#98: Batman

Released In: 1989
Developer: Sunsoft
Publisher: Sunsoft

     On the eve of Gotham City's bicentennial celebration, The Joker shows up and starts causing trouble and it's up to you to save the day. You are Batman™. If you are able to make it past bizarre bosses such Killer Moth, Machine Intelligence System, and Firebug, you will get to square off against The Joker atop the Gotham Cathedral. Be prepared for the fight of your life, however, because The Joker can summon lightning for some reason. Loosely based on the 1989 film of the same name. Very loosely.

Syd Lexia: I hated this game and yet, I'm one of three people who actually took the time to comment on it. Jeez, what the hell is the world coming to? Batman isn't so much a bad game as it is a badly licensed game. It's a competent, challenging platformer, but it's marred by the fact that it is supposed to be based off the classic 1989 Tim Burton film. The game would have been much better if it didn't claim kinship to the movie, or better yet, if it didn't use the Batman license at all. Of course, asking a video game company not to misuse a highly marketable license is like asking Jessica Chobot to contribute something valuable to the video game community. You know, besides tits.

NOTE: In the event that Jessica Chobot finds this page, I was just kidding. Come to my house.

Dr. Jeebus: While Syd put this on his list of The 20 Worst NES Games That You Might Have Actually Played, I always loved this game. The dark atmosphere was great and the game was difficult enough to make it worthwhile. That, and it was the first game that I remember having a wall jump in it, which seemed so cool at the time.

DarkMaze: Remember that scene in Tim Burton's "Batman" where the dark knight battled robotic Wolverines at the Axis Chemical Plant? No? Didn't think so. As anyone who's played the game knows, it has virtually nothing to do with the movie on which it is allegedly based.

That being said, it was still a heckuvalot of fun. The music was particularly cool, and the game didn't suffer from the patheti-sad physics of other half-assed movie tie-in games like "The Terminator". In fact, Batman handles really well, and he's got a spiffy wall-jump that predates Samus's.

Oh, and best line ever: "Now YOU will dance with the devil in the pale moonlight!"

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