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4 Reasons Why The Next ARKHAM Game Should Be NIGHTWING

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 4 Reasons Why The Next ARKHAM Game Should Be NIGHTWING

With Batman: Arkham Origins coming out in October, the demand for good superhero video games continues to rise. And while Marvel continues to make good movies but crappy games, DC should capitalize on the success of Batman’s Arkham series and focus on the members of his ‘Bat-family’. The most obvious (and probably easiest) choice for that would be Dick Grayson aka Nightwing, the first Boy Wonder. I’m sure a lot of you are thinking “What about Robin or Catwoman?” Those are all good choices, but there are two major obstacles that very difficult. First, those characters are all SUPPORTING characters of Batman. Yes, technically Nightwing falls into this category but part of his whole allure is that he strives to differentiate himself from Batman in any way he can, whether by adopting a different costume, leading a team, or even leaving Gotham. Which brings me to my second point: A Nightwing game could be in Blüdhaven. Based off the dialogue from Arkham City, Nightwing has made a small impression on the people of Gotham, and this seems like a good opportunity to show him in his first major time as a solo hero (sort of a Nightwing: Arkham Origins). This would expand the Arkham universe, give players a whole new game to enjoy, and expand the hero’s profile to casual gamers and comic readers alike.


2645046 nightwing print  1  459x700 4 Reasons Why The Next ARKHAM Game Should Be NIGHTWINGWhen it comes to the Arkham series, the key phrase is “IF IT A’INT BROKE DON’T FIX IT.” Rocksteady Games has already laid down a great foundation when it comes to the game mechanics. A Nightwing video game (let’s call it NWVG for short) would still be an open world adventure game with stealth game tactics just like its predecessors. Arkham City’s challenge maps have already proven he can be crafted for such a game. The only thing I would add would be a few new gadgets; at the very least, give him something similar to the explosive gel and smoke pellets (a student of Batman MUST carry smoke for disappearing). I would also give him the updated detective vision. His vision mode in Arkham City was a nice touch in showing that he’s independent of Bruce’s money, but it took away from the gaming experience in my opinion. I say in the beginning of the game, have the Bat-clan send him the enhanced vision lenses as a gift for surviving a full year in Blüdhaven. Lastly, make his movement around the city more fluid. Clever PC gamers have already used mods of him for moving around Arkham City, but it looked stiff. Before being a hero and detective, Dick Grayson is an acrobat and his movements should reflect that.


 4 Reasons Why The Next ARKHAM Game Should Be NIGHTWING

The events of NWVG could be set 3-6 months after Batman: Arkham City. By this point, Nightwing has been spending at least 1-2 of those months helping out with the power vacuum going in Gotham since Joker’s death (another potential  Arkham game). Now that he’s back in Blüdhaven, criminal mastermind Blockbuster could plan to get rid of the young hero once and for all. A plot similar to Arkham Origins can be done or create a whole new story (for writers, I nominate Chuck Dixon) that highlights the difference between Grayson and his mentor as both crimefighters and normal people. For a base of operations, developers should go the route of Batman: The Animated Series and have Grayson stay in a loft building. I know he’s the most social of the Bat-clan, but their job does require some level of privacy. The Forsyth Building, which was Robin’s base when he watched over Blüdhaven for a while, would be a good option.


Nightwing 0069 472x700 4 Reasons Why The Next ARKHAM Game Should Be NIGHTWINGIn the span of his vigilante career, Nightwing fought as many criminals, if not more, than Batman himself. For a NWVG, characters from his comic series like Blockbuster, Double Dare, Lady Vic, Brutale and Shrike can be used while Batman-related villains Man-Bat, Deathstroke, Firefly, and Killer Croc (who he has fought on his own) can be included for a sense of familiarity with the previous games. Through his association with Batman, the Teen Titans, and the Outsiders, there’s almost no limit to the amount of villains a game like this game could have.


2878601 nightwing18 cmyk 467x700 4 Reasons Why The Next ARKHAM Game Should Be NIGHTWINGThough Nightwing usually works alone, he’s not afraid to surround himself with friends and allies. He could be aided by Oracle, who would remotely provide him with intelligence like in Arkham Asylum, and police captain Amy Rohrbach can work into the game the same way Comissioner Gordon did in previous titles. Minor characters like Bridget Clancy and Henry Hogan can have cameos in the game for the diehard fans like myself. Plus with Blüdhaven being so close to Gotham City, it’d be easy for Batman and/or Robin to appear on side missions for some old fashioned ‘Dynamic Duo’ action.


Let me know what you think about Nightwing getting his own game title. But first, listen to his theme music and tell me this doesn’t sound like video game intro music.

S#!T Talking Central

  • Nightwing

    I agree with you here, Dick Grayson’s 75th Anniversary hits in 2015, he deserves his own video game by that time. Also, not only does he have access to villains from his days in Bludhaven, and his tenures as a member of the Teen Titans and then The Outsiders, but you can also use villains from Dick’s time as Batman, and even villains from the New 52, like the Court of Owls, Saiko, Paragon, The Prankster, and The Mask Killer. Plus, there’s some stuff going on with Forever Evil soon, so who knows what other villains Nightwing will have access to! Also, Nightwing VS Deathstroke needs to happen!!

    • Justin Mouton

      I have a whole detailed plan for everything needed to make a Nightwing game. I just have to get in contact with someone from Warner Bros and/or Rocksteady and they can have it.

      • The Joker

        Just a suggestion but you should prob share with other people to refine it and make it as best as possible if you do get in touch with them. (I am willing) Also mabye a petition.


    I definitely agree!! Nightwing is my favorite character in the DC Universe. Make it happen.

  • Adrien

    I, like many others, would love to see a Nightwing game. From a story and combat standpoint, I think it could have the potential to be better than any Batman game. Unfortunately, I highly doubt the powers that be would ever make such a thing. For as great a character as he is, Nightwing gets no love from DC and that won’t change anytime soon.

  • Delta

    I’m impresses that dc is making a attempt to fix the rep for the self proclaimed “worst heros ever”
    I mean aqua man, Hal Jordan, dick Grayson ( nightwing or not) and frickin superman

    • Delta

      I’m impresses?

    • The Joker

      Though some of them are bad (looking at you aqua man) you can not judge these characters from the movies. Their is a massive fan base that would disagree with you about how superman and dick grayson are even up their. By far Grayson is the most popular robin ever.

      But in your case i guess haters gotta hate!

  • newwaveknight

    I would actually like for the next game to have Dick as Batman, Damien as Robin, and Tim as RR. Since Tim is about 17 in AC, that means that Damien should already be born and the age to become Robin.

  • Hi

    It would be even better if they made a 2 player game..For example a friend and urself team up. You can choose to play with either Batman, Nightwing, or Robin.

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