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Double Dragon

a.k.a. 双載龍 / ダブルドラゴン

published by Tradewest / Technos in 1988-04-08, developed by Technos, running on Nintendo Entertainment System
type: beat 'em up
genre: Belt scroller
series: Double Dragon
perspective: side view
player options: single player, hotseat
languages: eng
3.8/5

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Personal review
I played lots of other "Double Dragon" versions so far and wondered how the NES version would turn out to be. Well it was quite different and had much more changes compared to the arcade original than other home conversions. The level structure is a bit different. There is no cooperative mode. Instead the 2-player mode is a hot-seat mode with the players taking turns, which is quite lame. There is an extra 1 vs. 1 battle mode that lets you choose a character to battle against another character that only appears in the NES version. Graphics and music are really well done compared to other NES games of its time. However there is only a maximum of two enemies on screen simultaneously. I am not so fond of the controls. They are what you would expect from an early beat'em up game but the fighting didn't feel really good to me. And there are too many sections with platform / jumping scenes, especially in the third level, that don't work very well with this kind of game. So in the end it is a graphically very good game with average playability.

# 2015-04-25 18:50:50
Official description
Double Dragon begins with Billy Lee's girlfriend, Marian, being kidnapped by a group called the Black Warriors. They demand to know the secrets of Billy's martial-arts style in exchange for his girlfriend. However, Billy won't stand for these underhanded tactics and decides to rescue her himself. Help him fight through city streets, buildings, jungles, temples and various other locations in a quest to find his girl. He'll gain experience by using different fighting techniques to obtain more hearts, which will unlock more powerful techniques to use against his enemies. Keep an eye out for crates, boulders, whips, bats, knives and even dynamite along the way, as Billy can also use them to annihilate opponents. Armed with his mysterious and powerful martial arts, help Billy pummel his way through an array of goons, gang members and other Black Warrior scum to free Marian from their clutches.
# 2008-05-07 20:04:58 - official description
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