Now we’re getting somewhere! Perhaps the most well known Captain America game of all time, this is one of the dime-a-dozen beat ‘em ups from the early ‘90s. Like The Simpsons and Ninja Turtles, this had four playable brawler (Cap, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision) walking down the street, manhandling thugs. They battle Red Skull, Mandarin, Whirlwind and, uh, The Living Laser. This is notably the first time you really get a good sense of his shield’s power. He hurls that sucker across the screen with an appropriately superhuman stance, dealing damage and knocking enemies on their ass.
Many that played it will recall Captain America and The Avengers’ bizarre, nonsensical dialog. At the time, speech in video games was still pretty nifty, so we overlooked how out-there the writing really was. Today, it’s pure hilarity and indicative of a time when neither Marvel nor its licensee (Data East, in this case) paid close attention to how well the game represented the brand. As with most successful ‘90s arcade games, Cap and the Avengers was ported to SNES and Genesis. It was also converted into a completely different NES game with the same name and cast, only Iron Man and Vision have been captured and Cap/Hawkeye have to save the day together.