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Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones

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Amstrad CPC
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The final game in the trilogy.

Billy and Jimmy Lee are returning from martial arts training when their paths cross a fortune teller. She tells them of a great evil in Egypt, their strongest adversary yet, and how the Rosetta Stones can aid them.

This game features weapon shops where Billy and Jimmy can buy power-ups, tricks, energy and extra lives to aid them in their quest.

Power-ups make Billy and Jimmy twice their size, increasing their damage done and range of attack.

The character graphics have changed, moving away from cartoon style graphics to more realistic looking characters.


Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Atari ST From the intro
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones NES Inside a cabin, Billy grabs Daby with a somersault.
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Atari ST The fortune teller tells you where to go next
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Amstrad CPC Mission 3 - Japan

Alternate Titles

  • "双載龍Ⅲ The Sacred Stones" -- Alternative Japanese Famicon title
  • "双載龍Ⅲ The Rosetta Stone" -- Famicom Japanese spelling
  • "Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stones" -- UK NES title
  • "Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone" -- Japanese title
  • "Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone" -- In-game title
  • "Double Dragon 3: The Arcade Game" -- Game Boy title
  • "Double Dragon 3" -- Commodore 64 + Game Boy in-game title

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User Reviews

A hard as hell fighting beat em up. Just how I like em! NES Mr. Huh (112)
A decent beat-em-up for fans of the genre or the series DOS Ryu (50)

The Press Says

Top Secret DOS Mar, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1991 74 out of 100 74
Quebec Gamers NES Dec 02, 2004 7.2 out of 10 72
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Apr, 1991 3.3 out of 5 66
Datormagazin Amiga Jan 30, 1992 55 out of 100 55 Genesis May 07, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Joypad Game Boy Oct, 1993 41 out of 100 41
Total!! UK Magazine NES Nov, 1992 36 out of 100 36
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1992 4 out of 12 33
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 23, 2007 D- 16


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Arcade Version and Development

The original arcade version of the game was not developed by Technos Japan, the developers of the first two arcade games and their Famicom/NES counterparts. Instead, Technos contracted the game to an outside developer called East Technology and produced the game with the western market in mind. As a result, the arcade version of Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones bears little or no resemblance to the previous games.

In addition to a new graphical style and a world tour-theme, the arcade version features a shopping system where players could purchase power-ups such as extra men (from one of four character types or families), weapons, special techniques, extra energy and speed by inserting additional tokens to the machine. The game version bombed as a result of this feature and when the game was relocalized for the Japanese market, the shopping feature was removed and a player select feature (which was originally planned for the US version) was implemented to the game.

When the time came to develop a Famicom/NES version, Technos Japan decided to work on the game themselves. While the first two NES games took a few liberties with their arcade counterparts, they still retained the same gameplay and appearance as the original versions. The NES version of Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones on the other hand is almost a completely different game as its arcade counterpart. The NES version is the only version made by Technos Japan.


Found in the program executable: "Greetings to Naja. For support during the troubled times this program also gave me."


The Japanese Famicom version came with a manga-style instruction manual.


The Adlib music in this game was converted to Adlib by the brilliant Adlib masters (and former C64 demogroup) Vibrants.

Information also contributed by Corn Popper and Johnny Undaunted.
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