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==Review==
 
==Review==
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===Good===
 
===Good===
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* I hate it when games like this set you back to a checkpoint when you die.
 
* I hate it when games like this set you back to a checkpoint when you die.
 
* Yet another rescue the princess game with a woman as reward trope at the end, but hey, there is also violence against women too.
 
* Yet another rescue the princess game with a woman as reward trope at the end, but hey, there is also violence against women too.
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* Since the game had been redesigned, they developers could have fixed the pacing. Compared to missions 1 and 2, mission 3 is obnoxiously long.
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* The manual is poorly translated (Abobo's "atomic throw" becomes, "he likes to throw bombs"), has the wrong screenshots for missions 1 and 2, leaves out Mode B entirely, and gives away the supposed surprise ending.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
 
* The game is ridiculously hard, even for an expert player. Making it through the game generally requires exploiting the bad AI, and using mostly elbows and jump kicks throughout the game. Also, trying to jump over pits and water is much harder than it needs to be!
 
* The game is ridiculously hard, even for an expert player. Making it through the game generally requires exploiting the bad AI, and using mostly elbows and jump kicks throughout the game. Also, trying to jump over pits and water is much harder than it needs to be!
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* The hidden entrance to the Black Gang's underground hideout in mission 3 is really obnoxious. Players are essentially tricked into a never-ending loop without any indication how to get out of it.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
 
===Box Art===
 
===Box Art===
 
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Double Dragon - NES - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese box.
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Double Dragon - NES - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese box uses a watercolor using an adult manga cartoon style. It features a collage of the game's characters which clearly depict a fighting game, and has the title both in kanji and Latin letters. Very well-made.
Double Dragon - NES - USA.jpg|The North American box.
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Double Dragon - NES - USA.jpg|The North American box has Billy and Jimmy facing off with weapons with a brawl displayed below them. The art clearly depicts fighting, but it shows the twins fighting as a team, which is not the story of this port.
 
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</gallery>
  
 
===Documentation===
 
===Documentation===
 
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Double Dragon - NES - USA - Manual.pdf|US manual.
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Double Dragon - NES - USA - Ad.jpg|Advertisement.
 
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</gallery>
  
 
===Maps===
 
===Maps===
 
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Double Dragon - NES - Map - Mission 1.png|Mission 1.
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Double Dragon - NES - Map - Mission 2.png|Mission 2.
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Double Dragon - NES - Map - Mission 3.png|Mission 3.
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Double Dragon - NES - Map - Mission 4.png|Mission 4.
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Double Dragon - NES - Map - Mode B.png|Mode B.
 
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Revision as of 13:09, 9 December 2019

North American box art.

Double Dragon is a beat 'em up and fighting video game developed and published by Technos and released for the NES on 1988-04-08. It was published by Tradewest in the USA. The game is a port of the arcade original, but it is so different, it can be considered a unique game. In the story, Billy Lee's girlfriend Marion has been kidnapped by the Black Warriors, and he must beat them all up to rescue her. Unlike the arcade game, your twin brother is not helping Billy along the way, but actually the leader of the Black Warriors gang.

My brother received this game as a Christmas gift the same year that I received Bad Dudes. Although, at times I preferred this game, looking back, I think I got the better game. Because we owned the game, I played it a fair amount, but I never got good enough at it to pass

Status

I do not own this game, and I have never beaten it.

Review

Good

  • The addition of experience points which yield new and better martial arts moves was a great addition.
  • The game's graphics are pretty good for 1988. Several of Shinichi Saito's backgrounds are attractive, and I like Billy's character sprite designed by Koji Ogata.
  • Kazunaka Yamane's music is quite enjoyable.
  • The mode B game, though a poorly-constructed fighting game, does add a bit more value to the game overall, and allows for multi-player.

Bad

  • The main gimmick of the title is that you were twin brothers fighting together, and the NES port completely eliminates that option and makes your brother the villain. This isn't just a huge deviation from the original game, but, removing the comradery of multiplayer also takes away a lot of the fun of the game.
  • I hate it when games like this set you back to a checkpoint when you die.
  • Yet another rescue the princess game with a woman as reward trope at the end, but hey, there is also violence against women too.
  • Since the game had been redesigned, they developers could have fixed the pacing. Compared to missions 1 and 2, mission 3 is obnoxiously long.
  • The manual is poorly translated (Abobo's "atomic throw" becomes, "he likes to throw bombs"), has the wrong screenshots for missions 1 and 2, leaves out Mode B entirely, and gives away the supposed surprise ending.

Ugly

  • The game is ridiculously hard, even for an expert player. Making it through the game generally requires exploiting the bad AI, and using mostly elbows and jump kicks throughout the game. Also, trying to jump over pits and water is much harder than it needs to be!
  • The hidden entrance to the Black Gang's underground hideout in mission 3 is really obnoxious. Players are essentially tricked into a never-ending loop without any indication how to get out of it.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Videos

Links

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