Tag Archives: beat-em-up

National Game Registry 1992: X-Men

X-MEN
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Konami
key personnel
Junya Nakano

Konami continued its beat-em-up co-domination with another licensed release.  Some configurations of the game allowed SIX players to play simultaneously, resulting in a raucous experience (and hopefully a few deaths).

X-Men was inducted on October 21st, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1991: Captain Commando

CAPTAIN COMMANDO
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Capcom
key personnel
Akira Yasuda (design/art)
Junicho Ohno (design)
Masaki Izutani (music)
Shun Nishigaki (music)

The beat-em-up era continues with this spiritual successor to Final Fight.

Captain Commando was inducted on September 9th, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1989: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
aka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Kame Ninja
original platform
arcade (1989)
developer/publisher
Capcom
key personnel
Mitsuhiko Izumi (music)
Miki Higashino (music)

A simple-minded but action-packed brawler, very true in look and feel to the television cartoon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was inducted on August 29th, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1988: Double Dragon II

DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Technos Japan
key personnel
Yoshihisa Kishimoto

Following a rather graphic murder, the Double Dragons seek . . . revenge.  Surprisingly, Technos completely changed the fighting system for this sequel.

Double Dragon II: The Revenge was inducted on August 23rd, 2009.

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National Game Registry 1987: Double Dragon

DOUBLE DRAGON
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Technos Japan
key personnel
Yoshihisa Kishimoto

The first of the great arcade beat-em-up/brawlers, launching a trend that would dominate arcades for the next five years. Unlike most later brawlers Double Dragon is full of platforming, vertical scrolling, and opportunities to trick enemies into falling into pits, killing each other, etc..

Double Dragon was inducted on August 23rd, 2009.

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