To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Batman (#Batman80, #LongLiveTheBat), AFJ has decided to join in the fun with columns, lists, and reviews from now until Batman Day (Sept. 15th, 2019). The incredible thing about 80 years of Batman in pop culture is that we can literally feature anything from comics to movies to Spring-Loaded Bat-Ears. Yes, Spring-Loaded Bat-Ears (Google it Millenials). Today, we turn our attention to a video game from 1989. Enjoy Junkies! #AFJ4LIFE
Written by Rick Alaia
This week we are looking at the Nintendo Entertainment System classic Batman: The Game.
To say I was excited about this game is an understatement. This game was released about 6 months after the blockbuster hit starring Michael Keaton.
I got it for Christmas that year. I remember I screamed "yes!", when I opened that present. I didn't even wait to open any other gifts. I ran to my NES and popped it in. The title screen ran and it was awesome! Then the game starts and standing there is a purple Batman. Thinking the game was glitched, I took it out, put it back in and powered it up again. But, there he was. It took me all of a minute to get over it. The game was fun, but HARD.
The game itself plays a lot like Ninja Gaiden. Its unique style is very addictive if you don't get aggravated too easily. It has plenty of encounters with Batman's rogues at the time, including:
Killer Moth (who I thought was Firefly)
The Joker (of course!)
The game has five, very intense levels. The final level is the showdown in the cathedral with Joker. He is probably one of the hardest bosses I've fought in a game. After much persistence, I beat the game. The ending shocked me. This was the first game I played that actually showed someone getting murdered lol. Batman straight up punches Jokers face and he falls from the tower.
Now I know in today's games that commonplace, but back in 89/90 things were different. I know out of my friends, I was the only one who ever beat it. Can you beat it? Grab a copy if you own an NES and play it and see. It's a fun game and must own for any Batman collector.
*Recently AFJ's own Bob Trate challenged me to play it again to see if I still had what it takes to beat it. I didn't lol. I sat down for 2 hours and tried to relieve that winning feeling. I failed, miserably. However, I won't give up and will update everyone when I get that win.*