The 16-Bit era of console gaming was pretty awesome and one genre that we got spoilt with was the side scrolling beat 'em up.\n\n\n\nThere were a fair few of these games released across the games machines of the day so which ones have stood the test of time and are worthy of your precious time to play again?\n\n\n\nHere's our round up of what we think are the best of the best to play now and in the future.\n\n\n\nBurning Fight (Neo Geo)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWe'll start off with one you probably haven't played because it cost \u00a3160+ to buy when it first came out and now goes for even more. \n\n\n\nBurning fight is a blatant rip-off or homage of Final fight but is set in Osaka, SNK's home city rather than the fictitious Metro City. \n\n\n\nNaturally as its on the Neo Geo it looks stunning with detailed backgrounds and building you can enter and cause havok in.\n\n\n\nBurning Fight takes you on a journey from neon lit city streets, to shopping malls, trains and you end up on a great big boat.\n\n\n\nThankfully, you don't need to remortgage your home today to play it as its available on the Switch for a reasonable \u00a35.99.\n\n\n\nBatman Returns (SNES)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nGames based on Blockbuster movies are typically pants. They are rushed to capitalise on the hype of the movie. \n\n\n\nLuckily Batman Returns is a rare exception and features tons of locales from the movies and Batman himself is badass to the maximum. \n\n\n\nSpecial mention has to go for the sound effects as there is nothing more satisfying then grabbing two hoodlums and crashing their heads against each other. The crunch sound is epic and sounds painful.\n\n\n\nApart from not having a two player option Batman Returns is frankly, one of the best side scrolling beat 'em ups you can get on the SNES and it so worth picking up if you can get it. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nFinal Fight CD (Mega CD)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nYes, we know Final Fight came out on the SNES first but it was missing levels, characters (later rectified on Final Fight Guy) and most importantly a two player option. \n\n\n\nLuckily the extra storage of the Mega CD had it all and is the most faithful conversion of the Capcom arcade classic.\n\n\n\nStreets of Rage (Megadrive\/Genesis)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nStreets of Rage was Sega's answer to Final Fight after it came out exclusively on the SNES early on in its life. \n\n\n\nNot only is it better than the SNES game with lots of levels, brilliant bosses and a city environment that was fantastically portrayed , it also has one of the best soundtracks of the 16-bit era. \n\n\n\nThe only thing missing compared to Final Fight were the enemies energy bars but you can't have it all. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nRival Turf\/Rushing Beat (SNES)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nRival Turf from Jaleco is a bright and fun side scrolling beat 'em up from Jaleco.\n\n\n\nIt's your standard Final Fight style of beat'em up and has your character fighting his way through the brightly drawn city.\n\n\n\nIt also had two sequels that are worth checking out too.\n\n\n\nMutation Nation (Neo Geo)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMutation Nation is not the longest game in the world but it sure looks pretty.\n\n\n\nThe game is set at some point in the 21st Century and you have to fight your way through hordes of mutated creatures. \n\n\n\nLuckily you have some awesome moves at your disposal and you'll need them as it can get quite tough in places.\n\n\n\nExpect to pay over \u00a3300 for this now on the Neo Geo or just pick it up on the Switch for under six quid.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nComix Zone (Megadrive\/Genesis)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nComix Zone came out in 1995 so quite late in the Megadrive's life but its a unique and stunning game that you may have missed as you were probably playing on your shiny new Playstation or Saturn.\n\n\n\nYou are character in a comic and instead of scrolling along like you've come to expect in beat 'em ups you enter different comic frames and have a fight with the enemies in there.\n\n\n\nComix Zone is a tough game but if you are looking for something different and unique to play then this could be the one for you.\n\n\n\nRobo Army (Neo Geo)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHang on, another Neo Geo game? Weren't they full of one on one beat em ups? Yes they did have a lot of these but in the early years the mighty Neo Geo had quite a bit of variety. \n\n\n\nRobo Army is another side scroller that is great fun to play. \n\n\n\nYou are a cyborg that has to defeat a mad scientist and his army of robot clones and boy is it a sight to behold.\n\n\n\nSpecial mention has to be for the fantastic sound effects, in particular the clunk of hitting robots with a metal pole is heaven to the ears.\n\n\n\nLuckily the Nintendo Switch has your back as its available on here. Want it on the Neo Geo AES? You'll get small change from \u00a3300 now.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (SNES)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAh the Turtles, we all loved the Turtles back in the early 90's and Konami gave SNES owners this beauty.\n\n\n\nFor sheer 90's nostalgia, TMNT: Turtles in Time is brilliant fun to play with all four characters available to use and a fun two player option. \n\n\n\nWe still love the way that you can knock Shredders Foot Soldiers out of the screen.\n\n\n\nStreets of Rage 2 (Megadrive\/Genesis)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWell here we are at the end and frankly we has to finish off with the ultimate side scrolling Beat 'Em Up which is of course, Streets of Rage 2.\n\n\n\nEverything about this game is bigger and better than its original outing. \n\n\n\nStreets of Rage 2 is absolutely stunning, has more characters to choose from, more levels, bigger bosses and the soundtrack is so good you'll be dancing to it FOREVER!\n\n\n\nOf course, Streets of Rage 3 is fantastic to look at as well but Streets of Rage 2 is our fave because the difficulty is balanced perfectly as well. \n\n\n\nIt's safe to say that if you have to play one 16-bit side scrolling beat 'em up then Streets of Rage 2 is the game to play.\n\n\n\nFeeling Nostalgic?\n\n\n\nWhat are your favourite 16 Bit side scrolling beat 'em ups? Have we missed yours out? \n\n\n\nLet us know in the comments below and share your memories of these classic games.