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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 NES Intro
Bad Dudes Amstrad CPC "If you did not let that man join you, how about me?"
Bad Dudes Atari ST Lots of enemies
Bad Dudes Zeebo Stage 1 starts and here comes the very first ninja you have to fight.

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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)
It is so good, that it wraps around, and gets bad Commodore 64 Wurtzly (1092)

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1989 856 out of 1000 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 May, 1989 860 out of 1000 86
Just Games Retro NES Aug 27, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jul, 1989 3.5 out of 5 70
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1989 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 8 out of 12 67
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Aug, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Pixel-Heroes.de ZX Spectrum Aug, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Nov, 1989 20 out of 40 50
Pixel-Heroes.de Amiga Aug, 2009 3 out of 10 30

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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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