Captain America and the Avengers

Captain America and the Avengers

Retro Coin Op Synopsis

All-American superhero Captain America slung on his indestructible shield, hooked up with a trio of his Avengers buddies and hit the streets to battle his arch-nemesis The Red Skull in 1991’s Captain America and the Avengers. Patterned after the hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, Cap’s adventures took him through multiple stages of side-scrolling fighting, battling foot soldiers and enemy bosses in advance of the ultimate showdown with the Skull himself.

Joining the red, white and blue superhero were master bowman Hawkeye, metal-suited Iron Man and the powerful android Vision. On most cabinets, all four Avengers could play at once, teaming up on land, sea and air to take out the assembled supervillains. Each player had two buttons—jump and attack—and when pressed simultaneously, the buttons would unleash the character’s “special attack”—Cap’s shield, Hawkeye’s bow and arrows, Iron Man’s repulsor rays, and Vision’s solar beam. The characters could also perform dash attacks by tapping the joystick twice in the same direction, adding to their tail-kicking repertoire.

Over the course of the game’s five stages, our comic book heroes went toe to toe with such famous evil heavyweights as The Wizard, The Mandarin, Juggernaut, Ultron, Klaw, The Sentinels and more, along with that naughty Nazi himself, the Red Skull. With so many baddies menacing the globe, even our intrepid heroes sometimes had their hands full, but other Avengers—The Wasp, Wonder Man, Quicksilver and others—occasionally dropped in to lend a hand (or a well-timed concussion blast).

Captain America and the Avengers had everything a good side-scrolling fighter should—famous heroes, special moves, menacing villains, etc.—but Cap and the gang couldn’t match the popularity of one of Marvel Comics’ other super teams. In 1992, Konami released X-Men, and the mutants swiftly kicked our star-spangled hero out of the arcade limelight.

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1991 - Captain America and the Avengers

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Data East

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