I have spent a lot of time raving about how great the 2005 Xbox Punisher title is and what it can teach about violence, or defending the LJN NES Punisher that gets so much flack, because I think it can be fun. This means I haven’t been giving enough love to Marvel’s best known antihero’s adventures at the arcade. How? I’m not sure, as the Punisher’s 1993 arcade game is considered a hidden gem and a bit of a cult classic in the beat ‘em up genre. Still a lot of fans have never played the game or forgotten about it.
The machine starts up and shows a pretty concise origin story and introduction for Frank Castle to his Punisher persona, born in a hail of bullets and driven by the thought of his dead family. Welcome to Punisher.