12. Golden Axe
First Release: Golden Axe (1989, Arcade/Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis)
Last Release: Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008, Xbox 360/Playstation 3)
We will not speak of that blasphemous Beast Rider BS that came out in 2008. That sucked beyond measure. We're thirsty for a return to the side-scrolling glory days of this once great franchise.
With all the fantasy-helmed beat-em-ups out nowadays, Golden Axe needs to show 'em how it's done. Make every character from every past entry playable (dibs on the axe-wielding dwarf!), add on 4-player co-op, and bless it with new spells. Matter of fact, add in the ability to combine spells with your buddies' playing alongside you.
Now go enjoy the fireworks, my fellow warriors.