love-it-or-hate-it brawler on the NES. Like its predecessors, it features extremely difficult memorization-based gameplay with a ton of variety. Unfortunately, this game has less than half the stages of the original and some of them are just rehashes, such as the high-speed bike section.

GB

Battletoads in Ragnarok's World

Players
1
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Hardcore

Release

’93

Battletoads in Ragnarok’s World is a port of the original NES ’Toads game to the Game Boy. Although it maintains the original’s mechanics and focus on variety, it lacks two player support and has about half as many stages. The levels it does include are arguably the most memorable, such as the rappelling section, hoverbike stage, and snake area.

SNES

Bebe's Kids

Players
22
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Easy

Release

’94

Bebe’s Kids is a licensed Western-developed beat ’em up based on the film of the same name. Its gameplay features stage-based goals such as destroying falling glass objects and navigating through a haunted house. Besides that, this game is notable for its extremely poor quality across the board.

GEN

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

Players
22
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Casual

Release

’94

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon is a port of Bandai’s SNES brawler of the same name. It stars the ultra-popular Sailor Moon Girls in a Final Fight-style brawler with two-player co-op.

ARC

Blade Master

Players
22
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Hardcore

Release

’91

Blade Master is a one-of-a-kind hack ’n’ slash brawler from Irem. In addition to phenomenal enemy design and pixel art, it features an atypical combat engine that emphasizes parries, ripostes, and strange projectile aerial attacks.

SNES

Brawl Brothers

Players
22
Length

1:00

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’92 ’92

Brawl Brothers is the second game in Jaleco’s SNES-only Rushing Beat trilogy. It’s a Final Fight-esque beat ’em up with a cartoony style, five playable characters, and surprisingly steep challenge. It also maintains its predecessor’s "Ikari mode" which grants a brief invincibility period when you’re low on health.

ARC

Brute Force

Players
22
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Casual

Release

’91

Brute Force is an early western-developed arcade-exclusive beat ’em up from Leland with a classic urban setting. It plays like a watered-down Double Dragon with far fewer attacks, enemies, and bosses. However, it does have plenty of weapons and even guns. It’s mainly notable for its extensive use of voice-overs, not to mention its goofy rap intro.

ARC

Bucky O'Hare

Players
4444
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Casual

Release

’92

Bucky O’Hare is a licensed brawler from Konami featuring fully animated and voiced cutscenes. It emphasizes projectile attacks more than any other brawler, to the point of almost being a run ’n’ gun shooter. It’s also notable for having persistent weapon upgrades that are only lost on death.

ARC

Burning Fight

Players
22
Length

0:30

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’91

Burning Fight is the quintessential Final Fight rip-off. Even its title and logo are obvious plagiarisms. It mixes up the formula with a kick button, optional bonus stages, and not much else.

ARC

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Players
333
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’93

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is a Final Fight-style brawler by Capcom. It’s licensed off of an obscure comic book series and TV show about a group of dinosaur protectors 400 years in the future who drive around in Cadillacs. It features a handful of special techniques and a ton of weapons, including guns.

ARC

Captain America and the Avengers

Players
4444
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’91

Captain America and the Avengers is a Marvel-licensed brawler developed by Data East. Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision are playable characters and other Avengers join the battle in the form of special attacks. Its action is defined by unique character abilities, shooter stages, and projectile attacks.

SNES

Captain America and the Avengers

Players
22
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’93

Captain America and the Avengers is a faithful port of the arcade game by Data East. It stars Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision. Its somewhat unique combat puts a strong emphasis on projectiles.

GEN

Captain America and the Avengers

Players
22
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’92

Captain America and the Avengers is a faithful port of the arcade game by Data East. It stars Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision. Its somewhat unique combat puts a strong emphasis on projectiles.

ARC

Captain Commando

Players
4444
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’91

Captain Commando is a futuristic Final Fight alternative from Capcom that features ridiculous playable characters and bizarre enemies. It plays a lot like its predecessor but adds dashing, guns, vehicles, and four-player gameplay to the formula.

SNES

Captain Commando

Players
22
Length

1:00

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’95 ’95

Captain Commando is a port of Capcom’s arcade brawler with slightly scaled back features such as missing weapons, vehicles, and fewer onscreen enemies. It plays a lot like Final Fight and has the same bizarre sense of humor but takes it up a notch with a "very cool " blade-wielding mummy-alien and a baby that controls a mech.

PS3

Castle Crashers

Players
4444
Length

2:30

Difficulty

Casual

Release

’08

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.

SNES

CB Chara Wars

Players
22
Length

2:00

Difficulty

Easy

Release

’92

CB Chara Wars: Ushiwareta Gag is a cutesy two player beat ’em up from Banpresto. Like River City Ransom, it features super-deformed characters, dialogue, and an open world you can explore and fight in at your leisure. However, it lacks RPG elements and its gameplay is extremely simplified.

ARC

Chinese Hero

Players
22
Length

0:30

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’84

Chinese Hero is an archaic martial arts-themed arcade beat ’em up from Taiyo System Co., Ltd. It’s a single-screen game (i.e. no scrolling) where you have to beat all enemies in a stage to proceed. You have a punch, a jumping somersault attack, and a stock-based flying kick lets you cover long distances quickly. This game would later become the Super Chinese (aka Kung Fu Heroes) series on the Famicom.

SNES

Cliffhanger

Players
1
Length

0:45

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’93

Cliffhanger is a Western-developed single player brawler based on the Sylvester Stallone movie of the same name. In addition to standard Final Fight-style brawler sections, it also wall-climbing and autoscrolling platforming stages for variety.

SNES

Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice

Players
1
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Hard

Release

’93

Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice is a weird Japan-only brawler from Nichibitsu. It’s single player only, although it has three playable characters and RPG-style skillpoints that can be allocated at the end of each stage for extra health, damage, defense, and speed. Although its gameplay is shallow and it only has four enemies, it’s unbelievably weird and has some really memorable bosses.

PCE

Crest of Wolf

Players
1
Length

1:30

Difficulty

Medium

Release

’92 ’93

Crest of Wolf (known as Riot Zone in the US) is a semi-port of Westone’s obscure arcade brawler, Riot City. Like the original, its gameplay is a shameless knock-off of Final Fight but with even fewer moves. Also, it’s single-player only. This version features slightly remixed stages, a different player two character, and a rockin’ new CD-quality soundtrack.

ARC

Crime Fighters

Players
4444
Length

0:50

Difficulty

Broken

Release

’89

Crime Fighters is an archaic Double Dragon knock-off from Konami that’s notable for being the first four-player brawler. It also introduced usable guns to the genre. Its slapstick art style belies its brutal difficulty.

GEN

Cyborg Justice

Players
22
Length

0:40

Difficulty

Easy

Release

’92

Cyborg Justice is a strange Euro-brawler that features few yet powerful enemies and customizable fighters. It’s similar to fighting games in that it has several advanced techniques, but it’s crippled by extreme imbalance.

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