If there’s one thing that modern arcades are missing that the ’90s had in spades, it’s sidescrolling brawlers. These days, you get shooting games, driving games, ticket games, and MAYBE a fighting game machine somewhere mixed in, sitting next to a Ms. Pacman. But man, it just isn’t the same without the ability to fight bad guys in the streets and drop quarter after quarter on the blinking red bosses.
The latest Nintendo Direct announced that we’ll be able to scratch that itch in mere days, though! Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle is heading to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on September 18 for a mere $19.99! Digital only, though. Still, being able to take a bunch of great brawler games on the go on the Switch sounds like the dream, especially if those new wireless NES controllers are on hand.
The bundle will feature seven arcade beat ‘em ups, all with multiplayer and the ability to jump into other people’s games to lend a hand. This collection will include Final Fight (1989), The King of Dragons (1991), Captain Commando (1991), Knights of the Round (1991), Warriors of Fate (1992), Armored Warriors (1994), and Battle Circuit (1997). The latter two are getting their first home releases ever!
Roll that beautiful, bean footage:
Sadly, some of the more kickass Capcom beat ‘em ups like Alien vs. Predator, Punisher, and Cadillacs and Dinosaurs are off-limits due to licensing issues. You’d think the latest Marvel vs. Capcom release would make that Punisher one a little more viable, but oh well.