We've talked a lot about what was the best Nintendo Beat 'Em Up game, but there's only one real way to pick a champion: pit these classic titles against each other in true brawler fashion. So, let's meet the competitors!
Battletoads is an 8-bit masterpiece that pushes the Nintendo to its absolute limits. Racing, platforming, cliff-rappelling and some of the finest fighting game mechanics ever programmed make it a must-own title for any NES owner. It's a technical masterpiece that's just plain fun to boot. There is nothing that this colorful game does wrong, which is why despite its thumb-blistering difficulty, gamers still return to it to this day.
Double Dragon II
Double Dragon 2 takes everything that made its predecessor great and ramps it up to eleven. Just knowing it was now a two-player game was awesome. But, when the second level has you jumping from rooftop to rooftop to keep up with a military helicopter that won't stop throwing enemy ninjas at you... Well, that's when you know you're in for a wild ride. It's a fantastic game and possibly the greatest sequel ever.
They're both great games, but there can only be one victor. For me, it's Double Dragon 2, simply because it's consistently a fighting game. Battletoads' strength is also its greatest weakness: it's a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. Its different game modes ensure that you'll never be bored, but if you're looking for non-stop pixelated pummeling, you'll have to endure some pretty frustrating intermissions between bouts. Double Dragon 2 plays it safe, sticks to its guns (or fists) and wins this round easily.
But maybe you disagree. Feel free to throw down in the Comments section. I welcome all challengers.