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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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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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 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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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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Golden Axe is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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Golden Axe II is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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Streets of Rage is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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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
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
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
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
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
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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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

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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Captain America and The Avenge... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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) 21 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Comix Zone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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) 23 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

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Golden Axe: The Revenge of Dea... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added 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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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) 26 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Guardian Heroes is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Colin Dean added 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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Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of D... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Final Fight 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Altered Beast is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 33 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

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: T... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Spider-Man: The Video Game is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Ninja Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Alien Storm is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Die Hard Arcade is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
JohnGrant added 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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Splatterhouse is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
_1445176307549 added 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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Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Splatterhouse 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
1992 Splatterhouse 2 is a sidescrolling beat 'em up video game released in 1992 on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis home video game console published by Namco. It is the sequel to Splatterhouse. On August ...more

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Bayonetta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
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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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Beat 'em Up Games of All Time
Colin Dean added 2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is an action role-playing game developed for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360 by Raven Software and published by Activision. The game was simultaneously ...more

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Dragon's Crown is listed (or ranked) 50 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