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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 1993
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
2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1989
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
3
Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1989
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
4
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
vasilas432 added 1993
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
5
Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1994
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
6
X-Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1992
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
7
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1987
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
8
Golden Axe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1989
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
9
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
GabeLozano added 1991
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
10
Knights of the Round is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1991
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
11
Streets of Rage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added 1991
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
12
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Dea... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Jan 01 1992
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
13
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1993
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
14
Guardian Heroes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1996
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
15
River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Gron added 1989
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
16
The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
2005
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
17
Captain Commando is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1991
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
18
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1988
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
19
Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
2008
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
20
Golden Axe II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1991
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
21
Alien Storm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1991
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
22
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow ove... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1996
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
23
Streets of Rage 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1994
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
24
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added 1992
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist, released in Europe as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist and in Japan as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return of the Shredder ...more
25
Final Fight 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1995
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