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- One or Two Player Double Dragon
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Classic Double Dragon for 1 or 2 players. You are Billy & Jimmy Lee, the twins they call the Spike and Hammer, use Leaping kicks, Knee smashes, Judo throws to rescue Mary Ann.
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On this version, two people can play the "real" game simultaneously (P1 as Billy Lee and P2 as Jimmy Lee --- believe it or not, my mom used to play this game with me!); on the NES version, two people could play at the same time only in that version's 1-on-1 versus mode. (There is no vs. mode on this version.) Also, on this version you have ALL of your moves from the beginning of the game; on the NES version you had to "earn" moves by getting enough points. (There was that cheat that you could use with that one particular baseball bat to get points and [ahem] "earn" your moves, but it's still a drag that you don't have all of them from the start.) Another REALLY cool thing about this version is that you can keep continuing from right where you are when you lose all of your lives --- that is, until the last stage; when you lose all your lives then, it's "game over" for you (THAT'S not so cool!).
Several of the differences between this version and the NES version have to do with enemy characters. Something that I actually find sort of neat about this version is that there can be more than one "kind" of enemy on the screen at once (not just Williamses, or just Rowpers [I think those guys are Lopars on the NES version], etc.); as I recall, on the NES version, there is never more than one kind of enemy on the screen. And, interestingly, there is one enemy in this version who isn't on the NES version (and vice versa). The NES version has that Chintai guy (who is a tough cookie!), while this version has some guy (also tough, as I remember) who I think kind of resembles Billy and Jimmy Lee. The manual calls him Willy, which is the machine-gun guy's name on the NES version. (That guy is named Jeff on this version.) Also, Abobo is even more dangerous on this version than on the NES version; on this one, if he catches you, he'll toss you up and down like pizza dough --- and that REALLY hurts! Something about the enemies on this version that I've always found weird is that, as you get farther into the game, you start encountering GREEN-skinned versions of enemies! (The other variations of the enemies have more "natural" skin tones.) Aside from a green Abobo, I don't recall the NES version having green-skinned guys (not that just a green Abobo ISN'T weird!).
One thing about this version of the game, which is a VERY minor thing but that I've always found just a little odd, is that when a character gets knocked down before being pounded enough to be defeated, they have no "getting up" animation or frame; one second they're flat on their back, and the next, they're standing up again!
Also, this version's plot doesn't quite match the plot of the NES version (at least not if 2 players make it to the last stage), since Jimmy Lee is controlled by player 2 and isn't the final enemy. So this version doesn't have the "twist" (again, at least not if 2 players get to the last stage) of Jimmy Lee apparently being behind all the trouble (which I have to admit is actually kind of a cool twist) --- although I think it is possible, at least if you're player 2 and player 1's game is over, to beat the game as Jimmy Lee and get a kiss (I think that's what you get) from the girl, who is supposed to be Billy Lee's girlfriend! The girl is named Mary Ann on this version; she is called Marian on the NES version.
Overall, though, this is the best version of the game, and if you have an SMS but not this game (or if you get an SMS later on), this game is a must-have if you like old side-scrolling fighting games (although I don't recommend damaging your wallet TOO much for it!).
And by the way, I apologize if anything in this review is inaccurate; it's been a while since I've played ANY version of the game!