Double Dragon (NES)

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Double Dragon
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Platform: NES
Year: 1988
Developer: Technos Japan Corp.
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For other games in the series, see Double Dragon.

Double Dragon was the first successful beat-em-up series. The arcade game took plenty of quarters from kids wanting desperately to beat up Willy and rescue Marian. The NES port was similar to the arcade game. You still got to punch, kick, and fight your way through four difficult missions, but there are some other changes that really disappoint the NES players. The biggest letdown comes from the lack of two player simultaneous play. Part of what made Double Dragon so great was the "double" part. Taking that away made the game half as exciting. Also, because of the lack of processing power on the NES, some of the enemy characters were removed, and a most of the animation was toned down. In the end, you're left with a lukewarm fighting game, that is rather disappointing, not to mention insanely difficult.


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The title screen.

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The start of the game.

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One thing that was done right in the NES port was the music. Double Dragon has an amazing electric guitar sound, especially in "The City Slums" and "Opening". The other tracks are also nicely composed.

The music was composed by Kazunaka Yamane. Most of it was ported to the NES from his original arcade soundtrack, only the NES sound makes it seem a little louder and more in-your-face. Yamane composed two new songs for the NES port: "The Cave" and "Game Over." The entire arcade track of "Setting Off" was ported to the NES, but unfortunately it's cut off prematurely during the intermissions, so you normally only get to hear the beginning, but a complete version is recorded here.

Most of the track titles come from the album, Original Sound of Double Dragon.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Opening (Double Dragon) Kazunaka Yamane 1:35
02 Setting Off (A New Battle) (Partial) Kazunaka Yamane 0:06
03 The City Slums (The Black Warriors Arrive) Kazunaka Yamane 2:43
04 The Industrial Area (The Great Fray) Kazunaka Yamane 1:32
05 The Woods Kazunaka Yamane 2:30
06 The Cave Kazunaka Yamane 0:40
07 The Giant Abobo Appears Kazunaka Yamane 1:04
08 The Hideout (Willy the Nemesis) Kazunaka Yamane 1:12
09 After the Battle Kazunaka Yamane 0:02
10 Game Over Kazunaka Yamane 0:04
11 Setting Off (A New Battle) Kazunaka Yamane 1:15
12 Ending (Reunion With Marian) Kazunaka Yamane 0:22


(Source: Arcade, Unused Credits)

Interestingly, the game has code and data for credit screens, but it doesn't appear to have been completed by the time the game shipped. Viewing the game's ROM with a hex editor, the name Lasalu Yamane is seen, no doubt referencing Kazunaka Yamane.


Game Rip



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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.


  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: 双截龍 (Double Dragon)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1988-04-08
Publisher: Technos Japan Corp.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Double Dragon
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-06-??
Publisher: Tradewest, Inc.
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Double Dragon
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Tradewest, Inc.