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Double Dragon Advance

by Atlus
Platform : Game Boy Advance
Rated: Teen
28 customer reviews
Metascore: 75 / 100
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The classic arcade game returns! Join twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee, in this bare-knuckles mission to save Billy's kidnapped girlfriend, Marian.


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  • ASIN: B00009YEJK
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.9 x 1 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,065 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 24, 2003
I remember when I was a kid getting to waste all my Mom's change on the original Double Dragon arcade game. When the game hit home systems, it was a massive hit and helped inspire countless other 2-D side scrolling beat 'em ups like Streets of Rage and Final Fight. Double Dragon Advance mixes the addicting gameplay of the original with many upgrades and elements from the various sequels released after the original. Plaing as twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee, you go up against the Shadow Warriors in hopes of locating Billy's kidnapped girlfriend. You get to punch, kick, and use many a weapon, in your mission as you go against a host of baddies from petty thugs to well manicured suits (who look like the Agents from The Matrix) to the infamous buff, bald headed, and bearded Abobo to even Machine Gun Willy. The controls are tight, the graphics bring back plenty of nostalgic memories, and the music is ever catchy. The only drawback of Double Dragon Advance is the game is ultimately too short, and by the time you beat it you'll be wishing for more. All in all, fans of the original game who own a GBA will find plenty of great memories with this game, and those new to the genre should give this a look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Kreps on November 21, 2003
Double Dragon Advance is a good translation of the arcade game of 15 years ago. While there have been characters and stages added, it still has the same look and feel of the original. Some of the additions may be from the best parts of the Double Dragon sequels and other Double Dragon-type games, like Bad Dudes. The stages certainly all felt familiar. Most of the original moves are still there, and it's fun to experiment with the new moves and weapons -- like the running punch and the sticks. Of course, you'll eventually go back to the old reliable flying elbow. If you were a fan of the original, you'll like this game.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on December 6, 2003
The first Double Dragon really took on in the arcades because of unique moves, great character designs, the weapons, and the ability of the two players to beat on each other if they so desire. I was an absolute fanatic, playing for hours on end on my PC. However, subsequent excursions including an SNES version never grabbed me. It's as if the game programmers felt that the Lee brothers were too powerful and just kept chipping away at their moves until they are almost entirely impotent, far less powerful than each member of the legions of enemies they face.
Double Dragon Advance, unfortunately, continues the trend. It's not that you can't perform their moves. I find it surprisingly easy to perform classic Double Dragon moves such as the headbutt, back jumpkick, and the famous elbow. And a large commendation goes out to the new weapons system; so many side-scrolling fighting games get it wrong, but this game allows you to accurately pick up and retain weapons you like, with complete control. Very good system. The larger array of weapons is also great, with the kali sticks, nunchaku, and ball and chain being especially fun to use.
But the game remains insanely difficult. I started playing on the Easy mode, and though I was able to finish, there were times when I just wanted to flush the game down a toilet. Your elbow is now shorter than the average punch; this used to be the life-saving weapon to use when you're being swarmed, but now it's less than useless. The game pits you against three times as many enemies as in Double Dragon classic (and this is in Easy mode, mind you), with eight or nine enemies onscreen at any given time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Armstrong on July 18, 2006
I was quite unnerved by the negative reviews on this game. Nonetheless, my love for Double Dragon prevailed and I acquired it. I found all the negative reviews to be criminally false.

There are some similarities to the old arcade game as well as the first and second NES releases. Anyone looking for a direct copy will be disappointed. I thought that would be a deterrent, but it is not so. The attack scheme has been expanded and improved upon. There are more ways than ever to deliver pain in this Double Dragon.

The game sprawls 8 missions of increasing difficulty. The play control is not as impossible as I read before. Its not impossibly hard to win the game either. I didn't beat it on the first try, but why would I want to?

After winning the game on hard, it offers an expert level. After beating that it offers codes for extra credits. Cool eh?

Overall, I would recommend this game to anyone. Its great, engaging, and worth repeated plays.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurgan on May 20, 2007
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This is not the Double Dragon you remember, but it's a Double Dragon you'll never forget!

Since we're discussing classic games and nostalgia, a bit of a history lesson is in order, from my own (admittedly biased) perspective:

I had little interest in the GameBoyAdvance until I got a chance to play this title. It was released "way back" in late 2003, apparently only for a limited time, making it somewhat rare these days.

"Double Dragon Advance" is based directly on the 1987 arcade game, Double Dragon, a classic three button, two player brawler, produced by Taito (liscensed from Technos), that launched the fighting genre as even its predecessor "Renegade" never could. In the days before the one on one "Vs." fighters, this coin-op title was king, and was quickly ported to every platform under the sun, inspiring several mostly lackluster sequels, spinoffs and countless imitations (some of which were quite good, like Final Fight, Vendetta, the Streets of Rage series, Alien Vs. Predator, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, or the arcade TMNT games).

Featuring great graphics and sound for the time, it had colorful cartoony animation, memorable music, and bone crushing sound effects. The theme was a gritty, fairly realistic (for the time) street fight, with lots of moves to choose from, a variety of weapons, and two player cooperative action. At the close of the game, the two players (if they were both still standing) would face off in a grudge match to the death. While the whole concept made little sense in the real world, it was an extremely fun video game experience. During the game too, players could harm each other, so this presented the potential for competition or cooperating depending on the mood of the players.
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