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The Best Beat 'em Up Games Of All Time

Updated September 17, 2020 18.4k votes 2.2k voters 103.7k views101 items

The best beat 'em up games of all time for any console or system, ranked by gamers everywhere. These games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest and most popular titles are always at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these games are considered the best in the genre.

From popular games like features Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to classic arcade beat 'em ups like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more, this list includes all challenging games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new beat 'em up games.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best beat 'em up games?" and "What is the greatest beat 'em up game of all time?" Vote up all your favorites below.

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    Streets of Rage 2, released in Japan as Bare Knuckle II: The Requiem of the Deadly Battle and...  more
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, released as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Kame Ninja in...  more

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    Alien vs. Predator is a beat 'em up video game developed and released by Capcom for the CPS-2...  more
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    Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, released in Japan as Cadillacs Kyouryuu Shinseiki is a 1993 arcade...  more
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    Final Fight is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up produced by Capcom. Originally released as an...  more

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    The Simpsons Arcade Game or just The Simpsons is an arcade beat 'em up developed by Konami...  more

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    X-Men is an arcade game produced by Konami in 1992. It is a side-scrolling beat 'em up based...  more

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    Golden Axe is a side-scrolling, beat 'em up, hack and slash arcade video game released in 1989...  more

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    Knights of the Round is an arcade game released by Capcom in 1991. A side-scrolling beat 'em...  more

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    Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder is a side-scrolling beat'em up video game released in...  more
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    Double Dragon is a 1987 beat 'em up video game developed by Technōs Japan and distributed in...  more

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    Streets of Rage is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released by Sega in 1991 for the Sega Genesis....  more
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    Streets of Rage 3, known in Japan as Bare Knuckle III and subtitled Tekken Seiten in...  more
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    Castle Crashers is a 2D beat 'em up video game independently developed by The Behemoth and...  more

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist, released in Europe as Teenage Mutant Hero...  more
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    Captain Commando is a 1991 futuristic side-scrolling beat 'em up game originally developed and...  more
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    River City Ransom, originally released as Downtown Nekketsu Story in Japan and later as Street...  more
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