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Thor vs. Green Lantern: Your Gaming Opinion

Plus 6 Super Superhero Video Games

By Robert T. Trate     June 17, 2011

Mania’s Question to you is: which is straight up fun?
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The movie video game tie-in is inventible. This summer, we have already had Thor: God of Thunder (see Tim Janson’s review) and now Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. We are also only a few short weeks away from Captain America: Super Soldier. No, we aren’t done with movie video games yet. As of right now, we would love to know your opinion on the first two games. Granted, both aren’t Superman games; so they can’t be all bad. However, which of the two is just straight up fun? In the vein of playing games just for fun, we here at Mania have listed our 6 Super Superhero Games. Some of these games aren’t the best, mind you, but they are fun just the same.
6. Batman
System: NES
Year: 1989
Hero Factor: In 1989, this was as good as it was going to get. In all honesty, today, this game is still tons of fun.
5. Spider-Man
System: Playstation
Year: 2001
Hero Factor: It looks really crude now, but this game had a huge sandbox for its day. The extra costumes were a nice touch as well as Spidey’s quips. The fun part of this game was to go back and play it all again with foresight.
4. Justice League Task Force
System: SNES
Year: 1995
Hero Factor: This was just a Justice League version of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat (both far superior games). Hell, there weren’t even that many villains in the game to combat all the JL. The fun factor came from the gratification of having Batman pummel Superman; not to mention having Aquaman do the same.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
System: Arcade
Year: 1989
Hero Factor: Here was the chance to take on the Foot Clan for real with your buddies. The fun factor was not only the game but the victory celebration at the mall’s pizza shop afterward. Ah, to truly live as one of the TMNT.
2. X-Men
System: Arcade 
Year: 1992
Hero Factor: To truly be one of the X-Men means you never fight alone. Here was an incredible game with tons of characters to pick from and a chance to truly fight as a team.
1. Marvel vs. Capcom (series)
System: Various Consoles and Arcade
Year: 1990’s to Present
Hero Factor: This is hands down the greatest superhero 1:1 game ever created. What could be more fun than everything Marvel vs. Capcom has to offer?
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on


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goldeneyez 6/17/2011 5:44:07 AM

 Even though I liked X-men better, TMNT should place higher than X-men only because TMNT was the first of those multi player Arcade boxes if my memory serves me correctly & ushered the other in (X-men, The Simpsons,etc.).... it is your list though so go figure.  I'd put TMNT second in mine.  I'd put in an honerable mention for the other X-men Arcade two player fighting game because it was the grandady of Marvel vs. Capcom.  Finally you left out arguably the best Comic video game ever, Batman Arkham Asylum.

jedibanner 6/17/2011 6:15:41 AM

How the hell can Hulk, Iron Man and Deadpool looses to these loosers???

Cool list, played with most of these games.

CaptAmerica04 6/17/2011 8:31:56 AM

 Wait, what?!  What about "Justice League: Heroes" for the PS2 and "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance"?  Those were the best superhero games so far (still wish there was a sequel to Heroes, with a few improvements made to gameplay).  They had plenty of action, HUGE diverse casts (especially Ultimate Alliance), had good plots, and were great for teamplay.  They also both have immense replayability.

IMHO, these games should've been #2 and #1, respectively, on this list.

littlemikey979 6/17/2011 2:09:59 PM

I think honorable mention should also go to 'Captain America and the Avengers' arcade game. I don't even want to know how many quarters I dropped into that game. I think it wa ported over to the home console but I dont remember for which system.

I think Batman should be a little higher. That was a game I played over and over until I had blisters on my thumbs from the NES buttons.

dbrock06 6/20/2011 6:16:08 AM

Don't forget X-men Legends 1 and 2.   Pre-curser to Marvel Ultimate Alliance.  Excellent games.



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