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'''''Double Dragon''''' is a fictional universe created by [[Technos]] which began on 1987-07-10 with the release of the original arcade game. Technos developed a couple other games for it before going out of business. The franchise is currently owned by [[Arc System Works]].
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[[Image:Double Dragon - Logo.png|thumb|256x256px|The ''Double Dragon'' logo used on the NES port.]]
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'''''Double Dragon''''' is a fictional universe created by [[Technos]] which began on 1987-07-10 with the release of the original [[beat 'em up]] arcade game. The series is based around twin brothers, Billy and Jimmy Lee, who are martial arts experts who have to defeat thugs for various reasons, usually involving Billy's girlfriend Marion. Technos developed a couple sequels and also licensed other companies to develop and publish ports. In the 1990s, the franchise expanded into a TV series, film, and comic book. After Technos went out of business in 1996, the franchise remained stagnant for years while the rights to the franchise changed hands several times until eventually landing with [[Arc System Works]]. Most of the games released for the franchise since Technos went bankrupt have been emulated clones and retro remakes, although the Neon title saw a major overhaul. Although not directly related, ''[[Double Dragon]]'' was influenced by the US localization of ''Nekketsu Koha Kunio-kun'', ''[[Renegade]]''.
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==Personal==
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I remember seeing ''[[Double Dragon]]'' in an arcade around 1988. Although I didn't have any money to play it, I enjoyed watching people dumping quarters into it and beating up the thugs in the game. That Christmas, my brother received the ''[[Double Dragon (NES)|NES port]]'' as a gift. We played it quite a lot, though we were disappointed by how inferior it was. Shortly thereafter, we got the even worse [[Double Dragon (LCD game)|''Double Dragon'' LCD game]]. Even after being burned with these terrible ports, I still liked the idea of ''Double Dragon''.
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I never saw ''Double Dragon II: The Revenge'' in the arcade, but a friend of mine had a copy of the [[Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)|NES port]], and this was redemption. He and I loved playing it together and, when we played outside, we would often pretend to be the martial arts masters from the game. That same friend rented a copy of ''[[Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones]]'' for the NES shortly after it came out, and we were both disgusted by how bad it was. I was interested in ''[[Battletoads / Double Dragon]]'' when I first saw it, but I found it to be a rather uninspired mashup. After that, I so disenfranchised by ''Double Dragon'' titles, and, really, beat 'em ups altogether, so I stopped caring about them. I've tried a couple other ports and games from the series and found most of them dreadful. I haven't seen the TV series or film or read any of the comics.
  
 
==Works==
 
==Works==
 
===Video Games===
 
===Video Games===
 
* ''[[Double Dragon]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon]]''
* ''[[Double Dragon (NES)]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon (NES)|Double Dragon]]'' (NES port)
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* ''[[Double Dragon (LCD game)|Double Dragon]]'' (LCD game)
 
* ''[[Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]''
* ''[[Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)|Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]'' (NES port)
 
* ''[[Double Dragon (Game Boy)]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon (Game Boy)]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone]]''
* ''[[Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones]]'' (NES port)
* ''[[Double Dragon II (Game Boy)]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon II (Game Boy)|Double Dragon II]]'' (Game Boy game)
 
* ''[[Super Double Dragon]]''
 
* ''[[Super Double Dragon]]''
* ''[[Double Dragon (Game Gear)]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon II: The Revenge (PC Engine CD)|Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]'' (PC Engine CD port)
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* ''[[Double Dragon (Game Gear)|Double Dragon]]'' (Game Gear port)
 
* ''[[Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon (1995)]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon (1995)]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon EX]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon EX]]''
* ''[[Double Dragon (Zeebo)]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon (Zeebo)|Double Dragon]]'' (Zeebo port)
 
* ''[[Double Dragon Neon]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon Neon]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon IV]]''
 
* ''[[Double Dragon IV]]''
  
 
===Related Video Games===
 
===Related Video Games===
* ''[[Super Spike V'Ball]]''
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* ''[[Abobo's Big Adventure]]''
 
* ''[[Battletoads / Double Dragon]]''
 
* ''[[Battletoads / Double Dragon]]''
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* ''[[Renegade]]''
 
* ''[[River City Ransom]]''
 
* ''[[River City Ransom]]''
* ''[[Abobo's Big Adventure]]''
 
 
* ''[[River City: Rival Showdown]]''
 
* ''[[River City: Rival Showdown]]''
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* ''[[Super Spike V'Ball]]''
  
 
===Films===
 
===Films===
* ''[[Double Dragon (TV series)]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon (TV series)|Double Dragon]]'' (TV series)
* ''[[Double Dragon (film)]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon (film)|Double Dragon]]'' (film)
  
 
===Others===
 
===Others===
* ''[[Double Dragon (comic)]]''
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* ''[[Double Dragon (comic)|Double Dragon]]'' (comic)
 
* ''[[Rock'n Game Boy]]''
 
* ''[[Rock'n Game Boy]]''
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==Media==
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<gallery>
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Zac Gorman - Double Dragon.gif|Comic by Zac Gorman.
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</gallery>
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==

Latest revision as of 13:18, 3 September 2020

The Double Dragon logo used on the NES port.

Double Dragon is a fictional universe created by Technos which began on 1987-07-10 with the release of the original beat 'em up arcade game. The series is based around twin brothers, Billy and Jimmy Lee, who are martial arts experts who have to defeat thugs for various reasons, usually involving Billy's girlfriend Marion. Technos developed a couple sequels and also licensed other companies to develop and publish ports. In the 1990s, the franchise expanded into a TV series, film, and comic book. After Technos went out of business in 1996, the franchise remained stagnant for years while the rights to the franchise changed hands several times until eventually landing with Arc System Works. Most of the games released for the franchise since Technos went bankrupt have been emulated clones and retro remakes, although the Neon title saw a major overhaul. Although not directly related, Double Dragon was influenced by the US localization of Nekketsu Koha Kunio-kun, Renegade.

Personal

I remember seeing Double Dragon in an arcade around 1988. Although I didn't have any money to play it, I enjoyed watching people dumping quarters into it and beating up the thugs in the game. That Christmas, my brother received the NES port as a gift. We played it quite a lot, though we were disappointed by how inferior it was. Shortly thereafter, we got the even worse Double Dragon LCD game. Even after being burned with these terrible ports, I still liked the idea of Double Dragon.

I never saw Double Dragon II: The Revenge in the arcade, but a friend of mine had a copy of the NES port, and this was redemption. He and I loved playing it together and, when we played outside, we would often pretend to be the martial arts masters from the game. That same friend rented a copy of Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones for the NES shortly after it came out, and we were both disgusted by how bad it was. I was interested in Battletoads / Double Dragon when I first saw it, but I found it to be a rather uninspired mashup. After that, I so disenfranchised by Double Dragon titles, and, really, beat 'em ups altogether, so I stopped caring about them. I've tried a couple other ports and games from the series and found most of them dreadful. I haven't seen the TV series or film or read any of the comics.

Works

Video Games

Related Video Games

Films

Others

Media

Links

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