12. Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Wii)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Wii)Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Wii)
Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: WayForward
Release Date: 7th Sep 2010 (USA) / 24th Sep 2010 (UK/EU)

Taking on a more of a cartoony aesthetic, Batman: The Brave and the Bold was based on the Cartoon Network TV series of the same name. Outside the LEGO games, it was the only Batman game to grace Nintendo’s motion controller marvel, but with its more family-friendly tone and simplistic gameplay it’s a respectable entry that may prove a good gateway to the world of Batman for younger audiences.

11. Batman - The Telltale Series (Switch)

Batman - The Telltale Series (Switch)Batman - The Telltale Series (Switch)
Publisher: Telltale Games / Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date: 14th Nov 2017 (USA) / 17th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

While Batman isn't Telltale's best comic book or graphic novel adaptation, Batman - The Telltale Series does a great job of balancing both the Dark Knight and the man behind the mask. You get to see Bruce Wayne the man, not The Bat, more than in any other video game. And the developer's choice and consequence formula work in perfect harmony with the moral struggle Batman often encounters. The Worlds Greatest Detective had a pretty good home with Telltale for a while.

10. Batman: The Enemy Within (Switch eShop)

Batman: The Enemy Within (Switch eShop)Batman: The Enemy Within (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Telltale Games / Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date: 2nd Oct 2018 (USA) / 2nd Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

It was only natural that a sequel would follow Telltale's first stab at The Bat's adventures. Batman: The Enemy Within doesn't do much to expand on the established formula, but it does improve on its predecessor in terms of story and technical issues. An iconic villain also made a return, and they stole the show with how the choice-based gameplay worked in the Batman encounters. We won't spoil it for you, but outside of a certain other huge series, this is the best depiction of this particular villain across Batman video games.

9. LEGO Batman (Wii)

LEGO Batman (Wii)LEGO Batman (Wii)
Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: Travellers Tales
Release Date: 23rd Sep 2008 (USA) / 10th Oct 2008 (UK/EU)

Who’s afraid of the big blocky bat? Not Traveller’s Tales, whose first foray into Gotham proved to be a hit. Sequels to Lego Batman would expand the roster of characters and locations available, but this is a solid foundation for the Caped Crusader that carries all the hallmarks of the Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. That includes any existing issues with previous Lego games.

8. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii)LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii)
Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: Traveller's Tales
Release Date: 19th Jun 2012 (USA) / 22nd Jun 2012 (UK/EU)

It's hard not to get excited for a game with the tagline "Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman — they're all here!", and the second LEGO Batman game does an excellent job of building on that excitement. This was the most open LEGO game to date, with tons to explore, and a bevy of DC characters to play as. For pure, unadulterated joy, the LEGO games are always the place to go, especially if you have someone else to play with.

7. Batman Returns (SNES)

Batman Returns (SNES)Batman Returns (SNES)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami
Release Date: 31st Mar 1993 (USA) / 30th Apr 1993 (UK/EU)

Batman Returns is often considered one of the best Batman films, and the video game version matches those sentiments. The SNES release capitalised on the hugely popular side-scrolling beat ‘em up genre where Batman has to fight various characters from the movie, such as Penguin and Catwoman. There are stages that utilise the excellent visuals too, such as Scene 5 in the Batmobile, and Scene 6 on the Circus Train. It wears its Final Fight inspirations on its sleeve, but that's no bad thing at all.

6. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U)LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U)
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive / Developer: TT Games
Release Date: 21st May 2013 (USA) / 24th May 2013 (UK/EU)

The Wii U release of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes may have been the last version to launch, but the ever-fun LEGO games always win through with their charm and co-op gameplay. Even when this port is virtually the same as the Wii and 3DS ones, smashing up LEGO bricks and seeing the pieces shatter all across this blocky, bricky Gotham is all simple, addictive joy. It's a bit of a shame nothing was added, and the GamePad functionality was subpar at best.

5. Batman: The Video Game (GB)

Batman: The Video Game (GB)Batman: The Video Game (GB)
Publisher: Sunsoft / Developer: Sunsoft
Release Date: 1st Jul 1990 (USA) / 14th Sep 1990 (UK/EU)

The game may have a fairly basic appearance as a result of being released in the early years of the handheld's life, but Sunsoft managed to add some variety to the locations and the gun-toting Batman sprite is amusing in its own way. The game gets tougher later on but it doesn't feel overwhelming, and the Batwing levels are a great addition to the excellent platforming action found in the rest of the game. Overall, Batman: The Video Game on Game Boy is a decent facsimile of its bigger brother on NES and still a lot of fun to play through.

4. Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)

Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive / Developer: Warner Bros. Games Montreal
Release Date: 25th Oct 2013 (USA) / 8th Nov 2013 (UK/EU)

Batman: Arkham Origins isn’t innately bad, but it recycles so much from its predecessors and does absolutely nothing to evolve them or improve them. The gameplay is uninspired, the graphics are a bit shaky, and the plot tries to do too much and ends up being too sloppy to make any real sense. The previous two Arkham games played like excellent stealth adventure titles in which you happened to take on the role of Batman; this one feels much more like a Batman game with stealth elements tacked on. It's far from awful, but it's a shame that the Wii U received this lacklustre and unremarkable entry in the Arkham series over, say, the original Arkham Asylum.

3. The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES)

The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES)The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami
Release Date: 1994 (USA)

A video game based on one of the best Batman cartoons is surely going to be good, and Konami absolutely delivered with The Adventures of Batman & Robin. Despite the title, Batman is the only playable character here, but every single level is loosely based on an episode from the show; Fowl Play, for example, is set in Gotham Museum and based on "I've Got Batman in my Basement". You can even change what gadgets Batman has on him in the Batcave; it's the most authentic way to experience the show without watching it.

2. Batman: The Video Game (NES)

Batman: The Video Game (NES)Batman: The Video Game (NES)
Publisher: Sunsoft / Developer: Sunsoft
Release Date: 1991 (USA) / 1992 (UK/EU)

A classic 2D platformer from a time when that was the go-to genre for any licensed game (much like 3D open world action games are these days). The reassuring subtitle 'The Video Game' promises an experience recounting the beats of Tim Burton's 1989 film, a 'movie event' that arguably birthed the modern, cross-media comic book blockbuster. Sunsoft might not have turned in the most faithful of tie-ins, but it's a tight little game with excellent music which sees an acrobatic Caped Crusader wall-jumping and punching his way through an 8-bit Gotham City in search of the Joker, and it's still a fun retro treat today.

So, have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

1. Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Wii U)

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Wii U)Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Wii U)
Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition may not be the definitive version of the game but, aside from some frame rate issues, the incorporation of GamePad controls feel totally natural, and the opportunity to don the Dark Knight's cowl and cape in one of the best Batman games ever was a considerable boon for Wii U owners. With a relatively lengthy campaign, loads of extra content, and the opportunity to give Batman's gallery of rogues a sound thrashing, this was the Batman game to play on Wii U — a console which boasts no fewer than five flavours of the Caped Crusader (counting the LEGO ones, Arkham Origins and Blackgate - Deluxe Edition).


You did it! You ranked all 36 Batsmen games, and you lived to tell the tale. And would you believe there's a Wii U game at Number One?!

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