Battletoads / Double Dragon

aka: Battletoads / Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team
Moby ID: 6154
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Earth is under fire by Colossus, a battleship the size of a city. Using powerful laser cannons, it has destroyed most of Earth's defence forces, while its many troops clean up the rest of the planet. All expect for 5 warriors.

The Battletoads, who are well aware of evil forces in the galaxy, join forces with Billy and Jimmy Lee from Double Dragon to defend Earth from the deadly ship and its troops. Using a range of special moves you must fight your way through the streets into the heart of the ship and destroy it.

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Average score: 72% (based on 25 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 77 ratings with 1 reviews)

Awesome for Battletoads fans, maybe not so great for Double Dragon fans.

The Good
This is my review for the NES version of Battletoads and Double Dragon, which is more actually a sequel to the original Battletoads, featuring characters from the Double Dragon series (no, this is not a multicart). It's basically a beat-em-up game, with some minigames involved (but much less than in the original Battletoads). This game was developed by Rare, which developed Battletoads, with no significant support from Technos, which developed Double Dragon.

This game is extremely fun to play. It won't get you tired. You basically can play any of the 3 Battletoads, and any of the two Double Dragons, making 5 playable characters in total, which is awesome for a NES game, because most NES action games I played had only one or 2 playable characters.

The gameplay is very, very good. You have to beat a bunch of bad creatures (including humans, robots, and weird monsters) among seven very varied levels, the whole thing happening in a giant spaceship ! The enemies are a lot more varied than in the original Battletoads, because you can beat the same enemy in some different ways (you can "made up" special combos such as headbutt+big kick which is typically quick and fatal if done right). And all this is available with the B button, while the A button is reserved for jumping, unlike in the Double Dragon games where A and B were reserved for different attacks, and both at the same time would jump. Some may like it, some may dislike it.

The graphics of this game are really awesome, some of the best ever made for the NES. They are brilliant, varied and very detailed. There is something just "cool" about them. The sprites feature the very high level of detail of Double Dragon games, and the cartoonish look of Battletoads.

The music of this game is awesome. Catchy and fast-paced, perfect for a gameplay oriented action game like this one.

The Bad
The only real downside of the game is that they got characters from Double Dragon completely wrong (including the Double Dragon themselves, which doesn't look quite as cool anymore, they just lost their Japanese looks and looks American), and most Double Dragon's bosses are nonexisting or misnamed and seriously altered. Even the Battletoads themselves are gotten wrong : In the original Rash is green, Zitz is brown and Pimple is green just like rash, but is bigger (and all 3 have a yellow torso). Here, Rash is still green (unaffected), but Zitz became green with a dark red torso (unlike Rash who has a yellow torso), and Pimple became the same size as others, but brown just like Zitz was. This kind of errors really makes you wonder what Rare was thinking.

Also, the fourth level is the only one where you control a spaceship instead of controlling your characters. It's control was very unhandy, a bit like Solar Jetman, but much worse, and without the gravity.

Double Dragon fans would be disappointed to see so much stuff from Battletoads and so few stuff from Double Dragon. Some factors that made Double Dragon cool are just not present here, especially the fighting style which is 100% ripped from Battletoads, that may annoy some people.

The Bottom Line
Overall, Battletoads and Double Dragon is a very fun game for Battletoads fans, and may be less good for Double Dragon fans. It's not as tedious as the original Battletoads, it's actually completely different, even more fun and original. The graphics and sounds are perfect, and the gameplay is mostly good, but a little something lacks to this game to be really awesome. I'd recommend checking out the NES version of this game, because it's the best version by far.

NES · by Bregalad (937) · 2007


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Credits sources Joshua J. Slone (4656) May 19th, 2007


Double Dragon

Tradewest produced Battletoads/Double Dragon with Rare without Technos Japan's supervision to use the Double Dragon characters in the game. As a result, even though the Battletoads characters were faithful to themselves (considering Rare developed this game), many of the so-called Double Dragon characters are either, misnamed or misrepresented in the game. * A machine-gun wielding boss that resembles Willy, the main bad guy from the original Double Dragon, is named "Roper" in the game, who was a small fry enemy in the series. * A small fry enemy in Stage 5, a fighter who wears a bandanna and throws shuriken, bears a vague resemblance to Williams in Double Dragon II, but his name is "Lopar", which was Roper's name after it was romanized in the instruction manual for the first NES game. * A few other enemies, like the "shadow marine", "doorman of doom" and the "windowman of doom" are described in the manual as Double Dragon enemies, but in reality they never appeared in an actual installment of the series. * The whipwoman Linda makes an appearance in the third stage, but in the manual she is given the fullname of "Linda Lash". The Lash surname has never been used in a Double Dragon and has only appeared again in the bombed live-action Double Dragon film. * And finally, a character by the name of the "Shadow Boss" is described to be the Double Dragons' main nemesis. However, no such character was ever featured in any of the Double Dragon games. The "shadow boss" name was actually Jimmy Lee's mistranslated title in the first NES game, wherein Jimmy was the final boss in the game (a plot twist that wasn't in the original Arcade version and was ignored in subsequent versions and installments Technos made). The "Shadow Boss" in BT/DD bears a vague resemblance to Burnov, the first stage boss from Double Dragon II.

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Game added by Kartanym.

SNES, Genesis added by Satoshi Kunsai.

Additional contributors: Johnny Undaunted, Dan K, Cantillon, Patrick Bregger.

Game added April 8th, 2002. Last modified August 30th, 2023.