Batman: Revenge of The Joker

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Batman: Revenge of The Joker
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$49.95[1] T-15046

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Batman: Revenge of The Joker is a Batman game developed by Ringler Studios and published by Sunsoft for the Sega Mega Drive. It was released on the NES and Game Boy as Batman: Return of The Joker. Despite being published by Sunsoft, it is not a sequel to their earlier Mega Drive game Batman, but is instead an entirely new game based on the comic books.

This version of Revenge of The Joker was only released in the US.


While from a gameplay standpoint, all versions of Batman: Revenge of The Joker (or Return of the Joker) are broadly the same, few of the art assets were shared between ports, meaning the Mega Drive Revenge of The Joker has an aesthetic unique to the system.

Backgrounds are generally darker than their counterparts on the Super NES, but colours are more vibrant. Level layouts are structured similarly, but the precise positioning of platforms again differs between the two versions, sometimes to the benefit of the Mega Drive game, and other times to the Super NES. The Mega Drive version usually has more detailed backgrounds, but the SNES has a more explanatory HUD.

Against Batman: Return of The Joker, the Mega Drive version is the more accurate of the two 16-bit ports, however the brighter and more colourful aesthetic creates a very different tone from the 8-bit version.

Production credits

  • Produced by: Ed Ringler
  • Programming: Chris Oke
  • Graphics: Lance Hutto, Karen Ffinch, Klee Miller, Chris Oke, Simon Ffinch, Ed Ringler
  • Sound FX: T. Tallarico
  • Music Score: Sunsoft
  • Genesis Music: T. Tallarico
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Batman: Revenge of The Joker/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 039.pdfEGM US 039.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #39: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[3]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[4]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
59 №137, p40[5]
88 №25, p98[6]
68 №1, p24Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[7]
60 №46, p56[1]
68 №4, p42-43[8]
78 №9, p26-27
67 №7, p46-47
68 №1, p32
75 №16, p58-59
68 №7, p50-52[9]
51 №42, p50-51
84 №18, p50-51
81 №7, p42-43
60 №17, p82-84[10]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, US
BatmanRotJ MD US Box.jpg
BatmanRotJ MD US Cart.jpg
BatmanRevengeOfTheJoker MD US Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 caa044a1
MD5 6c31495e2f75c4643837558488b03947
SHA-1 e780c949571e427cf1444e1e35efe33fc9500c81
1MB 1992-12 Cartridge (US)


Batman games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Batman (1990) | Batman: Revenge of The Joker (1992) | Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Justice League Task Force (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Game Gear
Batman Returns (1992) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995) | Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Master System
Batman Returns (1993)
Sega Mega-CD
Batman Returns (1993) | The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
Sega Saturn
Batman Forever (1996) | Batman & Robin (unreleased)