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10 Great Side-Scrolling Arcade Beat ‘Em Ups Of The 80s And 90s

As someone who was born in the early 1980s, I was around when gaming really started to get serious.

I began actually playing video games in the late 1980′s (mostly at home on platforms like the Commodore 64 and Atari ST) and, for the first ten years or so of my gaming life, coin-operated arcade games were the pinnacle of the gaming industry.

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Catoplepas1096d ago

No Knights of the Round, or Streets of Rage?

Sacrilege.

MWH1096d ago (Edited 1096d ago )

well it's an Arcade list and SoR is Mega Drive game. but yeah, Knights of the Round and Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja deserves a spot.

there are plenty of other good beat'em up games such as Golden Axe II: Revenge of Death Adder, The Legend of Silkroad, Shadow Force, Gaia Crusaders, Guardian Angel and many more but I think he aimed for the classics.

excellent list nonetheless.

hay1096d ago

It's hard to list JUST 10, but I'd personally add more Ninja Kids, Vendetta and Tower of Doom instead of POW, Simpsons and Captain Commando. Just personal preference.

Nick55381096d ago

Knights of the Round was awesome. I always thought Combatribes was pretty good too. I would pay gross amounts of money for another original Final Fight sequel on PSN and XBL...

3-4-51093d ago

Yea Streets of rage 2 is better than most of those.

MikeyDucati11096d ago

I remember the coolest part in Renegade to me was that you were able to throw guys onto the train tracks. I wasted countless quarters on TMNT (I was so disappointed when I got the NES version. My first lesson in porting) And I just realized that G.Andre on Final Fight was made with Andre the Giant in mind.

And I never heard of Cadillac and Dinosaurs. I must have stopped playing arcades by then.

CRAIG6671096d ago

TMNT and Final Fight are my faves...

MisfitsInc1095d ago

Aliens vs Predators arcade game