The legends ends today. Or tomorrow. Or Wednesday, depending on when you read this. Regardless of which day you cast your peepers over this, The Dark Knight Rises marks the end of Christopher Nolan's Batman saga and I thought, "what better time to crack out some love for the caped crusader than today?"
With that in mind, here's my pick of the top Batman games ever to grace a Nintendo console:
So Batman may have looked like a strutting purple gargoyle in this side-scrolling platformer but, for a movie tie-in, this one definitely had its merits. The wall-climbing and batarang features made this shoddy-looking action title really stick out amongst the horde of other tie-ins (there were 5) that were flung out alongside Tim Burton's original movie.
Batman Brave & the Bold, Wii
I was a huge fan of the Brave and the Bold cartoon and was happy to see the really campy, groan-inducing jokes making their over from the series to this game. The art style was simple but the cut scenes and dialogue really carried this game and as cape mechanics go, this one's The Godfather of flying cloth.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Wii, 3DS, DS
It seemed pretty alien to me when I first heard Lego Batman talk but who amongst you has never picked up a Lego piece and given him a gruff little voice? Anyone? Just me then. Despite being a Lego Batman game, this has probably one of the coolest Superman sequences in all of videogames. Take note, Superman 64!
Batman Returns, SNES
This game was unanimously the favourite of everyone in the office. It's essentially Street of Rage/Final Fight but with Batman and more ridiculous looking goons than a Skrillex gig. Bats is still a sight to behold even all these years later and the midi version of Danny Elfman's score will put a smile on an chiptune-loving hipster's mug. We're still a little bit in love with the level where you get to drive the Batmobile, even though it's actually a bit duff. With that in mind, if anyone out there is listening, how about a Batman Kart racing game? You know you want it.
Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition, Wii U
OK, so it might not have been released yet but from what we've played so far, this is shaping up to be one of the early hits on the Wii U. I've personally played it through to the end on the PS3 and the storyline is deeper than a million bat caves. With all the added Wii U gamepad mechanics, if you haven't played any of Rocksteady's amazing Arkham games, chill yer boots because this is shaping up to be the definitive version of Arkham City.
If you want to see what all the fuss is about, check out this video from our friends at CVG who've recut The Dark Knights Rises trailer using footage from Arkham Asylum & Arkham City:
Which Batman games have we criminally overlooked? What're your favourite Batman games?