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


  • 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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