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Best Batman Games on Nintendo Consoles

Best Batman Games on Nintendo Consoles

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Ah, Batman. The superhero who could easily solve a ton of Gotham’s problems just by redistributing a little of his billions in wealth, but instead chose to build a giant man cave full of gadgets and wear a cape to fight ridiculously stupid crimes. We love it.

And, since a new Batman movie is out, featuring an all-new man in the Batman (Robert Pattinson) bat cape, what better time could there be to rank every Bat game on Nintendo consoles?

Much like our list of all Spider-Man games, this list is designed to celebrate Batman by rating each of his games, from his Batman debut on the NES to his Batman returns on the Switch, and all of LEGO Batman, the Batman cartoon, and the gritty reboot of Batman in between.

Ranking will be done by user rating of each game on the site, which means that you can be the world’s greatest sleuth by determining which games you enjoyed the most and giving them a resounding 10/10 (or an 8 or 9 – those are good scores too!), or you can be the crusader capped against bad games and giving the worst of them a boost.

And yes, just like the Spider-Man games, the best Batmans are often found on the most powerful consoles from Sony and Microsoft…but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our own bat-bangers. In fact, we have 36 matches to complete!

So grab your Robins and your Alfreds and let’s take a look at the best Batman games ever made on Nintendo consoles…

To note: Remember that the ranking here is updated in real time based on each game’s corresponding user rating in the Nintendo Life game database. Even while you’re reading this, it’s entirely possible to influence the order below. If you haven’t rated your favorites yet, simply click on the ‘star’ of the game you want to review and assign a score now.

Batman: Dark Tomorrow (GCN)Batman: Dark Tomorrow (GCN)

Editor: KEMCO / Developer: HotGen

Release date: March 25, 2003 (United States) / April 11, 2003 (UK/EU)

Oh boy… It wasn’t a good time for the Caped Crusader. Widely considered the worst bat game of all bat games, Batman: Dark Tomorrow has been so poor that a planned port for the PlayStation 2 was canceled thanks to overwhelmingly negative reception. Plagued with bugs with repetitive gameplay and a sloppy camera system, Dark Tomorrow’s attempt at stealth action gameplay would be nearly perfected just 6 years later with arkham asylum.

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (N64)Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (N64)

Editor: Ubisoft / Developer: KEMCO

Release date: December 13, 2000 (United States) / January 19, 2001 (UK/EU)

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker tried to pay homage to titles like Streets of Rage and Final Fight with its side-scrolling beat-em-up gameplay, but ultimately the game failed to even mimic the slick gameplay of its core inspirations. It also turned out to be an incredibly short game, with many people beating it in just 1-2 hours, a problem exacerbated by the low difficulty on N64.

Batman: Chaos in Gotham (GBC)Batman: Chaos in Gotham (GBC)

Editor: Ubisoft / Developer: digital eclipse

Release date: April 16, 2001 (United States) / 2001 (UK/EU)

With a plot no entirely different from Batman: Arkham City, our brooding hero comes face to face with a host of escaped Arkham inmates plaguing Gotham City, including the Joker, Poison Ivy, Bane and Mr. Freeze. The game launched just before the release of Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance and featured a decent variety of locations, with some pretty cool boss battles to boot.

Batman Revenge (GBA)Batman Revenge (GBA)

Editor: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Release date: October 30, 2001 (United States)

Like many portable games of the time, batman revenge was a heavily modified version of its GameCube counterpart. Swapping 3D environments for 2D side-scrolling action, the game featured Batman taking on a whole bunch of rocket launcher-wielding thugs. With nice visuals and some interesting Batmobile sections, the game wasn’t a complete failure, but its home console sibling enjoyed a bit more accolades.

Batman Forever (SNES)Batman Forever (SNES)

Editor: Acclaimed Entertainment / Developer: Probe

Release date: August 1995 (United States) / September 7, 1995 (UK/EU)

Alright, we all know Batman Forever ain’t awesome. But let’s take some positives from the SNES beat ’em up. Music is damn good – Tim Follin, Andrew Brock and Geoff Follin have done a fantastic job of creating music that sounds great Batman. And if you want a quick flashback to the 90s, then This advertisement will teleport you directly there. But the SNES version of this game is disappointing. Long load times and objects obscuring your view are just the start.

Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu (GBA)Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu (GBA)

Editor: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Release date: October 27, 2003 (United States)

With gameplay similar to batman revenge for the ATM, Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu arguably claimed much smoother animations and visuals. Created specifically for the game’s plot, the villain Sin Tzu would eventually appear in mainstream Batman comics, but his appearance here sets the game apart from other tales in the Batman universe. Another fairly short title, this one can be beaten in around 2-3 hours, but its decent gameplay is worth it.

Batman Begins (GBA)Batman Begins (GBA)

Editor: EA Games / Developer: Indirect visions

Release date: June 14, 2005 (United States) / June 17, 2005 (UK/EU)

Here we go – the age of Batman scratching his throat. batman begins for the GBA opted for a more realistic visual approach in keeping with the gritty nature of Christopher Nolan’s new Batman trilogy. Following the film’s plot quite closely, sections of the game allow you to play as Bruce Wayne in all his civilian glory, primarily during his training with Ra’s al Ghul. It was a decidedly average game overall, and the planned sequels were eventually canceled after a host of development issues.

Batman Forever (GB)Batman Forever (GB)

Editor: Cheer / Developer: Probe

Release date: August 1995 (United States) / 1995 (UK/EU)

Although similar in plot to its SNES counterpart (they are, after all, based on the same movie), the Game Boy version of batman forever is naturally heavily downgraded to run on Nintendo’s brave handheld. Nonetheless, the action was reasonably well-implemented and there are some groovy tunes in the mix, but this one just doesn’t hold a candle to its more accomplished sibling.

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (GBC)Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (GBC)

Editor: Ubisoft / Developer: KEMCO

Release date: November 20, 2000 (United States) / December 8, 2000 (UK/EU)

Reception to the Game Boy Color version of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker was slightly more positive than the N64 version, with particular praise for the game’s cinematics. a fan of beat-em-ups. Not a terrible game, but not particularly good either.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (3DS)LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (3DS)

Editor: Warner Bros. / Developer: TT Games

Release date: November 11, 2014 (United States) / November 14, 2014 (UK/EU)

While understandably not as visually accomplished as the home console versions, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham nonetheless delivered an authentic and reasonably fun LEGO title featuring our favorite gritty superhero. It was hampered by clunky and repetitive gameplay and the enemy AI was quite poor. This is perhaps one for hardcore LEGO fans, only.

Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu (GCN)Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu (GCN)

Editor: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft

Release date: November 11, 2003 (United States) / December 5, 2003 (UK/EU)

The GameCube version of Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu featured frenetic beat-em-up gameplay; not exactly the kind of over-the-top action you’d necessarily expect from the Dark Knight, but it worked reasonably well. Players had the choice of controlling Batman, Batgirl, Robin or Nightwing, with the game presenting something of a precursor to horde modes, throwing enemies at you without the need for a pesky storyline. Not a bad entry!

Batman Begins (GCN)Batman Begins (GCN)

Editor: electronic arts / Developer: Eurocom

Release date: June 14, 2005 (United States) / June 17, 2005 (UK/EU)

Batman Begins is the only film in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy that has ever released a video game, and to be honest, it wasn’t too bad. It gave a new generation of Batman fans the chance to become the caped crusader, and you can see a lot of what the Arkham games would be perfect here, such as stealth segments and a variety of basic weapons such as grenades and batarangs. But the “HF transponder” is unique to Begins, allowing you to stun your enemies with “fear”. For a tie-in with a movie, that’s more than passable.