The late 80s and early 90s were a golden age for arcade gaming, and specifically the scrolling beat 'em up genre. Every developer had their own version from genre originator 'Double Dragon', by Technos Japan to Sega's 'Golden Axe' and Konami's four-player 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', but Capcom was considered to be the master with their first foray 'Final Fight' setting the benchmark, but requiring a lot of loose change to complete.

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Nostalgia gaming has never been more popular and Capcom has decided to honour its legacy by grouping together seven classic titles as the 'Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle' - 'Final Fight', 'Captain Commando', 'Knights of the Round', 'Warriors of Fate', 'Armoured Warriors', 'The King of Dragons' and 'Battle Circuit'.

'Final Fight' - first released in 1989 - is definitely the best of the bunch, keeping things simple and easy to get to grips with and a lot of fun for returning fans and newcomers alike, the joy of wiping out a screen of enemies as Mike Haggar is still as joyful as ever.

It stands out as the only game in the bundle to stick to a standard street fighting style, but it leads the way with familiar gameplay seen across all the titles.

Like most of them, it just uses a single attack and jump button to create just three or four different moves, combining the simplicity with crude humour and lighthearted violence.

The other titles in the compilation - available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam - more than hold their own, with 'Knights of the Round' proving why it's held in such high regard and remembered so fondly by everyone who played it the first time round.

'Captain Commando' is just as wacky and zany as you remember, but despite the Cap himself being Capcom's unofficial mascot for a while, it's not quite enough to get over the simplistic gameplay - although 'Battle Circuit' has both style and substance in abundance to more than make up for it.

The latter - which has never appeared on a home console before, or any release in North America - left gamers baffled in the best way, and it's no surprise to find it's still just as much fun just over two decades later.

It might have taken a while, but it's well worth the wait to get to join in the madness.

'Armored Warriors' - making its home console debut - might just top it for uniqueness though, with giant powered up robots, complete with main and sub weapons, and the ability to switch out limbs, only adding to the fighting insanity.

In terms of the content here, Capcom has done well pulling together a number of incredible titles to the point that even the slight stumbles are still worth their inclusion.

Although there isn't much in the way of bonus content or visual filters is disappointing, and its core this is a collection serving fans who spent hours enjoying this style of gaming.

While online co-op play is an option, local multiplayer appears the better option both in terms of limited any lag issues and guaranteeing people to play with.

No, it's not perfect, but it's exactly what it needs to be as a callback or introduction to a time when gaming was much simpler.

The focus here is on fun, and the bundle has that and then some, with all seven titles offering enough of a unique spin - historical setting, combat tweaks and more - to keep you entertained and coming back for more.

Capcom has done a stellar job of reminding us why we remember these titles so fondly, with wonderful doses of nostalgia and a fitting tribute to one of gaming's most popular and endearing genres.

'Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle' rating (reviewed on Xbox One): 4 / 5

By Alistair McGeorge