Gaming Anniversaries October 1- Double Dragon

Released October 1, 1988- Double Dragon

Double Dragon punched its way into the Japanese market on this day in 1988. For the Sega Master System!

Double Dragon is set in a post-apocalyptic New York City and follows the store of Bimmy and Jimmy. Er, Billy and Jimmy Lee as they Fight their way to rescuing Billy’s girlfriend Marian.

Marian was kidnapped by the vicious street-gang known as the Black Warriors. They demand to know Billy and Jimmy’s martial arts secrets before they release her from captivity. Obviously, that’s not going to happen, so the brothers set out to rescue her. Taking out enemies big and small and using all methods of attack they have at their disposal.

Players will use basic punches and kicks, throws, elbow strikes as well as any weapons they may find lying around in order to pursue the gang through all manner of locale.

The Sega Master System is as close to the original arcade version of the game as possible. Graphically, it is superior to the version released on the NES and other home consoles. With some key differences to the arcade version. The developers had to compensate for a lack of a third button. Which in the Arcade version was a dedicated jump button. Therefore, some portions of the levels are missing. Moreover, the input is different for certain attacks. Furthermore, the Master System was only capable of displaying three enemies on screen at once.

Overall, Double Dragon on the SMS is my favorite version. It sounds great and even feels better than the NES version. However, I definitely played more of the NES version as at the time, it was the one I had.

Have you played this one? What did you think of it?  Let us know in the comments down below!


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Living in St.John's Newfoundland, Dave has been a gamer all of his life. Starting with the NES and working both backwards and forwards, he intends to play the new along with the old!