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Marvel Superhero Squad at Amazon
"Players can engage in a “Battle Mode” that offers a Marvel-flavored take on Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros Melee."
Batman: The Brave and the Bold at Gamestop
"Batman comes in many flavors, including the more lighthearted (as seen here)."
Lego Batman at Gamestop
"What really makes this game shine is the ability to play as Batman and Robin, or the series’ most notorious villains."
Ultimate Spider-Man DS at Gamestop
"Heavy on action, with shaded cartoon visuals pay respectable tribute to its comic book origins."
Astro Boy: Omega Factor at Gamestop
"If you happen to find a copy of this Game Boy Advance game, make sure you pick it up."
(2009, Beat-em-Up, Nintendo DS, Rated E10+) – Marvel’s superheroes are some of the most iconic characters in comic history, so seeing the Avengers and X-Men as adorable super-deformed cartoons will almost certainly make you double-take. Marvel Superhero Squad has a retro, tongue-in-cheek presentation that won’t blow your mind if you’re looking for a serious superhero saga to sit down with, but its basic beat-em-up action is great for younger fans of the Marvel universe. Players can even engage in a “Battle Mode” that offers a Marvel-flavored take on Nintendo’s classic brawling series, Super Smash Bros Melee.
Warner Bros. Interactive
(2010, Action, Nintendo DS, Rated E10+) – Batman comes in many flavors. While the movies give us a grim-faced Caped Crusader who hunts down criminals like a shark trailing its prey, Batman: The Brave and the Bold offers a much more light-hearted take on the Dark Knight. In the Nintendo DS game based on The Brave and the Bold, Bats teams up with Plastic Man, Aqua Man, or Red Tornado to take down the likes of Catwoman, Scarecrow, and the Joker. If you have the Wii version of the game, you can even use your Nintendo DS to connect to the Wii and interact with the game as the impish Bat Mite.
Warner Bros. Interactive
(2008, Action/Adventure, Nintendo DS, Rated E10+) – Lego Batman for the Nintendo DS is a lighthearted action/adventure game set in the Lego universe. Like all the games based on the Lego franchise, there are elements of construction and destruction: Batman beats up bad guys, makes ‘em shatter like so many plastic bricks, and uses Lego blocks to construct items and vehicles to get him out of trouble. What really makes Lego Batman shine, though, is the ability to play through levels as Batman and Robin, or the series’ most notorious villains. The levels change completely depending on whether you play for the light side or the dark side, so Lego Batman is one superhero game you can get a lot of mileage out of.
(2005, Action, Nintendo DS, Rated E10+) – Ultimate Spider-Man DS is an oldie, but a goodie. Players switch perspectives between Spider-Man and Venom while the story winds through a past that’s shared by Peter Parker and Venom’s host, Eddie Brock. The game is heavy on action, and its shaded cartoon visuals pay respectable tribute to its comic book origins.
(2004, Beat-em-Up, Game Boy Advance, Rated E) – Astro Boy: Omega Factor is a Game Boy Advance game, so if you find a copy, you’ll only be able to play it on a GBA, an original Nintendo DS, or a Nintendo DS Lite. If you do happen to find a copy of the game, however, make sure you pick it up: it’s one of the best superhero games available on any game system, period. Astro Boy: Omega Factor is a beat-em-up title that stars Astro Boy, one of the most iconic characters created by late manga-ka Osamu Tezuka. Astro isn’t the only Tezuka character to make an appearance, however. If you’re at all familiar with Tezuka’s works, you’ll meet up with a lot of familiar animals, robots, and people that all interact in a colorful and touching backstory.