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Double Dragon

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For the 1993 Game Gear game by Virgin Interactive, see Double Dragon (Game Gear).

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Double Dragon
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive
Publisher:
Sega Master System
Sega,
Sega Mega Drive
Ballistic
Developer:
Licensor:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Developer(s) of original games: Technos
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Sound Images v1.0
Peripherals supported:
Sega Master System
FM Sound Unit
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
JP
¥5,500 G-1369
Sega Master System
US
$? 7012
Sega Master System
UK
£22.95More...[1] MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
PT
?PTE$ MSJ7012
Sega Master System
CS
879 CSK ?
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB-1369



Sega Mega Drive
US
$39.95More...[2] ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.99More...[3]More...[4] ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas ACLD009



Double Dragon (ダブルドラゴン) is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up by Technos released for the arcades in 1987. It's considered a spiritual sequel to Technos's previous hit Renegade, while also serving as a precursor to later games in the genre such as Final Fight and Streets of Rage. The game was ported to several consoles and home computers since its original arcade release, including to Sega consoles twice: the first time was for the Master System by Sega themselves in 1988, and later for the Genesis in 1992 by Accolade.

Story

Near the end of the 20th century, violence ruled the streets of New York City after the nuclear war and people began forming gangs to survive. On the outskirts of the city lived twin brothers named Jimmy and Billy Lee. The brothers used to run a martial arts school in the centre of the city which was burned down to ashes five years ago as a result of the nuclear war. Despite this, the brothers did not neglect their training for even a day.

The younger brother, Billy, was romantically involved with a female instructor named Marian, but Jimmy was secretly in love with her as well. One day, Marian was abducted by the Black Warriors, a savage street gang led by a man named Willy Mackey. The gang gradually grew in size after the nuclear war and they are now dominant organization of the city.

The Lee brothers set out to confront the Black Warriors and rescue Marian.

Gameplay

Double Dragon is a side-scrolling action game that can be played by up to two players simultaneously. Player 1 controls Billy Lee (who wears the blue outfit), while Player 2 controls his twin brother Jimmy (in red). The objective of the game is to defeat every enemy from one area to the next until reaching the end of the stage and defeating the boss.

The controls of the original arcade version consisted of an eight way joystick and three buttons (kick, jump, punch). The player can move not only left or right, but also towards or away from the background. The basic attacks consists of a left-right punch combo and a kick. After a couple of punches or a single kick, the enemy will be in a stunned pose. During this period, the player can follow it up with an uppercut, a roundhouse kick or a head grab (depending on the enemy type). During a head grab, the player can repeatedly kick the enemy with their knees or throw him to the other side. Other moves including a jump kick, an elbow strike, a leaping reverse kick and a headbutt. Some enemies can also be grabbed from behind during 2-players mode, allowing your partner to attack him.

There are also seven types of weapons that are either, found on the ground in certain areas or by disarming an armed enemy. To pick up a weapon, stand near it and pick it up with the punch button. While armed, the weapon can be used by pressing the punch button. Certain large objects can also be kicked to the ground with the kick button.

Versions

Master System

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.

Mega Drive

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

Pixel GR 72.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Pixel (GR) #72: "Dekémvrios 1990" (1990-xx-xx)

CVG UK 111.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #111: "February 1991" (1991-01-16)

CVG UK 124.pdfCVG UK 124.pdf

PDF
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)More...[6]

Joypad FR 006.pdfJoypad FR 006.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in Joypad (FR) #6: "Mars 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

GamePro US 034.pdf

PDF
Print advert in GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)More...[7]

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Print advert in Excalibur (CZ) #12 (1992-09-01)

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 More...[8]
79 More...[9]
85 More...Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[10]
76 More...[1]
81 More...[11]
77 More...[12]
85 More...[13]
60 More...[14]
77 More...[15]
Sega Master System
78
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, US
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Cover
Doubledragon sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, US (® from Tonka variant)
DoubleDragon SMS US Box.jpg
Cover
DoubleDragon SMS US cart.jpg
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

DoubleDragon SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, SE

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
59 More...[16]
84 More...[17]
52 №7, p46/47
78 №14, p58/59
71 More...[18]
31 More...[19]
40 №3, p36
82 №1, p64
53 №5, p52/53
59 More...[20]
13 More...[21]
72 More...[22]
43 More...[23]
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

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 A55D89F3
MD5 FE9AA8044951B10F876B15F4456161A9
SHA-1 CAD5532AF94ED75C0ADA8820A83FA04D22F7BEF5
256kB Cartridge
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 054f5d53
MD5 6c34e2fd2b6800194dfad16fadaef820
SHA-1 f054fb2c16a78ce5f5ce20a36bf0f2634f169969
512kB 1992-01 Cartridge (US/EU)

References


Double Dragon
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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)