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Batman: The Brave And The Bold Wii review

Caped crusading never looked this good

Sometimes a game based on a movie or TV license will end up being a pleasant surprise. In fact, a rare few actually turn out better than most non-licensed games. Batman: The Brave And The Bold very much falls into this category.

It's a side-scrolling action platformer, but the whole game's been hand-drawn in the same colourful style as the Batman animated series. It's no surprise to learn that this comes from the same studio that brought us the beautiful A Boy And His Blob - the animation is absolutely fantastic.

Close For Comfort

It looks at its best when you pull off a special move by flicking the Nunchuk and Remote simultaneously as the action cuts to a terrific cartoon-quality close-up of your character winding up for their attack it's unleashed. It's not intrusive and it looks sensational.

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What's more, these special attacks only happen once or twice in each of the game's lengthy levels and so every time you trigger one it feels like a treat, rather than a repetitive chore.

The audio's something of a treat too. The voice acting is mostly spot-on and there's a near-constant stream of dialogue running through each level. It's a clever way of keeping the plot going and providing in-game tutorials.

The script also highlights The Brave And The Bold's wry sense of humour as Batman and Robin come out with some nice one-liners, and some of the enemies dish out some witty smack talk in return. The cat museum early on in the game is hilarious: as you play through the level, a recorded tour guide spouts out a ridiculously fake history of cats while Robin gets more and more annoyed by the nonsense he's hearing.

Bat's Entertainment

Underneath the fancy presentation, The Brave And The Bold is a fairly basic action platformer. Run to the right, beat some people up, run to the right a bit more, beat some more people up. It's satisfying enough and the game's combo system allows for some improvisation, but there probably could have been a bit more room for evolution throughout the game. As it is, the things you'll be doing in the final few levels won't really be too different from what you were doing in the first couple.

As long as you're okay with things getting a little mindless, there's an awful lot here to enjoy. In particular, younger gamers will adore it as it really does feel like playing through a cartoon while older gamers will be impressed by its sheer technical ability, even if it doesn't offer much of a challenge. An impressive effort.

This is an edited version of a review that will appear in issue 61 of Official Nintendo Magazine. For more in-depth analysis, screenshots and boxouts, buy the magazine when it goes on sale on 30 September.

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  1. piccadillio Thursday 23rd Sep 2010 at 13:46

    Caped crusading never looked this good*


    *on Wii

  2. LaytonMario3 Thursday 23rd Sep 2010 at 14:50

    Woop. Good review. 83%. I thought it would get 63%. Impressive

  3. EdDeRs1 Thursday 23rd Sep 2010 at 15:49

    Caped crusading never looked this good*


    *on Wii


    yep, they have never played Arkham Asylum judgeing by this article, and this will be destroyed when Arkham City comes out

  4. Auraelement Thursday 23rd Sep 2010 at 16:12

    To say , Brave and the Bold was the only good batman series....

  5. mario34567 Thursday 23rd Sep 2010 at 17:09

    Caped crusading never looked this good*


    *on Wii


    yep, they have never played Arkham Asylum judgeing by this article, and this will be destroyed when Arkham City comes out

    Will it really be destroyed though? Arkham Asylum is admittedly very good but it's very different to this. This seems to be a bright and colourful cartoony beat em' up while Arkham City is a dark and quite realistic looking action adventure. There's room in the market for two different styles of Batman games.

  6. LEGEND MARIOID Thursday 23rd Sep 2010 at 18:52

    I've bn following this game's progress since its announcement way back. Glad its turned out great. The devs come with a big rep for making good games with great animations and they've done it again (though they've followed the frameworks of the hilarious kitchy tv animated series of course). I like most of the inteprtations of batman being a casual dc comic book fan and I like this one too. Personally, I couldn't give Gorilla Grodd's left buttock about other platforms' batman video games "compared" to
    this one. Credit to both (Arkham and B&B) games in their own fields of play. Some may say Ninja Gaiden on the other platforms looks better than Muramasa. There different kinds of game visual artwork. Some may appreciate on more than the other. Insta-buy!

  7. Leo91 Thursday 23rd Sep 2010 at 22:27

    Caped crusading never looked this good*


    *on Wii


    yep, they have never played Arkham Asylum judgeing by this article, and this will be destroyed when Arkham City comes out

    Will it really be destroyed though? Arkham Asylum is admittedly very good but it's very different to this. This seems to be a bright and colourful cartoony beat em' up while Arkham City is a dark and quite realistic looking action adventure. There's room in the market for two different styles of Batman games.

    Agreed. There's a very silly assumption being made here that realistic graphics are better than any other kind. However, that's completely subjective. In my eyes, cartoony, colourful, hand drawn games or games with intriguing art styles will always come up trumps against the technically more impressive (realistically speaking).

    So why can't this be the best looking batman game? No it won't be the most realistic - but since when has realism equalled beauty? Are Studio Ghibli films inferior to Hollywood blockbusters because they're not realistic?

    According to the logic of some here, yes.

  8. ChrisONM Friday 24th Sep 2010 at 08:57

    Caped crusading never looked this good*


    *on Wii


    yep, they have never played Arkham Asylum judgeing by this article, and this will be destroyed when Arkham City comes out


    Official Nintendo Magazine :D

  9. EdDeRs1 Sunday 26th Sep 2010 at 20:32

    Caped crusading never looked this good*


    *on Wii


    yep, they have never played Arkham Asylum judgeing by this article, and this will be destroyed when Arkham City comes out


    Official Nintendo Magazine :D


    sorry, i just had to

  10. EdDeRs1 Sunday 26th Sep 2010 at 20:34

    Caped crusading never looked this good*


    *on Wii


    yep, they have never played Arkham Asylum judgeing by this article, and this will be destroyed when Arkham City comes out


    Official Nintendo Magazine :D


    sorry, i just had to


    but hey, whats wrong with haveing a wii and an xbox, i expect a lot of the staff do (or a ps3)

  11. andrea987 Tuesday 28th Sep 2010 at 22:02

    Caped crusading never looked this good*


    *on Wii


    yep, they have never played Arkham Asylum judgeing by this article, and this will be destroyed when Arkham City comes out


    Official Nintendo Magazine :D


    sorry, i just had to


    but hey, whats wrong with haveing a wii and an xbox, i expect a lot of the staff do (or a ps3)

    Yey, look at this pyramid! What Chris meant is that on the Official Nintendo Magazine they only talk/compare Nintendo games, that's all. Of course there's nothing wrong with having two consoles (if you can afford it).

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