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Streets of Rage 4
Look no further for the top-of-the-line beat-em-up on Switch!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

Having played the game already at PAX East this year where I was blown away, this review was a bit of a foregone conc...

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Wulverblade

Full of technique, nuance, and some very challenging boss fights Wulverblade has established a new gold standard in w...

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Midnight Fight Express
If you’ve ever dreamt of a beat-em-up that would effectively flow and feel like John Wick this gets really close
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Dawn of the Monsters
Well damn, who knew that within a two week span I’d play two very different titles on Switch that have the beat-em-up ge...
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One Finger Death Punch 2
Ever since the early days of the genre I’ve been a big fan of a good beat-em-up. While most people immediately think of ...
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River City Girls
While the beat-em-up genre was absolutely a staple of both the arcades and the early console days more recently titles h...
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Ape Out
As someone who loves playing things that are different and a bit daring, Ape Out has easily shot out as one of the games...
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The Legend of Tianding

While there have been quite a number of side-scrolling action/brawlers this year, for the most part they’ve bee...

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River City Girls 2
The girls are back with some new friends, new moves, and new challenges for beat-em-up fans
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Sifu
If you’re a huge fan of beat-em-ups or crazy martial arts action Sifu delivers, but you’ll need to work for it!
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The Last Friend
Doing a fantastic job of mixing classic tower defense with satisfying beat-em-up action and plenty of furry friends that...
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Clone Drone in the Danger Zone
One genre that’s lacking in depth and variety on the Switch has definitely been fighters. Sure, there are both some AAA ...
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No More Heroes
There’s something to be said for being authentically original, for me that’s especially the case for when the general pl...
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Super Crush KO
Early in the Switch lifespan, when the pickings were sometimes a bit more thin, there were some core Nindie titles that ...
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Speed Brawl
Taking the genre to a slightly different destination with its focus on combos and keeping things moving Speed Brawl can ...
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Jitsu Squad
After a release day patch, this pretty silly and unique beat-em-up is ready for the next challenger(s)
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Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All!

While the genre struggled in the early days on the Switch, the beat-em-up has proven to be alive and well on the Swit...

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Conan Chop Chop
Having always been a fan of beat-em-ups, despite their tendency to get bogged down to some degree with repetition, I’ve ...
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Tunche
With its attractively-animated characters and environments, Tunche absolutely doesn’t look like any other beat-em-up on ...
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METALLIC CHILD
OK, so to start I’ll admit that just on paper I was already rooting for Metallic Child a bit. An anime-style roguelike b...
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No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
It’s a tough thing to make a follow-up title to a game that is revered in part because it breaks the mold. On either sid...
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Going Under
As an enormous fan of anything roguelike Going Under has been on my radar since I first saw it announced, billing itself...
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Akane
If you appreciate great pick-up-and-put-down play sessions that are intense and keep you coming back for more Akane may ...
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Omensight: Definitive Edition
You’ll play the game as the Harbinger, summoned to the world of Urralia on the eve of its destruction. Tasked with fully...
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Ninjin: Clash of Carrots
This is another title changing up the classic formula, combining elements of a runner with the mechanics of a brawler. P...
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Streets of Red - Devil's Dare Deluxe
What you’ll find as you play is that while you can certainly work through enemies one by one the key to success is getti...
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Furi
This was a tough title to find a genre for since it isn't so much of a strict beat-em-up as a tough-as-nails boss rush t...
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Shing!

When it comes to beat-em-ups the Switch has really fleshed its line-up out since the early days, which generally make...

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Maximus 2
While there’s a fine line between homage and ripping off, the Golden Axe beats in this budget beat-em-up spice things up
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Fight'N Rage

After many years where the classic beat-em-up wasn’t getting much representation indie developers have really b...

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Blackwind
What can I say, my ears always perk up at the suggestion of a game that in any way features mechs. Whether full-blown si...
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Mayhem Brawler
When I originally saw the art for this game I’ll have to admit I was a bit put off by its blatant similarities to the re...
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The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors
While it got off to a little bit of a slow start the Switch has been blessed with a ton of great beat-em-ups to choose f...
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Lost Castle
As a huge fan of both beat-em-ups and roguelikes this game is a bit like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup game for me, mixing...
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Way of the Passive Fist
While I wouldn’t recommend the game to everyone due to its overall difficulty and what ends up being a fair amount of re...
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I Am The Hero
This surprisingly-good side-scrolling brawler has more than a cool look going for it. The core moveset you begin with is...
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Mother Russia Bleeds
All in all I’d say that Mother Russia Bleeds is likely a game best left to genre fans due to its level of violence and d...
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Full Metal Furies
As a game that you can enjoy with a group of friends (the more the merrier) Full Metal Furies is a unique take on a beat...
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Die for Valhalla!
In the game you’ll take control of one of 4 Valkyrie (4 players is cool but the screen gets awfully busy) who have some ...
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