4. Captain Commando
Not unlike Pepsiman, Captain Commando was a corporate mascot for Capcom created in the late 1980s. But unlike Pepsiman, a lot of people absolutely love Captain Commando and his line of video games. Created as a beat-‘em-up a character for arcades of the 1980s/early 1990s, Captain Commando games are still ported to even modern platforms. The most recent release being the Capcom Beat-Em-Up Collection for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
3. Batman Returns
Much like the controversial Batman Returns movie, this adaptation by Konami was both graphic and gothic, perfectly blending Tim Burton’s eerie aesthetics with the beat-‘em up-style superhero mechanics. It also did a fantastic job of adapting the Dark Knight of the era, showing audiences everywhere that you can make a more mature-themed superhero videogame.
2. Captain America and The Avengers
An excellent video game released at the worst possible time, Captain America and The Avengers was an improvement to almost everything that beat-‘em-ups had to offer with its focus on game mechanics, flexibility, projectiles, and special abilities. The only problem: it came out around the same time as other historic arcade games. Titles such as Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, The Simpsons, Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time, and of course, our final game on this list. The result: Captain America and The Avengers was buried in the history books. Still, had it just come out a little bit earlier, people would be talking about it with as much aplomb as I do.