When we think about popular multiplayer arcade titles of the 90’s we think of games such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, X-Men: Arcade, Battletoads and even the Simpsons. Generally, the difficult of each game is determined by how many players are at the cabinet. A game like TMNT: Turtles in Time seemed beatable with only two players in arcade centers. A game like Battletoads seemed usually difficult to complete with even three players at the same time. While 2D side scrolling beat em up titles seemed repetitive at times some of them were very difficult especially as one gets closer to the end of the game. The boss battles in games such as Battletoads and X-Men Arcade could have players spend multiple coins or quarters on the machine which was frustrating along with being a part of the general gaming experience back in the 90’s.
In terms of whether beat em up arcade games were too difficult or not really depends on which game you play and how familiar you and your friends are with the game. For the most part beat em up games were not intended to be as difficult as single player RPG’s or platform title where each level required an ample amount of strategy to navigate throughout the entire game. Beat em up genre titles were not the most strategic games during the 90’s but they were sure fun to play back in arcade centers.