Batman (Sega Genesis video game)

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North American box art
Developer(s) Sunsoft
Designer(s) Yoshitaka Kawabe
Composer(s) Naoki Kodaka
Platform(s) Sega Genesis
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player

Batman also known as Batman: The Video Game is a video game released for the Sega Genesis, which was inspired by the Tim Burton-directed Batman film from 1989. The Genesis version was also produced by Sunsoft. The game is more faithful to the film's plot than the NES version and features levels in which the player controls Batman's vehicles.


  • Gotham City Street: Batman fights his way through numerous henchmen on a rainy night in Gotham.
  • The Axis Chemical Plant: Batman infiltrates the Axis Chemicals plant, fighting Jack Napier's henchmen, and then knocks Napier into the vat of chemical liquid, transforming him into the Joker.
  • Flugelheim Museum: Batman makes his way through the museum, fighting the Joker's henchmen, and fights the large, boombox-wielding henchman, Lawrence.
  • The Batmobile: Batman and Vicki Vale are inside the Batmobile, escaping from the Joker.
  • Gotham City Carnival: Batman, piloting the Batwing, must cut wires connected to the Joker's parade balloons, inflated with Smilex gas, to save Gotham City.
  • Gotham City Cathedral: Inside the city's colossal cathedral, Batman progresses to the final confrontation with the Joker.

Similarities and differences from the NES version[edit]

Unlike the NES version, this version stays closer to the plot of the film, and features the Batmobile and Batwing in the form of horizontal shooting levels. While the NES version allows three unique weapons and unlimited continues, the Genesis version only has the Batarang as a special weapon with limited continues. The grappling hook is an additional item. The game also deviates from the film plot because, in the film, Batman attempts to save Napier from falling into the chemicals, but fails. However, in the game, Batman actually knocks Napier into the vat. This game has several cutscenes, with the player advancing to the next destination after defeating a boss character.

Like the NES version, the music was also composed by Naoki Kodaka.[2]


IGN gave the game a review score of 6/10 saying that "Sunsoft's Batman accurately recreates the movie and it was certainly a welcome treat after seeing the import featured in early gaming rags. Unfortunately, the game is too short and not especially challenging."[3] The game holds an aggregate score of 70% on GameRankings.[4]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "The Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive Music Archive". Project 2612. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  3. ^ Levi Buchanan (July 23, 2008). "Batman Retro Review The game". IGN. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Batman: The Video Game for Genesis on GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved March 23, 2014.

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