Total Nerd 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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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?"

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game 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

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Streets of Rage 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
KelseyMartin added Streets of Rage 2 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

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Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Final Fight 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

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Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
vasilas432 added Cadillacs and Dinosaurs 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

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
X-Men 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

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Golden Axe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Golden Axe 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

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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Alien vs. Predator 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

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The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
GabeLozano added The Simpsons Arcade Game 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

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Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Double Dragon 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

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Golden Axe II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Golden Axe II 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

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
The Punisher 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

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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 Streets of Rage 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

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Knights of the Round is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Knights of the Round 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

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Captain Commando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Captain Commando 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

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Streets of Rage 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Streets of Rage 3 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

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Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow ove... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara 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

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Golden Axe III is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Golden Axe III 1993 Golden Axe III is the last installment in the Golden Axe series released for the Sega Mega Drive on June 25, 1993. The cartridge unit was only released in Japan while the North American release ...more

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Captain America and The Avenge... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Captain America and The Avengers 1991 Captain America and the Avengers is an arcade game developed and released by Data East in 1991. It features the Marvel Comics characters The Avengers in a side-scrolling brawling and shooting ...more

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Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Battletoads Jan 01 1994 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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Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Double Dragon II: The Revenge 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

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Comix Zone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Comix Zone 1995 Comix Zone is a 1995 arcade-style beat 'em up video game. The game's unique feature is that it is set within the panels of a comic book. Each level consists of two pages and secrets are ...more

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Final Fight 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Final Fight 3 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

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist 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

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a beat 'em up video game released in 2003 by Konami. The game is based on the 2003 TV series. The main gameplay loosely adapts the following season one episodes: ...more

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Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Battletoads 1991 Battletoads is a video game media franchise by Rare that began with the original beat 'em up game Battletoads in 1991. Starring three anthropomorphic toads named after skin conditions, Rash, ...more

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River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Gron added River City Ransom 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

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: T... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game is a side-scrolling beat 'em up game based on the Scott Pilgrim series of Oni Press graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley, tying in with the release of the ...more

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Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Castle Crashers 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

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Guardian Heroes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Guardian Heroes 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

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Golden Axe: The Revenge of Dea... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder 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

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Final Fight 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Final Fight 2 1993 Final Fight 2 is a side-scrolling beat 'em up video game released by Capcom for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993. It is a sequel to the coin-operated arcade game Final Fight, ...more

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Batman: Arkham City 2011 Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game ...more

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Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of D... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom 1993 Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom, published in 1993, is the first of two arcade games created by Capcom based on the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game and set in the Mystara ...more

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Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 2009 action-adventure video game based on the DC Comics superhero, Batman. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in conjunction ...more

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Spider-Man: The Video Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Spider-Man: The Video Game 1991 Spider-Man: The Video Game is a 1991 arcade video game developed by Sega based on the Marvel Comics comic book character Spider-Man.

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Altered Beast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Altered Beast 1988 Altered Beast is a 1988 beat 'em up arcade game developed and manufactured by Sega. The game is set in Ancient Greece, and follows a centurion who is resurrected by Zeus to rescue his daughter ...more

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Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
JohnGrant added Punch-Out!! 1987 Punch-Out!!, originally released in North America as Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, is a boxing sports fighting video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) developed and published by ...more

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The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
The Warriors 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

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Alien Storm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Alien Storm 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

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Bayonetta is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Bayonetta 2009 Bayonetta is a third-person beat'em up for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, developed by Platinum Games in cooperation with publisher Sega. The game was originally released in Japan in ...more

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Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added Vendetta Jul 01 1991 Vendetta, known in Japan as Crime Fighters 2, is a 1991 side-scrolling beat-'em-up arcade game developed and published by Konami. It is the sequel to the 1989 Konami game Crime Fighters.

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Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Colin Dean added Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage 1994 Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage is a side-scrolling beat 'em up game for the Super NES and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, developed by Software Creations and published by LJN in 1994. The game, ...more

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Die Hard Arcade is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Die Hard Arcade Jan 01 1996 Die Hard Arcade, known in Japan as Dynamite Deka is an beat 'em up arcade game released by Sega. An original property in Japan, the game was published outside of Japan by Fox Interactive as a ...more

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Ninja Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Ninja Gaiden Jan 01 1991 Ninja Gaiden is an action video game released for the Game Gear in 1991 by Sega with license from Tecmo. It stars Ryu Hayabusa and is part of the Ninja Gaiden series, although it features a plot ...more

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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Batman Returns 1992 Batman Returns is a video game for various platforms based on the movie of the same name. The Sega console versions were published by Sega themselves while the NES and Super NES versions were ...more

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Dragon's Crown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Guillaume Pulyk added Dragon's Crown 2013 Dragon's Crown is a 2D fantasy action role-playing video game developed by Vanillaware with assistance from Atlus. Set in a medieval world of swords and sorcery, the game sees up to four players ...more

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Splatterhouse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Splatterhouse 1988 Splatterhouse is a 1988 beat 'em up slasher arcade game developed and published by Namco. It is also subsequently the title of the entire series of games released in home console and personal ...more

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Sengoku 3 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time

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Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja 1988 Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja, often referred to simply as Bad Dudes, and known in Japan simply as DragonNinja, is a 1988 arcade game developed and published by Data East. It was also ported to many ...more

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl, known in Japan as Dairantō Smash Brothers X, is the third installment in the Super Smash Bros. series of crossover fighting games, developed by an ad hoc development ...more