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Ok, try and follow this. The Megadrive version of Double Dragon II is the best arcade version, beyond the arcade version itself. The NES and Turbo Duo versions are wild variations, but excellent in their own right. The Duo wins out overall. Basically, if you want to play the arcade game, stick with the Megadrive. If you want the best Double Dragon II, head for the Duo.
Graphically it's a disgrace. Sprites are badly drawn and animated and, when there are a few of them on screen, the game slows down to a ridiculous degree. Sound isn't bad, but it isn't very good either. But what is really disgraceful is the fact that I finished Double Dragon II within three quarters of an hour! If this is all Sega could do with Double Dragon II, I'm not surprised they never released the first game. My advice is to remove all thoughts from buying this from your mind and get one of the far more enjoyable Golden Axe games instead.
Das einzig noch annehmbare an der horizontal scrollenden Prügelei ist die Grafik. Zwar wirkt sie veraltet, läßt aber die 16-Bit-Maschine erahnen. Genau dieses kann von Steuerung und Sound nicht gesagt werden. Eure Helden laufen wie in Zeitlupe durch die Landschaft; bevor sie auch nur ihr Fäustchen heben, haben sie bereits 'ne Menge einstecken müssen.
What a shambles! The original Double Dragon II coin-op was no great shakes, but this conversion is simply tragic. The graphics are deformed and ungainly, the sound is hopeless and the gameplay is just completely pathetic. Double Dragon I may have been easy to complete, but it was pretty good fun while it lasted. This sequel, on the other hand, re-defines the term "tedious", with its slow, plodding movement and jerky scrolling. Megadrive Double Dragon fans should definitely take a look at Ballistic's conversion of the original coin-op, although I'm sure beat 'em up fans would agree with me when I say that Streets of Rage is still the best combat game for the Megadrive. Either way, just ignore this smelly, rancid cart, and look elsewhere for your beat 'em up thrills.
Anyone who counts themselves as a Double Dragon enthusiast already knows what to do here. Find a copy of the NES or Turbo Duo versions, and stay as far away from this turd as possible. Even casual beat-'em-up fans should steer clear, as there's so much more bad than good with this rendition that it's not even worth emulating (I assume most with a passing interest would opt to go that route as opposed to paying $35-$50 for an import copy). Pal Soft deserves two elbows and a knee to the head for this dreadful job.