The many faces of Wolverine

X-Men (Konami, 1992) – Arcade
Did Final Fight ever have six (!) playable characters at once on two screens? Hell no! That’s why the X-Men arcade game rocked. And it was the first time we really got to see what Wolverine looked like when taken directly from the comic page.



Above: No power on earth can move the Blob – cuz he’s fat


X-Men (Sega, 1993) – Genesis
Featuring Wolverine’s yellow and black costume (he’d been using the brown and tan one for the last few games), X-Men was Genesis-exclusive and featured hilariously bad music. Again, Wolvie’s claws are regarded as his mutant powers and deplete his mutant ability bar. Once it depletes completely, he goes into Berserker mode and slashes uncontrollably for a few seconds. That nugget of awesome depletes his health bar. Thanks! 

Above: Posing for the Heisman trophy


X-Men 2: Clone Wars (Sega, 1995) – Genesis
Based off the awesome X-Men cartoon series from the mid-nineties, this sequel consists of the alien race Phalanx attempting to take over Earth by assimilating every human. Known for starting immediately without a title screen as a random character and the ability to play as Magneto. Also, you can’t die by using Wolverine’s claws and his automatic healing ability (major plus!).

Above: Shouldn’t Wolverine always lose against Magneto?


X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (Capcom,1995) – SNES
Even with five playable characters, Wolverine’s still gonna be your best bet. His character model retains that slightly hunched over old man look, but he has a cool dashing strike that can take out like every bad guy. Side-scrolling action game and people thought Apocalypse was the main bad guy (the hint is in the title). But no! Perennial asshole Magneto showed up to lose yet again.

Above: Action! Excitement!


Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems (Capcom, 1996) – SNES
Seen as a spiritual sequel to Mutant Apocalypse, Wolvie’s appearance is completely unchanged. Again, five superheroes are selectable but this time the Infinity Gems (the wielder of every one would make that person omnipotent) are at stake. Fight some bad guys, defeat Thanos, save the world.

Above: Amazonian swamp women never fare well against blades


  • 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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