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A year after the events of Double Dragon II: The Revenge, the Supreme Black Shadow Sensei and his Black Shadow Warriors lay defeated. Life has returned to normality for Billy Lee who is now running a dojo training students in the field of martial arts. However, one day when Billy is away, the dojo is attacked and Marion is kidnapped. A soothsayer named Hiruko has information on Marion's disappearance: She claims the kidnappers will release Marion in exchange for the three sacred stones of power. Hiruko knows the locations of the stones, but they are located all over the earth.

Billy Lee (and his brother Jimmy in the two player game) will have to travel the globe in five missions stretching from the U.S.A., China, Japan, Italy, and finally to Egypt fighting bad guys in this side-scrolling beat-'em-up. Along the way they'll pick up two more allies named Chin and Ranzou. Players can switch between these four characters as each character has their own life bar and primary weapon (Billy, Jimmy, and Chin use their bare hands while Ranzou uses a sword) and a limited supply secondary weapon (Billy and Jimmy use nunchaku, Chin uses iron claws, and Ranzou uses shurikens). Each character also has basic maneuvers. Billy and Jimmy can use punches, side kicks, cyclone spin kicks, mid-air somersaults, and flying jump kicks to dispatch foes, with Chin and Ranzou having equivalent maneuvers to finish off enemies also. Characters can also pick up weapons like army knives, broken bottles, and sais off the ground and use them to fight with.

While featuring some similarities, Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone features a different story, gameplay, enemies, and level design layouts then this version of the game.


Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones NES The entrance of a castle.
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones NES Japanese intro with different plot. "Billy and Jimmy went on a journey to complete their Sou-Setsu-Ken training."
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones NES Ranzou throws a shuriken to one of the roman fighters.
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones NES Mission 5: Egypt

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Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Screenshot
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Screenshot
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Screenshot
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "双載龍Ⅲ The Rosetta Stone" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A hard as hell fighting beat em up. Just how I like em! NES Mr. Huh (112)

Critic Reviews

Ação Games NES May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
VideoGame NES May, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Player One NES Jun, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Apr, 1991 32 out of 40 80
Play Time NES Dec, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Quebec Gamers NES Dec 02, 2004 7.2 out of 10 72
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Total!! UK Magazine NES Nov, 1992 36 out of 100 36
HonestGamers NES Jun 20, 2013 3 out of 10 30 NES Oct, 2011 D 25


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The Japanese Famicom version came with a manga-style instruction manual.

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