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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 Amstrad CPC Stage 6
Bad Dudes Amstrad CPC An attractive blonde decides to join the army
Bad Dudes NES Title screen
Bad Dudes Zeebo Intro cutscene.

Promo Images

Bad Dudes Screenshot
Bad Dudes Screenshot
Bad Dudes Screenshot
Bad Dudes Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "龙之忍者" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Retro Classix: Bad Dudes" -- Windows title
  • "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
  • "ドラゴンニンジャ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "배드 듀즈" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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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)
It is so good, that it wraps around, and gets bad Commodore 64 Wurtzly (1138)

Critic Reviews

Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum May, 1989 792 out of 1000 79
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3.5 out of 5 70
Tilt NES Sep, 1991 13 out of 20 65
Joystick (German) Atari ST Aug, 1989 6 out of 10 60
Commodore User Arcade Jul, 1988 5 out of 10 50 NES Jan 28, 2018 5 out of 10 50
Power Play Amiga Aug, 1989 47 out of 100 47
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 46 out of 100 46
Video Chums Nintendo Switch May 18, 2020 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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.

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.


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