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Batman: The Video Game

Batman NES BoxBatman: The Video Game is a platforming video game developed and published by Sunsoft for the Nintendo Entertainment System.  As the name implies the game is based loosely on the 1989 Tim Burton’s Batman starring Michael Keaton.

Sunsoft developed several games using the same title “Batman: The Video Game”, the first being released for the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System.   Shortly after the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game they released versions for the Game Boy, Sega Mega Drive / Genesis and PC Engine.  Despite using the same title, all four games are completely different games.

The Famicom / Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game features five levels, Gotham City, Axis Chemical Factory, Underground Conduit, Laboratory Ruins and concludes in a showdown with the Joker in the bell tower of Gotham Cathedral.  The game features five boss battles aside from the final battle with Joker.  Batman must defeat Killer Moth (an assassin hired by the Joker), Machine Intelligence (a security system), The Electrocutioner, Dual-Container Alarm (computer system) and Firebug (Joker’s personal bodyguard).

The game was well received upon release and was one of a rare few movie-based games that received positive reviews from critics.  Sunsoft created a sequel, Batman: Return of the Joker which released in December 1991 for the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System.  Unlike its predecessor the sequel was not based on a movie adaptation but rather an original concept based more closely on the modern comic book iteration of Batman.

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Developer(s)Sunsoft
Publisher(s)Sunsoft
SeriesSunsoft Batman
PredecessorNone
SuccessorBatman: Return of the Joker
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System
Famicom
Media TypeCartridge
ReleaseJP: December 22, 1989
NA: February 13, 1990
EU: September 14, 1990
Genre(s)Platformer
Mode(s)Single-player
Development TimeTBD
BudgetTBD
SalesTBD
RatingPre-Dates ESRB
Rereleased Platform(s)None

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ProfileNameRole
Nobuyuki HaraNobuyuki HaraComposer
Naoki KodakaNaoki KodakaComposer
Profile PlaceholderKazutomo MoriDesigner
Profile PlaceholderS. P. TakaDesigner
Profile PlaceholderYoshiaki IwataDesigner
Profile PlaceholderNoriko SakaiDesigner
Profile PlaceholderTadashi KojimaDesigner
Profile PlaceholderKeiichi SuzukiProgrammer
Profile PlaceholderHiroaki HigashiyaProgrammer
Profile PlaceholderYuichi UedaProgrammer
Profile PlaceholderYoshiaki KomadaSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderMieko SanSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderPaul SanSpecial Thanks

Nintendo Entertainment System

Famicom

Media & Promotional Material

Batman: The Video Game - NES Commercial
Batman: The Video Game (NES) Part 1 - James & Mike Mondays