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 


  • ELpork - April 28, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    GHAAA that creed comparison!? why?
  • bobalou27 - April 28, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    awesome. just awesome
  • PK64 - April 28, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    3 oh yeah wolverine is homosexual
  • GoldenMe - April 28, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    Oh you two, calm down. Let's just keep hoping that Wolverine can face Ken again in Marvel vs Capcom 3. Capcom, please?!
  • Koouunn - April 28, 2009 11:19 p.m.

    u guys make fun of the genesis 1, but that 1 was my favorite. then was Marvel vs Capcom 2
  • CNnegative1 - April 28, 2009 11:44 p.m.

    I laffed at the creed comparison.... well played GR....well played
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - April 29, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    When I was reading this, I found out that if you say x-man around 30 times to yourself, your mind will explode! good work by the way, really good read.
  • twishart - April 29, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    man, I played the SHIT out of Mutant Apocalypse.
  • Dead - April 29, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    Also I now have to buy Web of Shadows just to see Venom-Wolverine.
  • BoondockSaint54 - April 29, 2009 2:14 a.m.

    I loved that old arcade game. The one thing I didn't like about the X-Men games was you could only use the powers to much before they went bye-bye for a while.
  • iKOemos - April 29, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    That venom-Wolverine is BAD-ASS!
  • Mittenz - April 29, 2009 4:34 a.m.

    So is the new game NOT going to suck? reCAPTCHA:suntan goldie
  • Geminiman82 - April 29, 2009 2:22 p.m.

    Nicely done "Sugar" Shane! Any full article on Wolverine is a good one in my book.
  • Analogic - April 29, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    Yeah, but Wolverine is in Ultimate Spider-Man too, he's one of the bosses when you're playing as Venom.
  • Analogic - April 29, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Ignore my last comment, just looked at the timeline, without reading through the article, thus missing the last page where you mentioned it. c:
  • Gingerbread - April 29, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    is spider man pissing on the wall
  • Skykid - April 29, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    Wolvie rocks!! I'm seeing the movie this weekend. Maybe on the game though.
  • Skykid - April 29, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    @Mittenz: Dude, since when does shedding bad guys, while being indestrutible, suck? Name me ine time?
  • SirChukSumthng - April 30, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    If anyone reads this they will be angry. I HATE Hugh Jackman.
  • Ravenbom - May 1, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    I know I'm in the minority, but I love the 80's brown and tan costume. Maybe because I grew up on that costume or maybe because he's wearing blue haines outside yellow spandex in his classic blue and yellow costume.

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