Retro Gaming: Batman (Nintendo Entertainment System – 1990)

November 9, 2011

Retro Gaming

Batman was inspired by the 1989 Tim Burton movie starring Michael Keaton and was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was developed by Sunsoft and was an action platform game with the usual side-scrolling action that was popular during this time.

Batman contained five levels, with each level broken up into 2-3 sections and culminating in a boss battle in order to advance. Even though the game was based off of the 1989 movie, it deviated itself by including new locations to explore and some additional character appearances from the comic books (such as the level one boss, Firefly). The music was very catchy and upbeat for its time, matching the tempo and level surroundings of the game (it made Glacier928’s Top 10 NES Soundtracks list), and the cutscenes, while quick and abrupt, were entertaining to watch.

Not only could Batman use his fists to defeat his foes with a basic punching attack, but he also had his gadgets, and the game provided this by having three projectile weapons: the batarang, batdisk and bat speargun.  Another feature that added to the game play was the ability to wall jump. This option enhanced the platforming elements of the game and introduced an additional challenge.

While the game was extremely fun, it was also very challenging, as you had to restart an entire level if you lost a life. The Joker himself (who was strangely much larger than Batman) was a very difficult last boss that many gamers struggled to defeat (even though there was one trick I found to finally beat him). If you missed Batman for the NES, it is a game worth checking out, especially if you’re a Batman fan.

Do you remember playing Batman for the NES? If so, comment and share your memories with us about the game!

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