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Batman Returns (NES)

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Title Screen

Batman Returns

Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platform: NES
Released in US: January 1993
Released in EU: 1993

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

So very stubbly.
This page is rather stubbly and could use some expansion.
Are you a bad enough dude to rescue this article?

Debug Flags

There are two debug flags which can be set and saved in any game's password with the help of a custom password generator, since the game cannot set these flags by itself. The RAM address of these flags is $0107.

  • Set Bit 3 (or use password 3★11 91 3191 11) to enable the invulnerability.
  • Set Bit 5 (or use password D★31 11 3191 11) to enable the level select. During the game, press Left/Right on Controller 2 to change the stage, but only between stages 1-1 and 4-2.

(Source: GameFAQs (Cactuar))

Unused Graphics

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Totally unused Japanese font. It seems that this game was planned to be released in Japan at some point...

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Placeholder graphics of one of the unused banks. It says "Bank for PAL", so presumably it was for the European version of the game.

Batman Returns (U)-unused2.png

One more placeholder.

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A couple of arrows.

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Stalactite sprites. They appear in the sprite banks of several enemies, indicating they may have been planned to be used several times in the game.

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These penguin sprites are located in the same sprite bank as the sprites used in the Batmobile driving stage.

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A rocket missile. As seen in this game's pre-release page, these missiles were onced what the Batmobile could shoot.

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An un-used bat signal, different from the one used in the game's intro. It seems to be the one belonging to the lost driving stage you can see on the pre-release page.

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These trees appear twice in the graphics bank, both times along side the Batmobile. They belong to the lost driving stage you can see on the pre-release page.

To do:
some unused sprites left


As with most games made by Konami after 1990, this game contains some simple copy protection. During the game, there are few places where the protection checks are performed.

  • When the title screen is displayed checks for portion of BATMAN logo, if check fails set the flag that causes multiply of the damage taked by the player by 2.
  • At Stage 2-2 where the water on the floor with panels on it checks for another portion of BATMAN title logo tilemap and set the same double damage flag as previous one.
  • At the second part of Stage 2-2, once when a helicopter bomber enemy appears on the screen and checks for the Konami logo tilemap in the PRG-ROM then raises another game flag which causes a change of state in Stage 3-1 so that the exit window remains closed, making the level unable to be completed. Also any passwords obtained after the protection is triggered will fail at the password entry screen, this effect is permanent unless you reset the console or enter any valid password.
  • And finally at Stage 2-3 during the battle on Ivory Tower, where it constantly checks for the presence of a part of the BATMAN title name tilemap, set the same flag as previous one.

More details are on the Talk page.