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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 NES European title screen
Bad Dudes NES Fighting blue ninjas
Bad Dudes NES On a truck
Bad Dudes NES Intro

Alternate Titles

  • "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

I'm BAD! Infact This is so Bad that it's GOOD! Mr. Huh (112) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Raze Jan, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Just Games Retro Aug 27, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Freaks 365 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
Nintendo Power Magazine Jul, 1989 3.5 out of 5 70
Thunderbolt Games Jan 12, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1989 20 out of 40 50
NES Player Nov 06, 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1991 49 out of 100 49
Mean Machines Feb, 1991 39 out of 100 39
The Video Game Critic Jan 01, 2001 D 25


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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.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Wimpiest Hostage in a Video Game (President Bush)
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PCGamer77 (3003) added Bad Dudes (NES) on Feb 24, 2003
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