|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (or Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker as it is known in Europe) was released by Ubisoft for Nintendo 64, PlayStation and Game Boy Color in December 2000 in North America and January 2001 in Europe. The game was released to coincide with the film.
Similar to games like Final Fight, Batman Beyond plays as a Beat 'em up-type game where the player, as Batman, wanders through levels that are essentially side-scrolling, but have some depth to allow for three dimensional movement. The game is fairly simple along those lines.
The game is heavily criticized for its lack of depth and its short length; many beat the game in under 20 minutes. The game has even received the worst game of the year from Game Informer magazine in 2001.