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Description

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.

Screenshots

Bad Dudes Amiga Stage 2
Bad Dudes Zeebo If Duke Nukem isn't bad enough to do it himself, how can I be?
Bad Dudes ZX Spectrum Ninjas are quick
Bad Dudes Zeebo An extra-time power-up. The train wagon brings a reference to another Data East Soviet hero: <moby game="Chelnov: Atomic Runner">Chelnov</moby>.

Promo Images

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

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "龙之忍者" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "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 (1096)

Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Arcade Aug, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Raze NES Jan, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1989 69 out of 100 69
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 63 out of 100 63
Thunderbolt Games NES Jan 12, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 55 out of 100 55
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Nov, 1989 20 out of 40 50
Video Chums Nintendo Switch May 18, 2020 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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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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