Spider-Man: the Videogame

Spider-Man: the Videogame

Retro Coin Op Synopsis

Marvel Comics’ best-known superhero finally crawled into the arcades in Sega’s 1991 hit, Spider-Man: the Videogame. Together with three fellow Marvel heroes, Spidey web-slung his way into a brawling adventure that mixed Final Fight with the platform-hopping action of games like Super Mario Bros.

The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was joined in his quest to rid the city of evil by a handful of familiar faces: archer Hawkeye, Atlantean merman the Sub-Mariner and former cat burglar the Black Cat. The heroes had their work cut out for them, facing legendary Marvel super-baddies like the Green Goblin, Scorpion, Sandman, Venom, Electro, The Lizard, Hobgoblin, Kingpin and those two mad Doctors, Doom and Octopus.

Together with a city full of masked thugs, the supervillains gave Spidey and the gang plenty of opportunities to show off their powers and skills—Spider-Man’s webs, Hawkeye’s bow and arrows, the Black Cat’s “cat’s claw” grappling hook and the Sub-Mariner’s electrical charge.

Each of the game’s four “chapters” had two different modes, dubbed “Big” and “Wide.” In the first, large characters battled in the traditional Final Fight style, pummeling each other with combo hits and special moves as they progressed through side-scrolling levels. In “Wide” mode, the view pulled back to allow movement in all directions. The smaller figures jumped and fought through platform-style levels, often encountering boss enemies while still in this mode.

With up to four players able to join in at once, Spider-Man: the Videogame allowed teams of gamers to live out their superhero fantasies, much like Data East’s Captain America and the Avengers that same year and Konami’s X-Men in 1992. Figuring that these Marvel stars belonged together, Capcom consolidated the gang into its popular one-on-one fighting series, Marvel Super Heroes, beginning in 1995.

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1991 - Spider-Man: the Videogame

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