Between Battletoads, Streets of Rage 4, and the newly announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, classic side-scrolling brawlers have seen a mini-renaissance as of late. To celebrate this influx of awesome beat ’em ups, we’ve come up with a list of four series we think are due for a revival.
The Simpsons Arcade Game
The Simpsons has been a huge part of popular culture ever since it released on TV back in 1989. There were plenty of kids that weren’t allowed to watch it, though, and many were likely introduced to the franchise via its Konami arcade game.
Released just two years after the show’s debut, The Simpsons Arcade Game tasked up to four players with rescuing a kidnapped Maggie, giving them control over Marge, Homer, Lisa, or Bart. Regardless of which character you choose, characters use two different attacks to disperse a myriad of different enemies and bosses.
While it may be the deepest of the brawlers out there when it comes to combat, the level-designs, enemies, and co-op experience in The Simpsons Arcade Game is top-notch.
Considering the amount of content that the show has produced since the game’s original 1991 release, another game in the series would have more than enough unique source material to draw from to justify a new game or at least a refresh similar to Turtles in Time.