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Category Description User Score
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Critic Reviews

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100 (Oct, 2011)
Double Dragon II may not be the best co-op game on the NES, but it is my favorite co-op game on the NES. Contra may be more intense and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II may bring back more childhood memories, but the hands-on, git-er-done approach of Double Dragon II has always held great appeal for me. Every aspect of the beat-em-up gameplay has improved from the original.
Gaming since 198x (May 06, 2009)
Jouabilité démoniaque, difficulté savamment dosée, ce jeu a-t'il un seul défaut ? Avec ses graphismes magnifiques, ses musiques mémorables et ses sympathiques cut-scenes, difficile de trouver quoi que ce soit à redire à ce monument. Près de vingt ans après sa sortie, ce hit mythique est toujours aussi jouissif et efficace, en coop ou en solo.
NES Archives (May 03, 2008)
Double Dragon II takes the prize as the top Double Dragon game on the NES. That means that it is also one of the very best two-player action games. If you enjoy two-player simultaneous fighting games then this is a must-own. This game easily fits into the top 100 games on the NES.
NES Player (2001)
By far the best Double Dragon game on the NES, the slick controls and great moves and combos will satisfy the martial artist in all of us. Play it. Now.
Player One (Nov, 1990)
Bravo Nintendo pour cette adaptation qui respecte la folie de la version originale, tout en proposant de toutes nouvelles émotions. Décidément, les Double Dragons, ces deux frangins cogneurs, sont probablement les personnages les plus étonnants du monde des jeux vidéos.
1UP! (Dec 30, 2016)
Double Dragon II restera dans les annales comme l'un des nombreux jeux culte de la NES, au même titre que Probotector, Batman, Solstice, Duck Tales, Shadowgate, pour ne citer que des productions d'éditeurs tiers. Et plus le temps passe, plus on l'apprécie encore. Le temps nous permet de le mesurer à ce qui s'est fait depuis en matière de beat'em ups et il offre des joies qu'on n'éprouve pas aussi intensément ailleurs. Il est aussi plus audacieux que ses pairs: ce n'est pas parce que c'est du combat que tout le gameplay doit se résumer à frapper. Le graphisme aura eu beau faire des bonds avec les 16 bits, c'est sur 8 bits, dans les jeux de Technos, que le plaisir des beat'em ups est à son apogée. Simple, direct, durable, moins un plaisir d'arcade qu'un plaisir de consoles. La raison même pour laquelle on les aime.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 28, 2003)
Double Dragon II is great fun and represents a major step forward for the NES series.
Two-player simultaneous mode is present in this version and increases the fun by magnitudes. Whether solo or with a pal, this is one of the best experiences on the system and easy to recommend.
OJGames (Oct 02, 2007)
Ésta entrega de la saga Double Dragon brilla con luz propia. Quizá no sea técnicamente mejor que su homónimo arcade pero en líneas generales es mejor. Cuenta con el doble de fases, tiene modo a dos jugadores, los gráficos se rediseñaron para la ocasión y la historia es tan buena como siempre. Incluso es un buen reto para la gente aficionada a las plataformas. En resumen, un juego muy recomendado que hoy día sigue teniendo esa magia que hace que siga siendo rejugable.
82 (Jan 06, 2006)
Not only did this game pave the way for many a great game, but as a standalone game, Double Dragon II really is quite fun. Quite challenging, fun, and addictive. Great cooperative play is available, even by today’s standards. Fantastic bottomless pits to knock guys into are never in short supply. Good graphics and sound for its time, and there’s also good replay value because of the difficulty modes as well as the co-op mode; I know I spent many fun hours with my brother tearing up the streets of NYC.
Nerdicus Reviews (Jul, 2015)
From a brilliant soundtrack, to much-improved controls, to a difficulty setting that'll make you cry to your mommy and then scream with joy when you finally beat the damn game, DOUBLE DRAGON 2 offers quite a bit for the average NES gamer.
RetroGame Man (Jan 20, 2018)
In summary, this is a great 2D beaten-up that is moderately challenging, incorporates a great multiplayer function, and has numerous platforming sections (some better than others) that makes it stand out among the many beaten-ups on the NES. Off all the Double Dragon games – this is my favourite! It is reasonably priced these days, so if you haven’t already picked it up, I recommend it!
I enjoyed Double Dragon 2 a lot. The new moves and fancier backgrounds do add some depth, and the two-player cooperative function is another welcome enhancement over the original NES Double Dragon. In the end, it's just more Double Dragon, but as a DD fan, I'm more than satisfied.
HonestGamers (Jun 20, 2013)
Double Dragon II is the quintessential example of what a video game sequel should be. It improves on the original in nearly every way, and continually adds new gameplay elements to the mix. The platforming sections remain problematic, and the controls take some getting used to, but once these things have been mastered, Double Dragon II stands as one of the best beat ‘em up games ever released for a home console.
Lens of Truth (May 21, 2011)
Double Dragon 2 is better then its predecessor in almost every category. It has sharper graphics, 2 Player simultaneous play, more enemies, a better variety of stages, and of course more weapons. Is it a perfect game? Not even close. There’s way too many glitches and not having a single continue (beside the use of a code) is really annoying. However, in the fairly large library of NES side scrolling beat’em ups, Double Dragon II stands out as one of the best.
Mean Machines (Oct, 1990)
I found double Dragon II good fun, with plenty of interesting opponents and fast action. However it is very similar to the first Double Dragon and gives the impression of just following straight from the latter. The scrolling is often poor and flickery but the sprites are well animated. There's no doubt that this game will sell by the lorryload, and why not - its a great game that deserves to do well, and will keep you coming back even when you've finished it. Well worth a look at least.
VideoGame (Mar, 1991)
Billy e Jimmy Lee, dois irmãos, lutam juntos para resgatar Marian, uma amiga. Ela foi seqüestrada pelo maléfico Shadow Boss. Depois de vencê-lo, ao fim de 9 fases, os dois irmãos lutarão entre si para disputar o amor de Marian. Mas isso só no caso de dois jogadores. Se apenas um estiver jogando (Billy), basta vencer o chefe.
Power Play (Oct, 1990)
Auch wenn es nicht meiner Moralvorstellung entspricht: Bei Double Dragon II macht es Spaß, stundenlang Sprites über den Bildschirm zu prügeln. Obwohl Helden und Bösewichte nicht besonders groß geraten sind, wurden Mienenspiel und Bewegung der Figuren beim Austeilen und Einstecken der diversen Schläge wirklich witzig animiert. Der gesamte Aufbau des Spieles mit Intro, den neun vollkommen unterschiedlich großen Levels und den Zwischengrafiken und -texten trägt weiterhin zur guten Atmosphäre bei. Daran kann auch die abgelutschte und brutale Spielidee nicht viel ändern.
The gameplay is still solid, but sequels should improve on the original, and DDII doesn't do that. It's not a bad game, just a major disappointment considering the classic status of the first game in the series. Double Dragon fans will be pleased with the majority of the game, but shun the platforming elements that should've been left on the development table.
Man kann dem Game einen gewissen Unterhaltungswert nicht absprechen, doch da der Spielablauf recht eintönig gerät und unterschiedliche Taktiken nicht gefragt sind, hält der „Spaß“ nicht lange vor. Und trotzdem: Unter rein technischen Aspekten ist das Game sauber vom Automaten rübergezogen worden, das Scrolling flüssig, die Grafik angemessen. Aber kaufen...?