Mayhem Brawler is an upcoming entry in the brawler, or scrolling fighter, genre. It is currently heading to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam for PC’s bringing with it strong 1990’s vibes. Fans are already making comparisons to Sega’s Streets of Rage 4 game. Based on appearance alone, that is a fair correlation.

Mayhem Brawler reminds us of a simpler time

Brawler style games used to be decently popular in arcades and on home consoles. This popularity came to a seemingly end when one-on-one fighting games took off. Capcom was probably the spearhead for this demise as they led in both genres. Street Fighter 2 easily eclipsed the popularity of Final Fight. Final Fight was Capcom’s answer to Double Dragon, the granddaddy of brawlers.

Sega got into the action with the Streets of Rage franchise. Sega would drop the ball and for decades leave this popular franchise to languish in 16-bit. Do not worry, Sega does this a lot – Vectorman 1 and 2, Ristar, Decap Attack, Alex Kidd, Chakan, Eternal Champions, I could go on here, are all 16-bit titles now forgotten by Sega.

Anyhow, back to Mayhem Brawler.

If you are still into this genre then you can expect these game features:

90’s style beat em up action
Fun combat mechanics keeping things fresh
3 playable characters (genre staple)
Branching paths through the game
3 endings available depending on your path
Local co-op mode for up to three players
Hand drawn, cell shaded looking, artwork

Characters make brawlers interesting

Capcom’s Final Fight featured Cody, Guy, and Haggar, attempting to save Haggar’s daughter. Streets of Rage saw police officers, and associates, fighting a crime gang.

Mayhem Brawler is going the Streets of Rage route with their story. I am starting to see the reason for the comparisons to Sega’s franchise. Here, you are in control of one of three police officers fighting to take back their town. The gang is up to no good and you cannot stand by and watch your city fall.

Will you take up the challenge of Mayhem Brawler on Nintendo Switch? Or will you be picking up the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Steam for PC’s version? It is due to launch sometime in 2021 on the Nintendo eShop. Luckily, you have plenty of titles to keep you satiated till then.