Double Dragon

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For the Sega Game Gear game, 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: Technos Japan, Tradewest
Original system(s): Arcade boards
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[1], Arcade[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
JP
¥5,5005,500 G-1369
Sega Master System
US
7012
Sega Master System
EU
MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
PT
MSJ7012
Sega Master System
UK
£22.9522.95[5] MK-7012-50
Sega Master System
SE
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
Sega Master System
KR
GB-1369
Sega Mega Drive
US
$39.9539.95[6] ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Video Game Classics)
Sega Mega Drive
EU
ACLD009
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.9929.99[8][9] ACLD009
Non-Sega versions

Double Dragon (ダブルドラゴン) is a beat-'em-up by Technos released for the arcades in 1987. It is considered a spiritual sequel to Technos's previous hit Renegade. The original arcade game was a blockbuster success and established a number of conventions that would define the beat-'em-up genre, 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

Master System version

Double Dragon is a belt-scrolling beat-'em-up, meaning that the ground is depicted from a titled perspective that allows movement sideways as well as vertically (in and out of the plane). The game can be played by up to two players simultaneously, with the first player controlling Billy Lee (who wears a blue outfit) and the second player controlling 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 a boss. The second player can join the game at any point (except during the last stage) by pressing 1 on the control pad.

The brothers can move in any direction using the D-Pad. They punch with 2 and kick with 1. Using the same attack repeatedly performs a combo that ends by knocking the opponent down. They can do an elbow smash that hits enemies behind them by holding the D-Pad in the opposite direction that they are facing while pressing 2. They can headbutt opponents with LeftLeft or RightRight. They can grab downed opponents and knee smash them with 1 or throw them with 2. The characters can perform a flying jump kick by pressing 1+2 while moving with the D-Pad. Or they can perform a leaping reverse kick (a jumping kick in the opposite direction that they are facing) by pressing 1+2 when standing in place. These jump kicks are sometimes necessary to jump onto platforms in some stages.

In addition to their hand-to-hand techniques, the brothers can equip numerous weapons, which are found on the ground or dropped by enemies when they are knocked down. Weapons can be picked up with 2 when standing over them and used with 2 (replacing the punch). Weapons include whips and bats, which are swung at opponents and give the characters increased reach, and knives and dynamite, which are thrown at enemies. The characters can also pick up and throw large objects such as drums or rocks.

The brothers have health meters consisting of five segments and lose a segment whenever they take damage from an opponent. They lose a life if they take damage without any health remaining but revive in place after a moment if the player has extra lives remaining. There are also some basic platforming sections in which characters can lose a life if they fall off the stage. Each player starts the game with three lives, and players also start the final stage with three lives regardless of how many they had before. Players earn an extra life for every 30,000 points collected. The game ends if the player runs out of lives. The player has a limited amount of time to press 1 to continue the game (resetting the score) after running out of lives. The game has unlimited continues, except for the last stage, which cannot be continued.

Stages

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The Slums
Map: 1️⃣ 

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The Factory District
Map: 1️⃣ 

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The Park
Map: 1️⃣ 

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The Black Warriors Headquarters
Map: 1️⃣ 

Mega Drive version

The game is a belt-scrolling beat-'em-up played as one or both of the Lee brothers. It can be started as a two-player game, or another player can join during gameplay by pressing  START .

The brothers move sideways with Left and Right as well as towards or away from the background with Up and Down. They jump with A. Stages sometimes contain platforming sections (such as jumping over gaps). Some stages contain ladders or fences in the background that can be climbed with Up and Down.

The brothers punch with C and kick with A. The basic attacks consists of a left-right punch combo and a kick. After a couple of punches or a single kick, the enemy is stunned. 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 an enemy with their knees with A or throw him to the other side with C. Some enemies can also be grabbed from behind during two-player mode, allowing the other player to attack them. Characters can elbow smash foes behind them with B+C. They can perform a jump kick by jumping with B and pressing A if facing left or C if facing right. They can perform a jump kick by jumping with B and pressing A if facing left or C if facing right. Or they can perform a leaping reverse kick by jumping with B and pressing C if facing left or A if facing right. They can headbutt opponents with LeftLeft or RightRight.

There are also several types of weapons that are either found on the ground in certain areas or by disarming an armed enemy. Characters can pick up a weapon with C when standing near it and use the weapon with C (replacing punch). Certain large objects can also be kicked to the ground with A.

The brothers have health meters consisting of five segments and lose a segment whenever they take damage from an opponent. They lose a life if they take damage without any health remaining, fall off the stage, or run out of time but revive in place after a moment if the player has extra lives remaining. The timer starts over if the players get a time over. Players earn an extra life for every 30,000 points collected. The game ends if the player runs out of lives, but it can be continued if the players have credits remaining. Players have separate lives but share credits. The players can decide the number of starting lives and credits (2, 4, or 6) in the options before starting the game.

Stages

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The City Slum

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The Industrial Area

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The Forest

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The Hideout of the Shadow Boss

Versions

Master System version

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 two-player co-op mode and features level designs much closer to the arcade game (albeit without the vertical scrolling and climbable ladders and 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. Stages are not timed in this version.

Mega Drive version

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. While the arcade game presents itself as one continuous stage without interruption, the Mega Drive version, like other ports of the game, blackens the screen between stages.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Design and Programming: Tradewest
  • Producer: Chris Bankston
  • Testers: Robert Daly, Steve Graziano
  • Manual: Jeff Wagner
Source:
US manual
Double Dragon MD US Manual.pdf
[10]


Magazine articles

Main article: Double Dragon/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ES advert (1990)
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ES advert (1991)
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Print advert in (GR) #72: "Dekémvrios 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Master System print advert in (UK) #111: "February 1991" (1991-01-16)
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Mega Drive print advert in (UK) #124: "March 1992" (1992-02-15)
also published in:
  • (UK) #18: "March 1992" (1992-02-27)[11]
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Mega Drive print advert in (FR) #6: "Mars 1992" (1992-02-1x)
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Print advert in (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[12]
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Print advert in Excalibur (CZ) #12 (1992-09-01)
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Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(UK)
82
[13]
(UK)
79
[14]
(UK) PAL
85
[15]
(UK) PAL
70
[16]
(UK)
76
[5]
(UK)
81
[17]
(UK)
70
[18]
(FR)
77
[19]
(UK) PAL
85
[20]
(UK) PAL
50
[21]
(UK)
77
[22]
(UK) PAL
70
[23]
(FR)
75
[24]
Sega Master System
75
Based on
13 reviews

Double Dragon

Master System, JP
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Cover
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Cart
DoubleDragonSMSJPManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, US
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Cover
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Manual
Master System, US (® from Tonka variant)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Master System, EU
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Cover
Master System, EU (Sega®)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, EU (8 languages)
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Cover
Master System, PT
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Cover
Master System, SE

Master System, AU (Hotline sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
DoubleDragonSMSAuManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU (NIAL sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (Bonus/hotline stickers)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (Distributed by Ozisoft sticker)
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Cover
Master System, AU (Classics)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR (cardboard)
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Cover
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Cart
DoubleDragon SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
DoubleDragon SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR

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Cart

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(RU)
60
[25]
(UK) PAL
72
[26]
(UK)
30
[27]
(US) NTSC-U
84
[6]
(UK) PAL
52
[28]
(FR) PAL
78
[29]
(FR) NTSC-U
71
[30]
(UK)
31
[31]
(UK) PAL
40
[32]
(UK) PAL
40
[33]
(UK)
82
[34]
(UK) PAL
53
[35]
(UK)
59
[36]
(UK)
59
[37]
(DE)
58
[38]
(UK) PAL
13
[39]
(UK) PAL
72
[40]
(UK) PAL
72
[41]
(UK) PAL
43
[42]
(RU)
70
[43]
(US) NTSC-U
60
[44]
(DE)
54
[45]
Sega Mega Drive
57
Based on
22 reviews

Double Dragon

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Double Dragon MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
(Video Game Classics)
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Cover
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Cart
Double Dragon MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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PCB

Technical information

Main article: Double Dragon/Technical information.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segamark3/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-21 03:44)
  2. File:DoubleDragon SMS EU noR cover.jpg
  3. Computer Entertainer, "December 1988" (US; 1988-12-17), page 13
  4. File:BristolEveningPost UK 1989-01-13 Page 82.jpg
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "December 1988" (UK; 1988-11-xx), page 175
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 GamePro, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 48
  7. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1992-04-20), page 19
  8. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 12
  9. Sega Power, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 12
  10. File:Double Dragon MD US Manual.pdf, page 2
  11. Mean Machines, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-27), page 66
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 39
  13. Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 54
  14. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 95
  15. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 55
  16. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 139
  17. The Games Machine, "June 1989" (UK; 1989-05-18), page 74
  18. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 133
  19. Player One, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 24
  20. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 41
  21. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 56
  22. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 47
  23. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  24. Tilt, "Mars 1989" (FR; 1989-0x-xx), page 71
  25. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 93
  26. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 129
  27. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 39
  28. Game Zone, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-22), page 46
  29. Joypad, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 48
  30. Joystick, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 173
  31. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 79
  32. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 36
  33. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
  34. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 64
  35. MegaTech, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-20), page 52
  36. Mean Machines, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-28), page 64
  37. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
  38. Power Play, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-13), page 149
  39. Sega Power, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-07), page 30
  40. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 34
  41. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  42. Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 32
  43. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 52
  44. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "July 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 44
  45. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 50


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