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The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time 

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This is a list of the best beat 'em up games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated beat 'em up games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest beat 'em up games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these beat 'em up games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging beat 'em up games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new beat 'em up games.

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Streets of Rage 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
KelseyMartin added Released: 1993 (MNM Software)
Streets of Rage 2, released in Japan as Bare Knuckle II: The Requiem of the Deadly Battle and in Europe as Streets of Rage II, is a side-scrolling beat 'em up video game released by Sega in 1992 ...more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1989 (Backbone Entertainment)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, released as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Kame Ninja in Japan and Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in Europe, is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up released by Konami as ...more

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Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1989 (Capcom)
Final Fight is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up produced by Capcom. Originally released as an arcade game in 1989, it was the seventh title released for the CP System hardware. Set in the fictional ...more

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The Simpsons Arcade Game... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
GabeLozano added Released: 1991 (Backbone Entertainment)
The Simpsons Arcade Game or just The Simpsons is an arcade beat 'em up developed by Konami released in 1991, and the second video game based on The Simpsons franchise, following Bart vs. the ...more

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1992 (Backbone Entertainment)
X-Men is an arcade game produced by Konami in 1992. It is a side-scrolling beat 'em up based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name. The character designs of the X-Men and the ...more

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Cadillacs and Dinosaurs ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
vasilas432 added Released: 1993 (Capcom)
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, released in Japan as Cadillacs Kyouryuu Shinseiki is a 1993 arcade game by Capcom. It is a side-scrolling beat 'em up based on the comic book series Xenozoic Tales. The ...more
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Golden Axe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1989 (Acclaim Cheltenham)
Golden Axe is a side-scrolling, beat 'em up, hack and slash arcade video game released in 1989 by Sega for the System 16-B arcade hardware. It is the first game in the Golden Axe series. Makoto ...more

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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (Capcom)
Alien vs. Predator is a beat 'em up video game developed and released by Capcom for the CPS-2 arcade game system in 1994. In the game, the players take control of up to three human and Predator ...more

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Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1987 (Technōs Japan)
Double Dragon is a 1987 beat 'em up video game developed by Technōs Japan and distributed in North America and Europe by Taito. The game is a spiritual and technological successor to Technos' ...more

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Knights of the Round is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Capcom)
Knights of the Round is an arcade game released by Capcom in 1991. A side-scrolling beat 'em up based loosely on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the game features a ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1993 (Sculptured Software)
The Punisher is a 1993 beat 'em up arcade game developed and released by Capcom. It stars the Marvel Comics' anti-hero the Punisher and co-stars S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury as the second ...more

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Streets of Rage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Released: 1991 (Sega Wow)
Streets of Rage is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released by Sega in 1991 for the Sega Genesis. It is the first installment of the Bare Knuckle/Streets of Rage series which was followed by ...more
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Streets of Rage 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (Sega Wow)
Streets of Rage 3, known in Japan as Bare Knuckle III and subtitled Tekken Seiten in pre-release media and the official soundtrack release, is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released by Sega in ...more

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Captain Commando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Capcom)
Captain Commando is a 1991 futuristic side-scrolling beat 'em up game originally developed and published by Capcom as a coin-operated video game, and later ported to several other platforms. It ...more

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Double Dragon II: The Re... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1988 (Technōs Japan)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is a side-scrolling beat 'em up produced by Technōs Japan originally released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1988. It is the sequel to Double Dragon, released ...more

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Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (The Behemoth)
Castle Crashers is a 2D beat 'em up video game independently developed by The Behemoth and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It features music created by members of Newgrounds. The Xbox 360 ...more

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Golden Axe: The Revenge ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Released: 1992 (Sega Wow)
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder is a side-scrolling beat'em up video game released in 1992 by Sega for the System 32 arcade board. It was the second game in the series. Despite its ...more
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Golden Axe II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Sega Wow)
Golden Axe II is a side-scrolling beat 'em up released for the Sega Mega Drive. It was released on December 26, 1991. It is the home console sequel to the popular game Golden Axe, marking the ...more

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Dungeons & Dragons: ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Capcom)
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara is an arcade game developed and published by Capcom in 1996 as a sequel to Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom. The game is set in the Dungeons ...more

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Guardian Heroes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Treasure Co. Ltd)
Guardian Heroes is a 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up video game in the vein of Final Fight or Golden Axe, but with RPG elements. Guardian Heroes was developed by Treasure and released in 1996 for ...more

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River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Gron added Released: 1989 (KID)
River City Ransom, originally released as Downtown Nekketsu Story in Japan and later as Street Gangs in PAL regions, is a video game for the Family Computer/NES. It was developed by Technōs ...more
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The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Rockstar Toronto)
The Warriors is a beat 'em up video game published by Rockstar Games. It was released on October 17, 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and February 12, 2007 for PlayStation Portable. The Warriors ...more

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Final Fight 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1995 (Capcom)
Final Fight 3, released in Japan as Final Fight Tough, is a side-scrolling beat 'em up by Capcom originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995. It is the second sequel ...more

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Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (Rare Ltd)
Battletoads, also known as Super Battletoads, is a 1994 arcade game developed by Rare and published by Electronic Arts. It is considerably darker in its theme and far more graphic than the other ...more
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Alien Storm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Sega Wow)
Alien Storm is a 1990 beat 'em up arcade game by Sega. It was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega Master System. The Sega Mega Drive version was also released on Wii's Virtual ...more

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