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Batman: The Video Game

by Sunsoft
Platform : Nintendo NES
36 customer reviews

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Batman: The Video Game. For Nintendo NES. Kids To Adults.

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  • ASIN: B0006TNCCI
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,282 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Koenig on September 11, 2009
There is no denying the fact that the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was, at its very best, a flawed piece of hardware. Gamers everywhere will remember all the tricks of the trade (blowing, pumping, squeezing, etc.) in order to get the games to boot up. Yet, for all its quirks, that system can never be accused of one thing: churning out classic games that entertained gamers for hours on end. "Batman" is one of those games.

Based on the 1989 film of the same name, this game follows the basic progression of the movie, including such levels as Gotham City, the sewer plant, Joker's television studio, and the Belltower. You play as the Caped Crusader who must dispose of a wide range of enemies (both on land and in the air) while also utilize some fancy jumping skills to scale tall buildings and reach key platforms.

I think that the real genius of the game, though, shines through in its perfectly designed difficulty curve. Though I consider "Punch-Out!" to be my all-time favorite NES game (with this one a close second), in that collection of pugilistic confrontations there is just too much difference between the hardest villain (Tyson/Dream) and the one that proceeded him (Super Macho Man). Basically, you can dominate the entire game and still get floored by Tyson/Dream quite regularly. Fortunately, Batman does not fall prey to that design flaw. Don't get me wrong...the game can be very difficult at times. Yet, the difficulty progresses in such a fashion that the skills learned in one stage will need to be mastered before you have any chance at the next one.

Also, on a bit of a side note, the music in this game is some of the best the NES ever produced.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joey Pimkowski on November 30, 2009
Batman for the nes is quite possibly one of the best sidescrolling games based off of a comic book liscense and sheer quality of this game is not often found with old games that are usually rushed to coincide with a movie's release date. Thiat is not the case here, what we have is a fun and challenging game that is leaps and bounds better than most of the nes competition.
For a game that's over twenty years old, the graphics are very detailed with lots of nice background effects like buzz saws spinning on the ground and the joker's face appearing on the computer moniters. Another cool effect is the spinning gears in the clock tower which also happens to be one of the most epic last levels in 8 bit. The only real problem graphically is that many of the middle levels don't really match the Batman theme very well and appear to be lifted from another game entirely whcih is really less of a complaint and more of a curiosity.
The gameplay is pitch perfect and the Batman handles in such a natural way.From the wall jumping to switching your three weapons on the fly, everything is mapped out to perfection. Many times playing this, I forgot I was even holding a controller, it really is that intuitive.
Last but certainly not least, there is the music. Each level has it's own melody that ranges from sweeping thatrical action compositions to moody more subtle sound. One thing is for certain, few nes games can manage to utilize the hardware and make the sound as quality as this. This here is a soundtrack that easily compares to megaman or castlevania and in case your new to 8 bit, that's a huge compliment.
Anyway, if you have an old nes lying around, dust it off and play this little gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cesar A. Gonzalez on June 29, 2013
It's a common thing for popular movies and cartoons to be converted into video games, and the era of the NES was no different. Following the success of the motion picture, Batman, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, came Sunsoft's NES adaptation: Batman - The Video Game. You play as Batman, and you are on a mission to stop the Joker from terrorizing the city. While movie-based videogames are usually quite terrible, Batman is one definite exception to this.

The graphics of this game portray the dark, gothic look of Gotham City very well. The enemies look decent and include robots, ninjas, and strange creatures that leap up and down on you. The bosses look really good, too, even though they're a little small. Some of the bosses look like they could've just been another enemy in the level, but they're still drawn well, and have a good amount of detail. The animation of Batman's walk and wall-spring jump is very good, too. The way his cape "billows" is a nice effect. Even though this game was based on the movie, Batman is wearing the blue costume like in the TV show, rather than the black costume of the movie, but that's probably so that he would stand out against the backgrounds. The backgrounds are dark, and may not look quite as colorful as the graphics of some other NES games, but it fits with the game's dark atmosphere. There are also some rather impressive cinema scenes in-between levels, some of which include digitized images from the movie.

Sunsoft really had a way of bringing out the best in NES soundtracks, and this game is no exception. They didn't use any music from the movie or any classic Batman themes, but the music they composed sounds very much like "Batman"-style music. It has a good beat, and sometimes it can be dark and haunting.
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