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 Zeebo A cliché in beat'em ups, the first boss comes back in a different palette.
Bad Dudes Zeebo Some ninjas will set their own bodies on fire and come running toward you, while others will pass through flipping, like the one who's hitting me.
Bad Dudes Zeebo After beating the previous bosses, here comes the stage 7 boss.
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.

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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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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chirinea (36582) added Bad Dudes (Zeebo) on Jul 27, 2010
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