The arcade Double Dragon was a smash hit when it was released. Its "beat 'em up" gameplay was fairly innovative for the time, so much so that it was one of those games whom's success would be cashed-in on by nearly every major publisher in the video game industry at the time. Much like we have a glut of first-person shooters today, after Double Dragon, the arcade (and eventually consoles) would see a barrage of scrolling brawlers as well.
And of course, like any mega-popular arcade game of the day, Double Dragon received loads of home conversions. The two most notable versions (and most often talked about among retro game fans, usually to opposing opinions) are the Sega Master System and NES ports. Many fans in the SMS camp dislike the NES version for its lack of a traditional two-player mode, along with its deviation to some degree in level design from the arcade version.
Myself personally? Double Dragon on the NES is easily a personal favorite on the system. Despite some of the features it's lacking from the SMS version, it more than makes up for it by having an incredible soundtrack and tight gameplay that simply feels excellent, even to this day.
In this video, we will naturally be focusing on the NES version in particular. During our session, I will be taking you through the game in its entirety, and along the way I explain my strategies used to complete the game, as well as talk about glitches and personal memories with the game. I even demonstrate the novelty that is the two-player versus mode at the end of the video, so be sure to see this one through to the end!