Double Dragon ( Loose copy)



Double Dragon[a][b] is a 1987 beat ’em up video game developed by Technōs Japan and distributed by Taito for arcades across Asia, North America and Europe. It is the first title in the Double Dragon franchise. The game’s development was led by Yoshihisa Kishimoto, and it is a spiritual and technological successor to Technos’ earlier beat ’em up, Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (1986), released outside of Japan by Taito as Renegade; Kishimoto originally envisioned it as a direct sequel and part of the Kunio-kun series, before making it a new game with a different cast and setting.

Double Dragon introduced several additions to the Kunio-kun belt scroll beat ’em up formula, such as a continuous side-scrolling world adding a sense of progression, two-player cooperative gameplay, the ability to arm oneself with an enemy’s weapon after disarming them, and the use of cut scenes to give it a cinematic look and feel. The game’s title is a reference to the two-player gameplay and Bruce Lee’s martial arts film Enter the Dragon (1973), which was a major inspiration behind Kunio-kun and Double Dragon, while the game’s art style and setting were influenced by the Mad Max films and Fist of the North Star manga and anime series.

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