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'''''Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja''''' is a platform beat-em-up developed and published by [[Data East]] and original released in the [[arcade]] in April of 1988. It was later ported to about ten other platforms. In the game, US President Ronald Reagan has been kidnapped by ninjas, and only a bad dude like yourself is up to the challenge of rescuing him.
 
'''''Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja''''' is a platform beat-em-up developed and published by [[Data East]] and original released in the [[arcade]] in April of 1988. It was later ported to about ten other platforms. In the game, US President Ronald Reagan has been kidnapped by ninjas, and only a bad dude like yourself is up to the challenge of rescuing him.
  
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===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* The ports to the weaker machines [[Commodore 64]], [[MS-DOS]], [[Apple II]], [[ZX Spectrum]], and [[MSX]] are really terrible.
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* The ports to the weaker machines ([[Amstrad CPC]], [[Apple II]], [[Commodore 64]], [[MS-DOS]], [[MSX]], and [[ZX Spectrum]]) are really terrible.
 
* Most of the home ports removed the ability to play two-players at the same time.
 
* Most of the home ports removed the ability to play two-players at the same time.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
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===Box Art===
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<gallery>
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Bad Dudes - ARC - Marquee - USA.jpg|Arcade marquee.
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Bad Dudes - ARC - Bezel - USA.jpg|Arcade bezel.
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Bad Dudes - FC - Japan.jpg|This box was used only on the Japanese Famicom release. The art is wonderful, showing off a couple of the bosses, and the player's character. My only gripe is the ugly white border.
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Bad Dudes - NES - USA.jpg|This art was used on all American releases. This is my favorite box art. It clearly depicts what the game is about, is well-painted, and has great lettering.
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Bad Dudes - CPC - EU.jpg|This art was used for all European releases. It uses the arcade bezel artwork with a new painting of the two bad dudes. Their body art is good, but their faces are seriously jacked up.
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</gallery>
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===Documentation===
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Bad Dudes - ARC - Manual.pdf|Arcade manual.
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Bad Dudes - NES - Manual.pdf|NES manual.
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Bad Dudes - ARC - Ad.jpg|Arcade ad.
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Bad Dudes - USA - Ad.jpg|Ad comparing Bad Dudes to [[Double Dragon]].
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Bad Dudes - Imagine - Ad - English.jpg|Imagine ad (English).
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Bad Dudes - Imagine - Ad - French.jpg|Imagine ad (French).
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</gallery>
  
 
===Maps===
 
===Maps===
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Bad Dudes - ARC - Map - Stage 6.png|Arcade - Stage 6 - Cave.
 
Bad Dudes - ARC - Map - Stage 6.png|Arcade - Stage 6 - Cave.
 
Bad Dudes - ARC - Map - Stage 7.png|Arcade - Stage 7 - Dragon-Ninja HQ.
 
Bad Dudes - ARC - Map - Stage 7.png|Arcade - Stage 7 - Dragon-Ninja HQ.
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</gallery>
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===Fan Art===
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<gallery>
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Bad Dudes - ARC - Fan Art - Collage.jpg|Collage of arcade sprites.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
 
==Titles==
 
==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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|-
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| English (Arcade) || Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja || ||
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|-
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| English (American Home Releases) || Bad Dudes || ||
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|-
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| English (Europe) || Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja || ||
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|-
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| Japanese || ドラゴンニンジャ || Doragon Ninja || Dragon Ninja
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
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[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Amiga Games]]
 
[[Category: Amiga Games]]
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[[Category: Amstrad CPC Games]]
 
[[Category: Apple II Games]]
 
[[Category: Apple II Games]]
 
[[Category: Arcade Games]]
 
[[Category: Arcade Games]]

Revision as of 09:40, 24 September 2018

Arcade cabinet ad.

Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja is a platform beat-em-up developed and published by Data East and original released in the arcade in April of 1988. It was later ported to about ten other platforms. In the game, US President Ronald Reagan has been kidnapped by ninjas, and only a bad dude like yourself is up to the challenge of rescuing him.

I first saw Bad Dudes in the arcade room at Lakeland Arena around 1989. Although I never had any quarters to play it, I loved watching other people play the game and thought it was really cool. Later, after my brother and I bought our NES, Bad Dudes was one of the very first games I got for the system.

Review

Good

  • The graphics are great for the time. The arcade's art is particularly well-drawn and the Amiga, Atari ST, and NES ports are decent as well.
  • The concept is utterly ridiculous, but in a good way.
  • Allowing two-play simultaneous play really makes the game more interesting.
  • The soundtrack is a bit short, but the songs are great sounding.
  • The various stages give the game a lot of nice scenery and riding on the semi truck and train were especially cool.
  • The enemies are very inventive and interesting. Flaming ninjas, dwarfs with claws, hopping sword men, giants out of Mad Max: The Road Warrior, a fire-spitting Russian, etc.
  • Having several digital speech recordings like "Got it!" and "I'm Bad!" made the game seem more cool.
  • The flaming charged attack is a nice addition.

Bad

  • The controls aren't very good on any of the platforms. You can only move, attack, and jump, so your options are pretty limited, and none of them feel very smooth.
  • The game a really hard. Like most games originally designed for the arcade, it's meant to be beaten only after several dollars in quarters have been spent.

Ugly

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Fan Art

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English (Arcade) Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja
English (American Home Releases) Bad Dudes
English (Europe) Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja
Japanese ドラゴンニンジャ Doragon Ninja Dragon Ninja

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