The many faces of Wolverine

A look back at every game with Marvel's feral fighter


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%26rsquo;s been synonymous with the Tony-award winning Hugh Jackman since 2000%26rsquo;s X-Men movie, we haven%26rsquo;t seen too many comic book Wolverine games. With X-Men Origins: Wolverine just around the corner, we thought we%26rsquo;d remind you of his past gaming excursions with this handy chart:

Marvel%26rsquo;s X-Men (LJN, 1989) - NES
Wolverine%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;t matter - the game is incredibly difficult (almost unfair), seemingly broken and you needed a secret code to reach the last level.


Above: Wolverine%26rsquo;s in there somewhere


X-Men: Madness in Murderworld (Paragon Software, 1989) %26ndash; DOS, C64, Amiga
X-Men II: Fall of the Mutants (Paragon Software, 1990) %26ndash; 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%26rsquo;s almost dog-like head.


Above: Showdown of the century against the Minor Demon

Spider-Man and the X-Men: Arcade%26rsquo;s Revenge (Acclaim, 1992-1994) %26ndash; 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%26rsquo;s are circus-themed) for each of the five mutants in this criminally difficult game. Strangely, Wolvie%26rsquo;s bio incorrectly specifies his name as %26ldquo;Logan%26rdquo; - a name he adopted) and that his occupation is %26ldquo;adventurer%26rdquo;%26hellip; whatever that means.

Above: Sexy

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