The Punisher (Arcade)
The Punisher is a beat-em-up starring the titular anti-hero vigilante from the comics by Marvel. This was Capcom's first game with licensed characters from Marvel, and the only one to not be a fighting game, unlike the rest of the Marvel-based arcade titles that would come after this one.
Various other stuff:
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Unused Bonus Stage
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The stage begins with a sequence where the cockpit explodes and the plane's pilots are engulfed in fire, with two gun-wielding enemies getting in and walking past some distressed passengers, several bound-and-gagged stewardesses, and Punisher and/or Nick Fury.
Soon after those enemies walk off-screen and the sequence ends, the stage is already "completed". If the players are quick enough, they can optionally free the tied-up women for food drops (it's not possible to take damage here). As seen in the following Stage Clear screen, the game thinks Stage 7 has been beaten (there are only 6 stages in this game, excluding the used bonus level) and as a result, the game proceeds to play the special one-credit clear variation of the staff roll.
In what part of the game this bonus stage was intended to be and what its actual objective was is unknown.
As seen in a screenshot on one of the game's flyers, these kids were originally in the background seats of the hijacked school bus where the boss fight of Stage 1 takes place, but they got removed and only the bus driver stayed.
||A very repetitive 2 seconds track that loops. Since it's very cheerful compared to the rest of the music, it may have been planned for something like the high score entry.|
||A tragic-sounding track that seems like an alternate ending theme.|
||A suspenseful track. Since this doesn't loop, it might have been for a cutscene.|
||The purpose of this track is unknown. Although it begins sounding like a stage track, it gets very repetitive when it begins looping.|
||This is used on Stage 1 during the transitionary sequence where Punisher and/or Nick Fury chase Bruno into the school bus, but only a maximum of 13 seconds can be heard, there are other 21 seconds that go unheard in-game and it also doesn't get a chance to loop.|
||This track's slot comes right after Punisher's "Continue" track. Since it sounds Game Over-ish, perhaps Punisher and Nick Fury were both supposed to have their own Game Over themes just as they do with their Continue tracks in the actual game.|
The Punisher series
|Game Boy||The Ultimate Payback|
|PlayStation 2||The Punisher|