Number of Players
1 (Single Player)
Release Date


  • JP 8th Apr 1988
  • US Jun 1988
  • EU 1990

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 28th Apr 2008, 500 points
  • EU 25th Apr 2008, 500 points
  • JP 24th Feb 2009, 500 points

3DS eShop

  • JP 6th Feb 2013, ¥500
  • EU 5th Dec 2013, £4.49
  • US 12th Dec 2013, $4.99

Wii U eShop

  • US 12th Dec 2013, $4.99
  • EU 13th Mar 2014, £3.49
  • JP 22nd Jan 2014, ¥500
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  • Review Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES)

    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 as gameplay begins, however, this façade is quickly stripped away to reveal an...

  • Review Double Dragon (Wii U eShop / NES)

    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, more specifically, a pow. A gangster brute socks a woman in the gut and carries her...

  • Review Double Dragon (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

    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 stands up well in the current day. In terms of differences from the arcade version,...

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Double Dragon News

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About The Game

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.