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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.

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Bad Dudes ZX Spectrum The fire boss you come up against can breath fire
Bad Dudes Zeebo A cliché in beat'em ups, the first boss comes back in a different palette.
Bad Dudes Amstrad CPC Stage 7
Bad Dudes DOS The first level boss (CGA)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Bad Dudes" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "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

Nostalgia DOS Robert C (7)
I'm BAD! Infact This is so Bad that it's GOOD! NES Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch Mar 19, 2018 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3.5 out of 5 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1989 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 8 out of 12 67
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 63 out of 100 63
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Mar, 1991 49 out of 100 49
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Pixel-Heroes.de Amiga Aug, 2009 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic NES Jan 01, 2001 D 25

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Trivia

President

The NES port of the game changed "President Ronnie" to simply "the President," possibly due to Nintendo's censorship protocol which restricted political content.

References

  • 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.

Amstrad CPC versions

There were two versions of the game released: for CPC464 and CPC6128. The latter featured additional speech samples and while running from tape the game was loaded in one go.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Wimpiest Hostage in a Video Game (President Bush)
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