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Bad Dudes is a six-level action game originating in the arcades. The gameplay involving beating a succession of guys to complete the level, then an end-of-level bad guy. The action takes place on two different levels of the screen, which can be jumped across or navigated using ladders. Moves such as punches and kicks are on offer. The control method makes jumping sideways quite tricky.


Bad Dudes Amiga Stage 6
Bad Dudes Amstrad CPC "What's the matter? You exhausted from all that fighting?"
Bad Dudes Zeebo The first boss is <moby game="Karnov">Karnov</moby>. I guess it makes sense, him being Russian and the president of the USA having been kidnapped during the Cold War period.
Bad Dudes Zeebo After defeating a boss our hero will reassure himself that he's fit for the job screaming "I'm bad"!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Bad Dudes" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "Dragon-Ninja" -- MSX/ZX Spectrum in-game title
  • "Dragon Ninja" -- Japanese Famicom title
  • "DragonNinja" -- Alternate title
  • "Bad Dudes Vs Dragon Ninja" -- European title
  • "Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja" -- Arcade title screen title
  • "Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja" -- Arcade title

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User Reviews

Nostalgia DOS Robert C (7)
I'm BAD! Infact This is so Bad that it's GOOD! NES Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch Mar 19, 2018 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3.5 out of 5 70 Commodore 64 Aug, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 55 out of 100 55
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Apr, 1989 47 out of 100 47
Mean Machines NES Feb, 1991 39 out of 100 39
Switch Era Nintendo Switch Apr 09, 2018 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic NES Jan 01, 2001 D 25
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II May, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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The NES port of the game changed "President Ronnie" to simply "the President," possibly due to Nintendo's censorship protocol which restricted political content.


  • The guy that does the two sentence mission looks an awful lot like Duke Nukem doesn't he?
  • The first boss is actually Karnov, who was one of Data East's most popular characters.

Amstrad CPC versions

There were two versions of the game released: for CPC464 and CPC6128. The latter featured additional speech samples and while running from tape the game was loaded in one go.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Wimpiest Hostage in a Video Game (President Bush)
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