Double Dragon Memories

Mike / May 3rd, 2012

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Description by Mike Matei:
In this Memories episode James reminisces about the Double Dragon franchise. Dealing with jump kicks and his hammer-wielding father!

Comments

  • May 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    man I loved Double Dragon and experienced a lot of what you’re saying here (although I played the ZX Spectrum version), that being said even if I love DD as I used the Speccy my favourite beat’em ups are the Renegade series, Renegade and Target Renegade are specially brilliant (Renegade III is odd as hell, punching dinosaurs). On the Genesis I specially enjoyed Final Fight (and I still play it in my ps3).

  • Squirrel1256

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Pure awesome, Keep up the great work James!

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    May 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Ya I hated those last levels in double dragon 1 and 2. Trying to jump across platforms was annoying. The ones for the Genesis (Sega mega drive) were kinda shitty but at least there were no annoying obstacles.

    Awesome retrospective!

  • 134rry

    May 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Nice flash back man, the first time i played DD was in the arcades and it was awesome, at the time i had a zx spectrum and my friend had the amstrad cpc 464 and i was always jealous of his version as it was in full colour and was a closer conversion of the superior arcade. I now nearly own all the versions of DD for various consoles and computers and still class it as one of my all time favourites today….i mean just listen to the soundtrack! ahhh nostalgia :P

  • xeemo

    May 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    haha “the imposter bimmy” classic.

  • kenyon_13

    May 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    man these games were awsome.. i cant wait till the one on x box live comes out!!

  • Peon

    May 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Any Double Dragon on the NES was highly disappointing when compared to it’s arcade counterpart. Hardware limitations aside, I just didn’t have any fun with the NES version, and back in the day I would gladly go plunk a buck or 2 into the arcade machine rather than waste my time and money with the knockoff. There’s not many arcade machines still around these days, but the emulators abound.

  • fata_morgana_pseudonym

    May 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    What about the SNES version?

  • May 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Double Dragon was a great game… would love to see a modern high graphics remake or re-imagining for the PC. After nintendo and super nintendo I’ve been a pc gamer ever since and never got into the other consoles.

    PC all the way -grin-

  • culwin

    May 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    My parents named me Bimmy.
    THANKS A LOT MOM AND DAD

  • greedo

    May 4, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Never played the original game. I did download for Virtual Console, but I was underwhelmed. (Seriously, why did they hold back your moves until the second level? Never understood that). But I did have the Second game. Man, that was an awesome game. All the moves were available from the jump. I loved the fact that you could put guys in a headlock. The amount of moves that were available were incredible staggering for an 8-bit console.

    My favorite one was the spinning kick. Man, that could clear out a lot of enemies fast. I also loved the weapons(it’s too bad that they disappeared on you after a while). But what I loved most- other than the fact that you could throw guys off ledges and windows- was that you could beat up on your own guy in two player. I had great fun killing my own allies- much to their own consternation. Man, it was fun. It’s too bad that the company that made them went out of business.

  • ihelloway

    May 4, 2012 at 12:50 am

    side scrolling + action action action + balanced life = best combo

  • BillyHW

    May 4, 2012 at 1:06 am

    The biggest disappointment for me was that part 1 was not two-player. The two player cooperative mode defined the original arcade game.

    Frankly, they should have just called the NES version “Dragon” then.

    I don’t know why they couldn’t do it, since in part 2 they managed to make it two-player.

    The whole two-player cooperative mode also made the original arcade ending epic…where brother and brother, who up until that point are fighting together turn on one another.

    BTW, if anyone wants to try out the worst game ever made, try firing up Double Dragon 3 in MAME. It’s so bad you’ll be shocked.

  • Senna4ever

    May 4, 2012 at 2:12 am

    The first arcade game I ever finished was Double Dragon.
    Great game, but the NES versions were horrible…all of them. “Classic” yes, but still crap.

    However Super Double Dragon on the SNES was probably the best version of the game.
    Such variety of moves and level design. Tapping the block just the the right time so you could grab someone’s leg/arm then punch/kick the crap out of them or throw them. Interaction with the scenery, the weapons, etc.
    In terms of side scrolling beat em’ ups Super Double Dragon and Batman Returns were the best.

    Double Dragon on the NES though…nah.

  • vasilis

    May 4, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Double Dragon IV Bimmy RELOADED

  • whitestripe

    May 4, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Well, looks like your prayers for a new double dragon game has been answered. But what can I say?

    Be careful what you wish for because it doesnt look good…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myYb8XA5hHk

  • Al J. Krimson

    May 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Man, Double Dragon III was one of my first games on NES. It’s was awesome, it’s hardly a lot, but awesome! I’m very love this game.
    James, thanks for memories!

  • JJLehto

    May 4, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Classic

  • May 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Which one was it where you could do that foot slap thing where you kicked their faces multiple times…that was a sweet move.

    In dd1 I actually found a trick where you get the bat, and after jumping off the fence you slowly edge your way right and a guy will appear but not come at you, you then move the screen a tiny bit back I think, and basically the guy would disappear and you could swing where he was and get full hearts.

    There’s something awesome about being a part of that age of video games, where obviously unit and system testing standards didn’t exist, and we could exploit all these little bugs. The industry is so big today it’s rare to have that experience, not to mention most games now are cookie cutter movie-esque experiences formatted to please the masses…like movies I suppose.

  • May 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I had the DOS version of DD when I was a kid and it was hard as hell, I couldn’t get past the first stage! (I was a kid,eh) That version had worse graphics, but kept the co-op mode, which is great, but the two players could hit each other so in the end it wasn’t more easy than playing alone. I used to pick 2 players mode and just leave player 2 as an extra target to distract the enemies, not caring if I hit him too.

  • Landofunk

    May 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    One of my childhood memories was watching my mother write out the check to buy ‘Double Dragon’ for me and my older brother. Probably at the time I was so psyched and that’s why I remember it so well. Great f’n game!

  • Soc27cer

    May 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    mine were all about the sega master system, between that and wonder boy 2 and 3, it was the only game worth playing! now let me do my 40 jump kcks!

  • Schloss Ritter

    May 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Double Dragon II is still by far my favorite in the genre.

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    May 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    In Double Drsgon 2 for Sega Mega Drive. Instead of punching the girlfriend … they shoot the shit out of her!

  • night jester

    May 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know ;)

  • fireworka

    May 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    When I was a kid I would get so pissed at this Dragon Ball Z fighting game for the SNES I used to rent that I would often cry angrily and scream at the TV. As my mother was a private teacher and had students in the next room, I can now understand it must have been pretty embarrassing for her to have to come out and scold me for being so loud.

    Also, it seems you lost some serious weight, James. Don’t let the movie-making process get to you, man.

  • lester850

    May 7, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Well, there ARE Double Dragon IV and Double Dragon V.

    Both games suck eyeball.

  • A GaMiNg BrOnY

    May 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I agree with the double dragon 4 idea all the way

  • bieberhole69

    May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Just read all about the AVGN movie on AEG
    http://eteam.aeglive.co.uk/cc?t=14&m=442

    Can’t wait for the movie James

  • RedRocks

    May 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

    OMG. So after watching this, I played it. I have it DL’d on the WII. For the first t ime, I got to the last fucking stage. WELL just like what happened to you, those FUCKING grey bricks kicked my ass.

    I aslo seen in the shitty Game Informer mag this month that one page 86 this was a short article about Double Dragon: Neon coming sometime in the future for PS3/360…plus you being mentioned being there at the Greater Philly Expo Center. I didnt know that…and I live right out of Lancaster, PA. I think Im trying to come up and get you to sign my DVD, my power glove and a picture with you..hence if all that could happen

  • doubledragens

    May 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    The Movie is still looking for extras because of the schedule change due to rain. If and ONLY if you meet the following criteria please send an email to extras@avgnmovie.com that includes your full name, contact info (phone number and email address), and a recent photograph. If you have already received confirmation that you

  • doubledragens

    May 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know
    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know
    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know

  • doubledragens

    May 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know
    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know
    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know
    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know
    Gosh I laughed so hard when you said you threw the game and your dad came in and said, “want a hammer it would be more efficient” hahaha. Reminds me when I was playing mortal kombat on Sega and I got so pissed I started punching a pillow like a lunatic only to have my dad walk by and be like what’s the point of playing a game if you don’t enjoy it? But I did its just frustrating yah know

  • Ben_from_G-town

    May 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Yeah those games were really fun, ya’ gotta’ admit. From what I understand, the last boss is your brother because he’s the one who kidnapped your girlfriend, or something. WHAT A TWIST!

  • theymademedoit

    February 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Have you guys played the turd stained atrocity that is Double Dragon Neon on XBLA/PSN? What a shit load of fuck!

    • Shaq Fu Wizard

      June 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

      you sir, are a horrible human being. double dragon neon is my second favorite beat’em up of all time just barely underneath castle crashers.

  • nicolas bendayan

    September 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    double dragon 2 on the nes was the first game i finished and i never gonna forget that moment :)
    btw there is a new game called “Double Dragon Neon” you should check it out.

  • oscuro

    November 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Its funny how my past matches up to yours. My first nes game ever after mario was double dragon and I loved that game. Beat machine gun guy at my grandmas house with my grandpa watching and it was pretty epic moment.

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