The many faces of Wolverine

Everyone’s got their favorite superhero, but none are as consistently badass as James Howlett. Sorry, Logan. Sorry again, Wolverine. With incredibly quick healing powers, an indestructible metal alloy grafted to his skeleton, and three claws that emerge from his fists, Wolverine quickly made an impact in the comic book world with his first appearance in 1974. He has since been the front runner of the X-Men, discovered his mysterious past with the Weapon X project, and joined the Avengers not too long ago. But really, it’s those claws that make him liquid cool.

Above: A real Wolverine 

Above: The Wolverine of our hearts 

Above: An unlockable costume in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Peep the rest of the article for the other two unlockable costumes 

Now that Wolvie’s been synonymous with the Tony-award winning Hugh Jackman since 2000’s X-Men movie, we haven’t seen too many comic book Wolverine games. With X-Men Origins: Wolverine just around the corner, we thought we’d remind you of his past gaming excursions with this handy chart:

Marvel’s X-Men (LJN, 1989) - NES
Wolverine’s taking front and center on this pretty cool box art, which resembles a comic book cover. Good luck spotting him in the game. He looks more like Teddy Ruxpin than a mutant with metal claws. Doesn’t matter - the game is incredibly difficult (almost unfair), seemingly broken and you needed a secret code to reach the last level.


Above: Wolverine’s in there somewhere


X-Men: Madness in Murderworld (Paragon Software, 1989) – DOS, C64, Amiga
X-Men II: Fall of the Mutants (Paragon Software, 1990) – PC, DOS

Murderworld played like a side-scrolling arcade game as the X-Men fight Magneto and Arcade in an amusement park. On the other hand, Fall of the Mutants played mostly from a top-down perspective (except the battle screens). Squint and you can barely make out Wolverine’s almost dog-like head.

Above: Showdown of the century against the Minor Demon


Spider-Man and the X-Men: Arcade’s Revenge (Acclaim, 1992-1994) – SNES, Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear
You start the game as Spider-Man until you happen upon members of the X-Men in bondage. From there, you complete two themed levels (Wolverine’s are circus-themed) for each of the five mutants in this criminally difficult game. Strangely, Wolvie’s bio incorrectly specifies his name as “Logan” - a name he adopted) and that his occupation is “adventurer”… whatever that means.

Above: Sexy 


  • dan-lozanovski - October 1, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    .the MegaDru"v"e's .
  • chack2685 - February 16, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Man you missed Wolverine Adamantium rage
  • Pocotron - May 1, 2009 midnight

    was ole Wolvie fighting starfire in the Mutant Academy??? reCAPTCHA: Not launched... oh great
  • kingofspades94 - April 30, 2009 11:40 p.m.

    Umm... this is all nice and good and stuff, but does any one know where i can find screen shots for the psp version? An d nice article, you guys are awesome!
  • renegade2013 - April 30, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    holy shiz venom wolverine is awesome and he looks so real.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - April 30, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    i luvved me some x-men on NES, though i'd probably hate it now.
  • nik41507 - April 30, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    ps: im listenig to a led zepplin III cd. the third. it kicks ass. reCAPTCH: points maddened
  • nik41507 - April 30, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    ive never played a wolverine game. i might play one of the newer ones. 36TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! reCAPTCHA: the deuce when i switched it,it was : cars shafthing?????????????
  • Demonflare - April 29, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    X-Men is so stupid. If you get powers, you would never get uh knives out of your knuckles? Storm powers? Laserbeam out of your eyes? WTF? Lame. N the movie is retarded.
  • Frexerik - April 29, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    Great article, Wolverine is BADASS :D
  • MacGyver1138 - April 29, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    I can't wait to play as Wolverine again in the upcoming PSN/XBLA Marvel vs. Capcom 2 remake. Ridiculous combos and special attacks will never go out of style.
  • d0x - April 29, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    His name as Logan wasnt incorrect in Arcade's Revenge. Not only does he call himself Logan all the time but when the game came out I dont think his original story had his real name. It wasnt till long after the game that we found out his name wasnt really Logan.
  • Unoriginal - April 29, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    Can you get any more awesome? No you can't. Thanks for the retro.
  • StefanGrey - April 29, 2009 7:11 a.m.

    Single most overrated comic book character ever. heck he's not even the coolest x-man (Deadpool? Oh, no wait, he only thinks he's one). Gambit's cooler, though they say he's in the movie for about 15 seconds. Don't know why marvel continues to waste a great character that teh fans love.
  • Billium - April 29, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    No X-Men: Children of the Atom!
  • Dead - April 29, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    Oh man I'm getting a HUGE nostalgia rush from that mention of X-men for Genesis. As hilarious as I now realize it was, that was the soundtrack to my childhood.
  • Corsair89 - April 29, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    Wolverine kicks ass. I can't wait until Marvel vs Capcom 2 comes to XBLA. reCaptcha: formerly peabody
  • nyef - April 29, 2009 12:33 a.m.

    "One day Logan, everything the sun touches will be yours" lol gotta love the lion king
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - April 29, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    sorry, that would be x-mEn
  • RebornKusabi - April 28, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    As a huge Venom fan, I ****ing loved Venom-Wolverine in Web of Shadow's! One of the coolest parts of the game, hands-down.

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