The early 90’s was such a wonderful time period to be alive especially if you were into video games. There were so many memorable video games at various arcade centers around the world especially within the beat ‘em up genre. The were high profile games such as: X-Men: Arcade, TMNT: Turtles In Time, Battletoads and The Simpsons that people remember very well from the early 90’s. When it came down to beat ‘em up games developed by Sega they were mostly overshadowed by almost anything Konami had put out in arcade centers. The Spider-Man: Video Game from ‘91 for the Sega System 32 would be a prime example of by Sega titles being overshadowed in arcade centers. The Spider-Man arcade game from ‘91 was a beat em up with a very basic plot and four playable characters. The playable characters in this game featured Spider-Man, Black Cat, Hawkeye and Sub-Mariner. Each playable character had their own special abilities and powers and included at least sixteen different levels. The main villains of the ‘91 Spider-Man Arcade game included both Kingpin and Doctor Doom and it also included a variety of popular antagonists from the Marvel franchise. There were villains like Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, Sandman and Hobgoblin who were more popular than the main characters with the exception of Spider-Man.
The gameplay, graphics and soundtrack for the Spider-Man arcade game looked amazing and felt somewhat similar to X-Men Arcade from 1992. While games like the Streets Of Rage trilogy is often praised by hardcore retro gamers; Sega’s Spider-Man beat ‘em up game is often overlooked even though it was arguably some of the company’s best work from the early 90s. While Sega was not quite popular as Konami in relation to developing beat ‘em up video games; they were probably second to none in relation to popular games from that genre. It would have been pretty interesting seeing the Spider-Man: Arcade Game on Sega CD even if the port would only feature two players. Honestly, the Spider-Man Arcade Game does not get the kind of recognition that it deserves.