Retro Gaming- Super Double Dragon: (1992)


Super Double Dragon was released by Technos Japan for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992.  This game was released following the NES version of Double Dragon III in 1991.  Many people think that Super Double Dragon was a very decent title for the SNES even though it may not be as popular as some of the prequels.  Super Double Dragon had included new features to make the gameplay more adventurous in comparison to the previous games.  While fighting players can control either Billy or Jimmy Lee to battle throughout different levels against the Shadow Warrior gang.  Players can grab their opponents can perform combos in order to deal a significant amount of damage.  The graphics of Super Double Dragon was not only fantastic but some may argue that it was miles ahead of some of the previous arcade games in the series.


Super Double Dragon had presented players with a more challenging set of opponents than some of the other games since they were very skilled at blocking among other fighting tactics.  This game also had some unique soundtracks including the theme songs for Stages 1 & 3.  The fourth stage of this game is very exciting since players are forced to battle with numerous enemies on top of  truck before transitioning into the next part of the stage.  Some people would look at Super Double Dragon as a generic beat em up game while others would argue that in terms of gameplay would be considered one of the best in the series.  In terms of musical composition Kazunaka Yamane did a great job creating soundtracks that blended well with each level; both Atsuyushi Nishizawa and Muneki Ebinuma did an excellent job designing this underrated classic.  This leaves some people who are fans of the Double Dragon series to wonder whether or not this game will ever receive a remake.

Retro Gaming- Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (1991)

Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone was  released for the Nintendo Entertainment System  in 1991.  This game is basically the second version of Double Dragon III only with different modes and altered gameplay.  While the arcade version of Double Dragon III had excellent graphics and nice gameplay many people would prefer the NES version of the game.  The NES version of Double Dragon III gives players options on how to play the game including whether or not they can accidently attack one another during battle.  The plot for the NES version of Double Dragon III is essentially the same because it includes both Billy and Jimmy flying around the world in order to complete their mission.  Similar to the arcade version players must travel to America, China, Japan, Italy, and Egypt in the same order.

It should be noted that some features from the arcade version of Double Dragon III did not make it into the NES port including the player’s ability to go to the store and buy items. While many people debate on which version of Double Dragon III is more difficult we all know that both were both enjoyable.  The arcade version required you to spend an endless amount of coins in order to beat the game alone or with another player.  The NES version might have been easier to complete since it was available for an at home game  console.  Overall, while both the arcade and NES versions of Double Dragon III were very similar they both included unique differences that made them both exciting and challenging for many who played both games.

Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone (1990)

Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone was originally released for the arcade system in 1990.  This title was the third installment to the Double Dragon series developed by East Technology and published by Technos Japan.  Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone one of the two versions for the third installment with the second being known as the “Sacred Stones.” This game is a direct sequel of Double Dragon II and emphasizes the events that occur immediately after the Black Warriors were defeated.  In this game the player takes control of the Lee brothers to travel the world and search for the Rosetta Stone in order to rescue Marion after being kidnapped.  This information is revealed to them by an old fortune teller named Hiruko who guides them throughout their quest.

This game presents players with an exciting adventures as they travel throughout the world to compete different missions in America, China, Japan, Italy, and Egypt.  The level of difficult the game presents range from normal to difficult because while Double Dragon III appears to be simple in the beginning stages such as Egypt proves to be very challenging.  While Double Dragon III: Rosetta Stone has great graphics and decent gameplay some people believe that it pales in comparison to its NES counterpart “Sacred Scribes.”  However, this game in some ways is a step forward from the previous two games since the storyline is slightly more in-depth and allows players to travel around the world to complete their mission.  Overall, this game was a decent sequel to Double Dragon II but when it comes down to which version of the third installment is more superior NES port known as “Sacred Scribes” is usually the first title that comes to mind.

Retro Gaming- Double Dragon: (1987)


Double Dragon was an arcade game that was originally released in 1987.  This beat em up classic had featured two characters Billy Lee and his brother Jimmy Lee going into battle with the Black Warrior gang.  The main objective is for both brothers to rescue a woman Billy has a crush on after she is captured.  Double Dragon is one of the most popular beat em up games that was released in 80’s before it was ported to other gaming consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System.  While the arcade version of Double Dragon was more superior than the NES its was also slightly different.  The NES version of Double Dragon was only one player along with having Jimmy Lee as the leader of the Black Warrior gang.  As many people know Double Dragon was also ported to  the Sega Master System and Game Boy with different features for each console.


However, despite the ports Double Dragon had received many would argue that the arcade version is the best in terms of gameplay and graphics.  The arcade version of Double Dragon was not only a great gaming experience but also had a nice soundtrack especially since this game was made in the 80’s.  Double Dragon had included various elements that would make any normal beat em up game enjoyable including the use of weapons along adventurous stages where players must combat numerous enemies.  Some people would argue that Double Dragon is not as difficult as it may seem; but honestly one must ask themselves how many coins did they use before they completed the entire game.  Overall, Double Dragon was fun beat em up game for both kids and young adults and while the title grew in popularity it would only be a matter of time before it received a movie release in 1994.