Batman: The Return of the Joker (known as The Revenge of the Joker on the Sega Genesis) was one of the first major video games staring Gotham’s greatest hero in the early 90’s. It came out after many video games based on the 1989 film Batman, but this one was instead based on the original comics.
Ironically despite being based on the comics, the game-play isn’t exactly suited for Batman. While the original NES Batman game featured powers and levels that seemed somewhat fitting for the Dark Knight, the Return of the Joker played a lot like the classic Mega Man games on NES. Instead of punches and batarangs, Batman can fire laser beams and other weapons Bruce Wayne never used.
While the Sega Genesis version featured superior graphics, both versions received equal amounts of mixed reviews. While it may have had some fans, it became easily forgotten in the video game world.
Interesting enough, a Game Boy version was released featuring brand new levels and different game play. It actually played a lot like the original NES Batman, and received more praise than the NES or Sega Genesis versions.