|Captain America and the Avengers|
|Producer(s)||Koji Jinbo, Iwao Horita (ARC)|
Men Taiko (GEN)
Ken Fukaki, Koichi Ota, Denny Thorley (NES)
David Warhol, Steve Hutchins (SNES, GG, GB)
|Designer(s)||Hidenobu Ito (ARC)|
Eiichi Nishiyama, Hiroaki Iwano (MD/GEN)
Ken Fukaki, Eiichi Nishiyama (NES)
|Programmer(s)||Tac H., Hiroshi Ōnuki, K. Miyazawa (ARC)|
Hisatada Ohta, Kohji Sasamoto, Shuji Ishimaki (NES)
Lennard Feddersen, Rick Koenig (SNES)
Steven Ettinger, Cheryl Harada (GG, GB)
|Artist(s)||Masanori Tokoro, Sonomi Kiyota, Wataru Oguri, Atsushi Takahashi (ARC)|
Takehiko Ishiro, Takumi Sawajiri, Yorokin, H. Sasaki (GEN)
Takashi Watanabe (NES)
Ellen Drucker, Lance Hutto, Chuck Osieja, David Bean, Alan Hickey (SNES)
Phil Knowles, Lance Hutto, Alan Hickey (GG, GB)
|Composer(s)||Tatsuya Kiuchi, Tomoyoshi Sato (ARC)|
Shogo Sakai, Tomoyoshi Sato, Hitoshi Sakimoto (GEN)
Eric Swanson (SNES, GG, GB)
Seiji Momoi (NES)
|Genre(s)||Beat 'em up, platformer, action|
|Mode(s)||Up to 4 players simultaneously|
Captain America and the Avengers[a] is a beat 'em up arcade game developed and released by Data East in 1991. It features the Avengers team of Marvel Comics characters in a side-scrolling brawling and shooting adventure to defeat the evil Red Skull. The game received ports for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and Game Gear. A different Data East game was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The Red Skull has assembled an army of supervillains and other henchmen in a plot to take over the world. Along with battling generic enemies, players also face Klaw, the Living Laser, Whirlwind, a Sentinel, Wizard, the Grim Reaper, the Mandarin, Juggernaut, Ultron, The Controller, the assassin Crossbones and finally the Red Skull himself.
Players can choose to play as one of four members of the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision. Each character can fight hand-to-hand, throw select items when on the ground, and use a ranged special attack, either a projectile weapon (Captain America's shield and Hawkeye's arrows) or an energy beam (Iron Man and Vision), known as that character's "Avenger Attack". During a jump, Captain America and Hawkeye can attack with a flying kick, while Iron Man and Vision instead attack by firing their energy beams at a 45 degree angle. Other Avengers, including the Wasp, Quicksilver, Wonder Man, and Namor the Sub-Mariner, appear when special power-ups are collected, allowing those characters to temporarily assist the players' characters.
Most game levels feature side-scrolling fighting, with free movement as in traditional arcade brawlers. Occasionally, players take flight for side-scrolling flying & shooting sequences; Iron Man and Vision fly on their own, while Captain America and Hawkeye use flying machines.
The original arcade game was sold in two forms. One version allowed four players to play simultaneously, with each player position controlling a specific character. An alternate version featured two-player gameplay, with players able to select from any of the available four characters.
An arcade cabinet of the game can be spotted in the 1994 comedy Airheads.
One page of Matt Fraction and David Aja's run of Hawkeye comics directly lifts from the arcade game's artwork.
|EGM||32/50 (Game Gear)|
|Game Players||6/10 (SNES)|
|GamePro||11.5/20 (Game Gear)|
|Sinclair User||Games Most Likely To Save The Universe|
In the United States, it topped the RePlay arcade earnings chart for upright arcade cabinets in November 1991. In Japan, Game Machine listed Captain America and The Avengers on their January 1, 1992 issue as being the fourth most-successful table arcade unit of the month.
The November 1991 issue of Sinclair User gave it the shared award for "Games Most Likely To Save The Universe" as one of the best superhero games, along with Spider-Man: The Video Game and Captain Commando.
In reviewing the Game Gear version, GamePro called the game "a forgettable scroller" with mediocre animation and sound. Electronic Gaming Monthly said it "fares well on this Game Gear version, even without the Two-player Simultaneous Play Option". [sic]
In 2018, Complex ranked the SNES version 85th on their "The Best Super Nintendo Games of All Time".
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