Review by Killer_Eight
"Challenging? No Lives? Bimmy and Jimmy?"
Double Dragon I & II for the NES has always been a NES favorite of mine but after the release of III for the arcade, it was crap. Now Technos is showing their way of DD III, on the NES along with the continuing prophecy stuff from DD II. DD III on the NES ditches the famous/infamous left and right attack button with the classic punch and kick button including the cyclone kick and some new moves, including new characters.
Story? Yes, there is a story. Billy and Jimmy are being told by a weird old woman named Hiruko, who claims that Marion is possessed in Egypt to become a evil queen and the only way to stop her is to collect the three sacred stones. Now it's time to travel around many places to collect the stones in order to find Marion in Egypt.
Now you get the story, it doesn't feature the original baddies like Willy and Abobo. Why? I don't know, it feels like a non-canonical sequel to me...
Gameplay 8/10 - DD III ditches the DD II gameplay (including the secret moves) and brings out a new engine that introduces running, team attacks, somersault and jumping of the walls. This new engine makes the fighting more realistic and chop-socky-ish, which DD series was inspired from. Also, in the in-game menu, you can also select a signature weapon for each character. The signature weapons are strong but limited. However, the gameplay is not what you expect.
The gameplay is extremely challenging because the enemies can go between you and beat the living poop outta you until you game over. THAT'S RIGHT, I SAID GAME OVER. Why I said GAME OVER? Because the game lacks a life system, once you lose (even from a final level), you will be brought back to the menu and start all over this challenging madness. If you have different characters, they will treat it as a life system but they're much harder to use.
Aside from the challenging stuff, 2 Player Mode A is highly recommended to beat the game because you can do double cyclone kick and jump off a partner then kick the enemy towards you. NEVER EVER TRY MODE B, then you would have trouble performing team attacks and accidently beating each other alot.
Graphics 9/10 - Easily the best graphics for a NES version of DD III. The characters have details around the muscles and clothing. The animation is smooth and the backgrounds are big. The enemies are similar but have their own art styles. The only major issue is the sprite flickering due to the NES not having enough power to take care of these detailed sprites and backgrounds.
The cutscenes art style is nice but they don't tend to have a true DD feel.
Sound 8/10 - The music is kickass, which includes the remixed DD Theme. The levels has a nice feel to it, and it fits perfectly. My favorite music in the level has to be USA, because it's just catchy that's all.
The sound effects are not that much but you will hear mostly punches and kicks.
Value 8/10 - This game just makes you wanna play over and over again due to it's difficulty. If you want to beat this game with a friend, make sure he/she knows the controls and the moves.
The Last 8/10 - This game is a must-get for any beat'em up fans who are looking for challenges. It's still a great game, despite it's difficulty and lack of lives.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 12/11/06
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