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Double Dragon is one of the most popular arcade-style action fighting games ever, and has been used as a classic model for subsequent beat'em-up games.

Published initially as an arcade title only, it's huge success has allowed the game to be converted across multiple platforms.

Double Dragon tells the story of two brothers, Billy and Jimmy Lee, who start a journey in order to save Billy's girlfriend Marian. The girl has been kidnapped by the Black Warriors, a gang of martial artists that are trying to learn the secrets of the technique SouSetsuKen, mastered by the two brothers.

Double Dragon features offers a deep combat system based on punches, kicks and many weapons and interactive items. Moreover, the story will take the player to visit and explore many different locations, from the city suburbs to the mountains.

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Posted by Robert Hughes

Dragon us down

From the moment protagonist Billy Lee’s sweetheart is sucker-punched in the opening sequence, Double Dragon establishes itself as an action-packed, thrilling battle through hordes of enemy combatants in an attempt to reclaim the captured damsel. As soon...

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Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Solo komodo

Double Dragon is notable for a whole host of reasons, among them that the NES version bears one of history's most misleading game titles by being a solo adventure with nary a dragon in sight. It also opens with an iconic, if anachronistic, bang — or,...

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Single Dragon

Double Dragon is a classic NES game that was immensely popular in its day, so much so that it led to a string of sequels. Predictably the NES conversion of the arcade original made some compromises and changes to the game, so the question is whether it...

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User Comments (79)



Kevin said:

YES!!! THANK YOU! I absolutely LOVE the original. I am so downloading this the day its released. How awesome would it be if we got this with River City Ransom on the same day?



7th_lutz said:

Great game that happens to be very different from the arcade version. Double Dragon is one of the first Nes games I ever played. Double Dragon is a must have game for people that like beat'em ups.



Sharecrow said:

I would rather have the Master System version than this one, but I doubt they'd release both. Oh well - take what you get, right???



deggs said:

no way............ i can't wait for this. this game was amazing...



MrLopez said:

You can't play simultaneous, so I'm gonna wait for an other Double Dragon!



MaxPlastic said:

Oh my God... How many times have I seen that girl get punched in the gut!? I'm totally getting this!



deggs said:

i don't think DD2 and DD3 are releasable in north america. acclaim owned the north american distribution rights and they went under. other companies have bought rights to various things here and there. super double dragon, much like this game, was published by tradewest and if this game is releasable then super double dragon will be as well. honestly, DD3 for the nes was one of the toughest games i ever played. it was practically impossible to make it anywhere in that game...



Drake said:

They're not comparable, really, one is straightforward while the other is open-ended and more of an RPG. I would say RCR is more enjoyable than Double Dragon these days though.



Jogurt_the_Yogurt said:

Even though this game is legendary and a lot of fun, River City Ransom is still a million times better. Still, DD has character, and it's worth 3 stars on the Jogurt scale. (Does that mean RCR is worth 3 million stars...?)



JaredJ said:

An absolute download!!!! Wouldn't mind seeing the master system version either but I doubt they would give us more than one version of the same game.



Rossi said:

The original promotional posters say Billy and Jimmy were called Hammer and Spike. LOL i dont know which sounds better..



timp29 said:

Was this the one with the super knee where you hit A+B when recovering from a jump?? That move was that funniest thing in a side scolling beat em up ever. Or was that DD2?? Either way it had me in stitches, the way it smashed people across the screen.



Bass_X0 said:

"How awesome would it be if we got this with River City Ransom on the same day?"
How about consecutive weeks?



Adamant said:

You got the plot wrong, guys - in the NES version, Shadow Boss' identity was actually Jimmy Lee, since the game was 1-player only, and they wanted both brothers in the game. When the sequel came trucking onto the NES, that plot thread was completely ignored, though.



blackknight77 said:

Good review Dazza
I have such fond memories of this game. Can't wait for Double Dragon II: The revenge



milkboyenterprises said:

The Wii shop write-up for this says 1-2 players in the summary and mentions co-op in the main synopsis - anyone with the points willing to check this out?



Dazza said:

In the main game you just take turns if playing 2 players. The only simultaneous 2 player action on offer here is in the VS mode.



DEMON212 said:

I honestly can't give this more than a 3. Removing co-op removes alot of the fun.



Mr_64 said:

Absolute classic! Fingers crossed for DD2 on the NES too, that was my favourite of the lot.



milkboyenterprises said:

Even so, in the middle of the Wii shop page "Double Dragon features 2 player co-op". Naughty Nintendo if they're stretching definitions to get downloads. I was just wondering if they'd added co-op to rival the XBLA release.



WoRMaSTeR said:

No co-op kinda takes the double out of the title and everyone knows one dragon is cool, but not megacool like you know - double dragon!



Csheroe said:

Ahh.. My brother and I love this game! a must download. Where's my other dream game, Mega Man 2?



Mirokunite said:

Corey: 50,000! You scored 50,000 points on Double Dragon?

Lucas: I love the Power Glove. It's so bad.
Corey: Yeah, well, uh, just keep your Power Gloves off her, pal, huh?



ReZon said:

The NES version sucked bad in comparison to the arcade. No 2p coop? No thanks.

I'll definitely pick up Double Dragon 2 when it comes though.



timp29 said:

I agree, loved the arcade version and after playing that DD1 was a total disappointment on NES.



driversold said:

It is disheartining that the NES left out the 2-player; However, as a stand alone game, it is actual quite fun. Hopefully, we will see the NES's version of Double Dragon 2. That is co-op and is a blast. It was one of the few games some of my friends, who didn't enjoy video games, enjoyed playing. The knee and spin kick could be touchy at times to pull-off, but if you failed, your partner was always there to back you up.



Clockwork said:

My buddies and I used to try and see how far we could get in the game with only using punches and jump kicks. No regular kicks allowed. It was great fun.



CopyofCopyX said:

An entertaining little game.
I still remember beating the two Abobos in the third level and walking past the cave, causing the level to loop!!



Lwaad said:

No two player co-op really kills this one for me. I must've played the Genesis version. The glory of this game was the co-op mode. And then after you beat the final boss you duke it out for who gets the girl. Gloriousness!



Jonny2x4 said:

deggs - Your reasoning is flawed. Just because Acclaim published DD2 and DD3 here and they're now out of business doesn't mean another company could pick up the rights, which is what was done here to begin with (DD1 was published by Tradewest). The publishing license is not the same as the intellectual properties. The NES version of DD2 was recently ported to mobile phones in Europe FYI.



Adamant said:

Finally made it to the last boss today (who, yes, is Jimmy Lee. Willy's only his henchman here)- man, this game is much tougher than I remembered, and you pretty much have to rely on semi-cheap tactics in order to make it past some of the tougher sections. And the first part of level 4 with the moving pillars is a killer.

Great fun, though. Yes, the lack of a co-op mode is annoying, but you get tremendously extended levels in exchange. A must play.

Scored over 50000 points, too



Slionr said:

I realy like this game. Cant wait for Double Dragon 2, one of my favorit beat-em-up game ^^.



Adamant said:

Aaand beat it. What a great game. Bring on the sequels, please.

Those pillars in the beginning of level 4 is by far the hardest part of the game, though. Willy is a close second.



waldojeffershead said:

Thank you Virtual Console, Double Dragon was the only reason a regretted selling my NES; but now a Wii Solution! I find this game to be most enjoyable though I still tend to die after or during the fight with those 2 big dudes with green shorts, And those Tomba Mother F%^*ers with the purple pants are truly on my last nerves...



TRON said:

I'll start by stating that I usually download NES games on a whim and a pint, I've found that very few have aged well enough to download, Punch Out and the Mario series being definite standouts as timeless classics. This game has aged well, and is still highly playable and fun. If you are a fan of the arcade game, then this might not do it for you, but it's still a great version of this classic game. I would recommend RCR over this, but DD is 500 points well spent. The SoR series is much better if you lack the nostalgia for this game and just want a great beat 'em up.



LukoKraze said:

I think this game's not that great. No two player? I'll stick to River City Ramson/Street Gangs.



classicmike said:

I think that they should have kept the co-op mode instead of making people go one at a time. Still, it is a decent beat 'em up game and the loss of co-op mode just raises the difficulty for this game. 3/5



DarkLloyd said:

does anyone remeber battletoads double dragon for the snes that was kinda my first introduction to double dragon in a way. but it was an awsome game



Ricardo91 said:

I had to decide between this and River City Ransom. I decided on RCR in the end though, since that game had Co-op and the RPG elements piqued my interest. I think I made the right decision.



davegorack said:

great game. good music and good controles.
i hope they dont releas the 3rd one



deggs said:

"deggs - Your reasoning is flawed. Just because Acclaim published DD2 and DD3 here and they're now out of business doesn't mean another company could pick up the rights, which is what was done here to begin with (DD1 was published by Tradewest). The publishing license is not the same as the intellectual properties. The NES version of DD2 was recently ported to mobile phones in Europe FYI."

Jonny2x4, acclaim published a ton of nes games. though many of them were licensed games, many also were just North American and european releases of japanese games. Not one North American acclaim property that I know of has been released on VC on north america (feel free to prove me wrong though because i hope i'm wrong). i'm not saying that that can't change. it's just that when a game is rereleased years later, the person holding the copyright has to obviously give consent (not like they wouldn't want to as they have an opportunity to make some money). in this case, aksys either bought the copyright or got the rights to publish it for vc i guess.in the case of dd2 being released on mobile phones in europe, who knows who controls that copyright, if they have any intention to release it on vc or what...



deggs said:

what i should have said was that to release this game, one would also have to go through similar efforts to release super double dragon so if this one is releasable, then so is super double dragon. dd2 and dd3 would require clearing things with different people. that doesn't mean that it is impossible that they would ever come to vc.



RetroNL said:

Ahh those where the days . . kicking the badies on the street. Maybe not the best DD game but this game has made Double Dragon as it is. 4 stars



Kurachi said:

it was a fun game, but i had double dragon 2 before playing this one and i (still) prefer that one
i do remember the vs mode, was also fun, playing as bosses (if i remember correctly)
and i agree with RetroNL, its fun to fight baddies on the street, so if double dragon 2 will be released on VC i buy
this game never really attracted me much, but nr2 did

we can play police without weapons (we take those from the bad guys ) it still gets 4 stars

(double dragon 2 will get 5 stars, but then it has to be on VC first )



Matt123 said:

Yeah this game was so fun
However I'm still waiting for the sequels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Such as

Double Dragon 2: The revenge

or even

Super Double Dragon

whatever you do, don't release Number 3

So come on what is taking so long



GN0LAUM said:

I only bought this because I want to say that I played through and beat it. Its a big piece of gaming history but it is very rough around the edges. DD2 is by far my favourite in the series and I would love to add it to my Wii menu. So I'll play through it, get frustrated with the weird difficulty, and then add it to my trophy room of completed games. Good enough.



driversold said:

Even though this game didn't come with the co-op, it was still fun its own right.
NOW, if we could only get the Nes's version of DOUBLE DRAGON 2, then the world would win.



Builder9 said:

Heehee Adamant and Mirokunite!

Its that INCREDIBLE FILM ...The Wizard!

"You scored 50,000 points on Double Dragon!??!"




I wish they'd release the Genesis version of Double Dragon, I love that game so much.



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michaelmax said:

Please give us the rest of the double dragons. I'd download DDII and III the minute they're available. All three of these games are must-haves for any serious nintendo collection.



WarGreymon77 said:

When my big brother and I were little, we played co-op on this game. We rented it. Anyway, I remember that we didn't get very far on the game, but we eventually did beat River City Ransom (then again, we bought that, so we had more time). Should I get this on the VC, or do you think it might be too hard?

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