The topic of arcade beat-em-ups came up in the Nostalgia thread, and I though we could use a separate thread to talk about them. Obviously, classic arcade games are a big part of this, but the genre has had a bit of a renaissance recently, with Double Dragon 4, Streets of Rage 4 coming up, and River City Girls.
And that’s not even including some titles that are clearly brawler roots, even if they add other elements, like Friends of Ringo Ishikawa.
On the arcade end, there are a good chunk of emulated arcade games available these days across platforms, especially the Capcom Beat-Em- Up Bundle, which has a handful of the classics of the genre, including Final Fight and Battle Circuit. Hamster has also put out a nice haul of SNK games in the ACA Neo-Geo line, like various Sengoku games.
Also, I kind of want a thread to talk about the train wreck that is Paprium.