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For the 1993 Game Gear game by Virgin Interactive, see Double Dragon (Game Gear).
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Double Dragon
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Ballistic,
Sega Master System
Sega
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Technos
Developer(s) of original games: Technos
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$39.95[1] ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.99[2] ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas ACLD009



Sega Master System
JP
¥5,500 G-1369
Sega Master System
US
$? 7012
Sega Master System
UK
£22.95[4] MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB-1369



Double Dragon (ダブルドラゴン) is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up by Technos, originally released as an arcade game in 1987 as a spiritual sequel to the 1986 release of Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun (known in its Westernised form as Renegade).

The game was ported twice to Sega consoles: the first version was produced for the Sega Master System in 1988 by Sega themselves (although the actual development was outsourced to Arc System Works); the second version was for the Sega Mega Drive in 1992, produced by Accolade and published under their Ballistic Software imprint, it was released without a license from Sega.

Gameplay

Double Dragon centers around Billy and Jimmy Lee, twin martial arts masters who must rescue a young woman named Marian from the clutches of the Black Warriors, a ruthless street gang led by the notorious machine gun-toting Willy Mackey. The game can be played alone as Billy (who wears blue), or with a partner who takes control of Jimmy (in red). Using their martial arts techniques, or whatever weapons they may arm themselves with, the Lee brothers must fight their way through a slum, an abandoned factory, and the wooded outskirts of the city, before reaching the hideout of the gang, where Willy awaits them.

Versions

The Master System version is a downscaled adaptation of the arcade game similar to the NES version released before it. While the character designs are pretty similar to the NES version, the Master System version retains the 2-player co-op mode and features level designs much closer to the arcade game (albeit, without the vertical scrolling and climbable ladders/fences in some areas). Because the arcade version used a three button setup (with a dedicated jump button), the input method of certain moves such as the flying jump kick, backward spin kick and elbow strike were changed to better accommodate the Master System's two button controls. The consecutive attacks (the uppercut and roundhouse kick) and the hair grab are also performed a bit differently. The Master System only displays up to three enemies and a single weapon on-screen at once.

In contrast, the Mega Drive version is a relatively straight port of the arcade with slight differences in graphics and sound. Most notably the backgrounds graphics are different, some of the character sprites (specifically Marian and Linda) are not 100% accurate and the head-swapped boss characters (the mohawked version of Abobo at the end of Missions 1 and 3, and the Lee brother lookalike at the end of Mission 2) are replaced with plain palette swaps.

Magazine articles

Main article: Double Dragon/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[5]
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Mega Drive print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #124: "March 1992" (1992-02-15)
also published in:
  • Mean Machines (UK) #18: "March 1992" (1992-02-27)[6]
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Mega Drive print advert in
Joypad (FR) #6: "Mars 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #111: "February 1991" (1991-01-16)
</div>

Physical scans

Mega Drive

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
59 №9, p64-66[7]
84 №32, p46[1]
52 №7, p46/47
78 №14, p58/59
71 №32, p173[8]
31 №3, p79[9]
40 №3, p36
82 №1, p64
53 №5, p52/53
59 №19, p102-104[10]
13 №31, p30/31
72 №7, p34/35[11]
43 №6, p32/33[12]
Sega Mega Drive
57
Based on
13 reviews

Mega Drive, US/EU
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Cover
Doubledragon md us cart.jpg
Cart
Double Dragon MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
(Video Game Classics)
DoubleDragon MD US Box Front Classic.jpg
Cover

Master System

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №1, p54[13]
79 №4, p95[14]
85 №1, p55Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[15]
76 №86, p175[4]
81 №14, p75[16]
77 №6, p24/25[17]
85 №23, p41
60 №23, p56
77 №2, p45[18]
Sega Master System
78
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, US
DoubleDragon SMS US noR cover.jpg
Cover
Doubledragon sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, US
® from Tonka variant
DoubleDragon SMS US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Doubledragon sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
DoubleDragon SMS EU noR cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
® variant
DoubleDragon SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU (8 languages)
DoubleDragon SMS EU 8lang cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, JP
DoubleDragon SMS JP Box.jpg
Cover
DoubleDragon SMS JP cart.jpg
Cart
DoubleDragonSMSJPManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

DoubleDragon SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
DoubleDragonSMSAuManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (cardboard)
DoubleDragon SMS BR2 Box.jpg
Cover
DoubleDragon SMS BR2 Cart.jpg
Cart
DoubleDragon SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
DoubleDragon SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
DoubleDragon SMS BR cart.jpg
Cart
DoubleDragon SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR

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Cart
Master System, SE

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 054f5d53
MD5 6c34e2fd2b6800194dfad16fadaef820
SHA-1 f054fb2c16a78ce5f5ce20a36bf0f2634f169969
512kB 1992-01 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

Double Dragon games for Sega systems
Sega Master System
Double Dragon (1988)
Sega Mega Drive
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (1991) | Double Dragon (1992) | Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone (1992/1993) | Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team (1993) | Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls (1994)
Sega Game Gear
Double Dragon (1993)