The Punisher (Japanese: パニッシャー Hepburn: Panisshā) is a 1993 beat ’em up arcade game developed and released by Capcom. It stars the Marvel Comics’ anti-hero the Punisher and co-stars S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury as the second player’s character as they embark on a mission to kill the crime lord the Kingpin and bring down his organization. Whilst following the same general formula as Capcom’s previous beat ’em ups, the game has a range of usable weapons and a comics-style presentation.
The Punisher gained significant popularity in arcades and is widely regarded as one of the best titles in the beat ’em up genre as well as one of the best video game adaptations of comic books. A Mega Drive/Genesis port was developed by Sculptured Software and published by Capcom to mixed reviews.