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Batman Returns
Box artwork for Batman Returns.
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Beat 'em up
Mode(s)Single player
Preceded byBatman Returns
Followed byBatman: The Animated Series
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Batman Returns is a beat 'em up game, which was released by Konami on the NES in 1993 (despite being copyrighted as is 1992, when the movie Batman Returns was made); it is one of several games released as tie-ins for the film of that same name. The Sega Master System and Game Gear version, which was also released for: Sega Genesis, Atari Lynx, MS-DOS, SNES, Sega CD, and Commodore Amiga, is significantly different (and it only comprises five stages as opposed to six in multiple parts).


At one time Gotham City lay covered with a shroud of fear. Grime filled every nook and cranny of the city as gang bosses grew fat and powerful. The ultimate leader was the Joker. The green-haired madman with the killer smile took over as no Mafia don ever had. Nothing stood between him and total control over Gotham City - except Batman.
The arrival of the Batman sparked a renaissance in Gotham City. As the citizens reclaimed the city, the Dark Knight served as her ever-vigilante protector.
Now, the city is preparing to celebrate the Christmas holiday. The annual tree lighting ceremony is set to take place in Gotham Plaza, with the lovely Ice Princess prepared to flip the switch after the Mayor gives his traditional speech.
The Mayor wants to keep the tone positive. He knows Gotham City is unrest lately. There have been a constant stream of reports filtering in from Police Commissioner Gordon's office of high crime in the inner city.
The Mayor invites Max Shreck - one of the city's leading citizens - to say a few words to the crowd. As he does, there is a rumble of commotion from the rear of the crowd. A giant gift-wrapped box rolls into the plaza. Suddenly the Red Triangle Circus Gang erupts from the package. They begin terrorizing the citizens spreading panic and fear. Reacting quickly, Gordon radios instructions to his headquarters: "What are you waiting for? Send the Bat-Signal!"
The signal reflects off the cloudy skies over Gotham City and is caught by sensors mounted atop Wayne Manor, located outside the city. These sensors turn special mirrors which bounce the signal into the study of young millionaire, Bruce Wayne. He rises, facing the window. Cast in the glow of the reflected Bat-Signal, Wayne's brow furrows. He steps aside into the darkness, and heads for the Batcave...
© DC Comics 1992

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