Battletoads and Double Dragona game by Rareware, and Tradewest
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What do three crazy amphibians have in common with two buffed brothers who are into martial arts? Well, everything, now that the Battletoads have joined the Lee Brothers (alias Billy and Jimmy) for a toadaciously outrageous NES action/adventure game, the likes of which (and we can guarantee this) you've never seen before).
At first glance, Battletoads/Double Dragon seems like the April Fools prank, but THIS IS NO JOKE! There really is an NES game coming your way that stars heroes from two of the most popular NES games to date. This game looks good enough to put some life back into even the dustiest of NES game systems.
The good folks at Rare teamed up with the Tradewest squad to create eight levels of multi-scrolling, simultaneous two- player gaming. One player can be Rash, Zitz, or Pimple (the Battletoads), while a buddy gets to play as either Billy or Jimmy Lee (the Double Dragon Brothers).
In this game, the Dark Queen is in cahoots with none other than the Shadow Boss. With such infamous bad guys as Robo-Manus, Abobo, Big Blag, and Roper in tow, this sinister duo has crashed the Colussus (a gigantic battle cruiser) onto the surface of the moon. Their nefarious scheme is to make some bad 'n' mad mayhem for Planet Earth. It's gonna take the combined fighting power of the Lee Brothers and the Battletoads to stop the gruesome twosome.
Both the 'Toads and the 'Dragons can pull their all-time classic moves, which are rendered with the same classy animation that made them popular the first time around. Both can punch, kick, toss enemies, plus whomp them from side to side, and grab the weapons that they drop. The only thing that's missing is the laugh track, which would nicely highlight the hysterical spectacle of toad and dude fighting side by side.
We can't wait to get our flippers... er... fists on this one. We'll have a blow- by-blow and some cool tips lined up soon. Wonder if Rash, Zitz, and Pimple are the first toads on the moon? This game could be one giant leap for man- and toad-kind.
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Battletoads and Double Dragon is a beat ‘em up video game developed by Rare and published by Tradewest in 1993. The game was released for Nintendo Entertainment System for the first time and was ported to Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and Game Boy later on, due to its success.
The game is actually a crossover of Rare’s Battletoads game and Technos’ Double Dragon, and features the Ultimate Team, including Billy and Jimmy Lee (characters from the Double Dragon series – two young martial arts experts) and three Battletoads. Though both of the companies accepted the crossover, Technos had little or no involvement in the development process of the game. The engine and graphic of the game is mostly based on the Battletoads series.
The plot focuses on the Battletoads who, after defeating the evil Dark Queen, are called up at work again. One day the Earth’s military is destroyed by a giant ship, Colossus, which emerged from the moon. The Dark Queen was apparently behind the evil plan, after she allied herself with the Shadow Warriors from the Double Dragon series. To try facing the evil, the Battletoads ask Billy and Jimmy Lee from the Double Dragon series to join them, and all five of them take off to stop the evil Dark Queen and her allies.
The player can choose each one of the five characters and must proceed through a total of seven stages. He has to kick and punch enemies and fight a boss at the end of each level to progress to the next one. The game can also be played in the multiplayer mode, when two users can choose two different characters to play with.
However, due to the little involvement of Technos, the game had few inconsistencies throughout the story. Only few of the Double Dragon enemies were not misnamed, with Abobo and Linda among the lucky ones. However, even Linda is misnamed a bit, being given the Lash surname in the game. The boss of the third stage, originally called Roper, is misnamed as Willy, who is the final boss of the Double Dragon series. Roper’s character is taken over by some other guy called Guido.
There are resemblances, but also differences between the new Shadow Boss character in the game. This new boss looks a lot like Burnov, the final stage boss from Double Dragon II, and behaves like him all over the game. The only difference might be the physical one, with the Shadow Boss being lean and muscled, while Burnov is fat.
Though the game had its flaws, it was well received by the press and scored feedbacks of between 8 and 10 out of 10. Nintendo Power rated the game as the second best NES game in 1993. The version of the game was also nominated for Nintendo Power Awards 1993 in Graphics and Sound, Theme and Fun, Play Control, Villain and The Best Overall Game. The game was also featured on the list of Top 11 Video Game Crossovers by UGO Networks.
Battletoads & Double Dragon is a 2D beat'em up released for the NES, Game Boy, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES. It was developed by Rare, which has produced such other hits as the first-person shooters Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark.
The game presents the characters from the famous series Double Dragon, Billy and Jimmy - two young martial arts experts. Also included are three humanoid toads from the Battletoads game. The characters, including enemies, are mostly from the Battletoads game.
In the beginning of the game, the player must choose between the five hero-characters: Billy, Jimmy (humans), Zitz, Pimple or Rash (toads). Then, the chosen character must walk through different scenarios, kicking and punching each enemy which comes onscreen. Like many such games, a boss is included at the end of each stage, which challenges the player to a higher level of the game.