It is common knowledge that most video games based on licensed properties, like movies, cartoons, and TV shows, are rarely worth the time. There have bad games based on good movies, and bad games based on bad movies. But sometimes, the opposite is true, and we are going to talk about those games.
Tron was a movie about a video game world, so it was only natural that a video game be made based on that movie. Bally Midway made both the game and the cabinet look like they came out of that world. Midway would release a sequel, Discs Of Tron, a year later.
9. Duck Tales
Putting these three words together, Disney, Capcom, and Nintendo, usually meant gaming gold, and Duck Tales was as gold as it gets. Duck Tales not only got the cover of Nintendo Power, but a sequel years later. After two decades, a remake was made. Duck Tales definitely made it's mark on the gaming public.
8. The Simpsons
Konami's four player beat-em-up seemed to work with any franchise, and it worked well with The Simpsons. This was far more fun than Acclaim's lackluster console offerings, like Bart Vs The World and Bart's Nightmare. Many were clammering for a home release, and finally got it by way of Xbox Live and PSN.
7. Marvel Vs Capcom
Capcom took the Street Fighter formula and applied it to the X-Men with X-Men: Children Of The Atom. Then they followed with Marvel Super Heroes. Then came the crossover games, X-Men Vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes Vs Street Fighter, then the ultimate crossover, Marvel Vs Capcom. Capcom would then keep the Vs Series going with Capcom Vs SNK.
While Acclaim stunk up the home market by releasing less than stellar games starring Marvel's Super Heroes, Konami released the awe-inspiring X-Men. Never before, or after, were six players able to play at one cabinet. X-Men finally came home through Xbox Live and PSN. Better late than never.
5. Star Wars
Atari's Star Wars game centers on the assault on the Death Star towards the end of the movie. Back in the day, you really felt like you were flying an X-Wing. The game also had voice samples, though they might have been done by Atari staffers doing very good impressions of the actors. Atari also released Empire Strikes Back, which has you on Hoth battling AT-AT Walkers then jetting into space to evade the Empire flying the Millenium Falcon. Finally, Return Of The Jedi was released, this time not using vector graphics, but raster graphics, pretty much being the Star Wars version of Zaxxon. Years Later, Sega would release Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, which was a great game that sadly never made it to the Dreamcast.
Nintendo tried to make a Popeye game before they made Donkey Kong, but could not get the license. After the release of Donkey Kong, they finally made the game. Here's a fun fact: the rivalry between Popeye and Bluto inspired Donkey Kong and Mario's rivalry, one that would be revisited on occasion.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Konami wasted no time jumping on the Turtle bandwagon. After releasing the "Ultra" tough game on the NES, they released the vastly superior arcade game. The game made it to the NES, scaled down of course, but what can you do? Konami released more games starring the Turtles, all of them following the beat-em-up theme.
2. Goldeneye 007
If there was ever any one reason to own a Nintendo 64, it's this game. Goldeneye 007 was a first person shooter that literally put you in the shoes of James Bond. The game expanded on the movie, adding more levels and areas. There were also extra levels after the main game was beaten, classic Bond characters like Jaws and Oddjob, and a multiplayer mode. Many hours were spent playing this game. It was remade years later, replacing Pierce Brosnan's mug with Daniel Craig's.
1. Batman: Arkham Asylum
For years, the biggest challenge for any game company was to make a good Batman game. With the exception of Konami, all of them fell short, especially Acclaim, with their horrible Batman Forever (Loading screen on a cartridge?). Rocksteady and Eidos finally cracked that code with Arkham Asylum. Batman was now able to stalk his enemies, making them react in fear with each one taken down, and using classic weapons like the batarang and batclaw. It also had supporting characters like Harley Quinn and Killer Croc, a story written by Paul Dini, who wrote many episodes of the Animated Series, as well as Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, voicing Batman and the Joker, respectively. Two sequels followed.