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Written by  :  Robert C (7)
Written on  :  Oct 02, 2003
Platform  :  DOS

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The Good

At the time when it came out for the NES, I must have been about nine or ten. I was just glad to see it come out for my Nintendo. I'd moved away from the city and couldn't get to the pool hall anymore. The graphics were okay (for their day) and the same goes for the sound. There is even some audio saying: "I'm Bad." But it's poor quality, even for back then. I had fun playing it, despite what it lacks compared to its arcade predecessor.

The Bad

The movement of the enemy, along with the controls in general. It's easy to get killed, because it's choppy. The NES version is also not two players simultaneous, where the arcade is. You also get three lives and that's it.

The Bottom Line

II remember this game. I first played it in 1987: in the arcade, I think it was around that time. It seems like a long time ago now.

I used to live down the street from a pool hall called: The Cadillac. I had a friend who used to take me there to play arcade games, whenever I got good marks in school. We would spend hours playing games. There were times when we would spend upwards of 30 dollars. Out of all the arcade games I used to play, Bad Dudes is one of my all time favourites. It's really a classic (in my opinion) and came out right in the middle of the whole martial arts fascination that carried over from the 70's.

The plot of the game is a simple one:

The Dragon Ninja Clan has kidnapped the President of the United States, and it's your job to rescue him. The game is a fairly simple side-scroller fighting game, where you just kick and punch ninjas. That's pretty much it. The NES version of the game can't hold a candle to the arcade version. At the time that I played it, I found it more difficult the one in the arcade. The game has 6 levels. (I think it does anyway, it's been a while.)