Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) Part 1

Mike Matei / September 15th, 2014


  • Wazzafuzza

    September 15, 2014 at 12:03 am

    i love listening to you guys chat about random shit you should do a pre recorded podcast or something

    • September 15, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Commenting for first time ever (these comment sections are usually the more toxic fans…) to say I agree. You guy’s should really do a PODCAST, it would be great!

    • Trinh Nguyen

      September 15, 2014 at 2:49 am

      I think it would be great if James and Mike would stream their games on I would watch/subscribe/donate to that

  • assjack

    September 15, 2014 at 12:13 am


    • diesel

      September 15, 2014 at 5:21 am

      Really?So what??Hey guys great video as always!

    • September 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      It’s almost amusing how people who aren’t even first are still claiming to be first by replying to the equally useless actual first comment. Almost.

    • September 16, 2014 at 8:35 am

      You will never outdo what i achieved, commenting first in the AVGN movie digital release post and on MY BIRTHDAY!

    • punkbikerdude

      September 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      You got FIRST on your birthday? DO TELL.

    • assjack

      September 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Man, am I jealous of Cain. Getting a FIRST on his birthday. He’s so awesome guys. Seriously.

  • Xen11

    September 15, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I love these videos of you guys just hanging out playing video games. It would be awesome if you got into deep philosophy, religion, politics, life, etc. Of course, then you’ll lose a lot of your dumb fans that get easily offended.

    • Jon Jonson

      September 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Why would I want to check out (a site entirely about a guy’s love of video games, movies, cartoons and toys) to suddenly hear them break into a discussion on POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY and/or RELIGION? I think you are missing the point entirely, XEN11. This website is (in a way) about revisiting your childhood (when politics and real world crap weren’t a blip on your radar). It has nothing to do with offending anyone…its the fact that it has NOTHING TO DO with what this site is about. What– do you want them playing “F-Zero” or “Mario Party” and then start pontificating on Obama’s presidency or whether there is hope for world peace? Gimme a break. Hey, maybe the next Marvel’s “Avengers” movie could tackle subjects like IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH or WHAT POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS WOULD A FACTION LIKE S.H.I.E.L.D. HAVE IN THE REAL WORLD? Lord, man… let fun things be FUN.

      • September 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm

        Yeah fuck religion, politics and all that shit!
        They’re having fun and playing games and shit…..all those things don’t say FUN at all.
        Go watch the AVGN bible games if you want some religion shit! :p

      • September 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

        Couldn’t agree with you more Jon Jon. This is one of my few escapes from real life that takes me back to a simpler time. Maybe they can play Dr. Mario next and discuss health care….

    • Pimp With Swag

      September 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Xen11 Do you want a Hurtz Donut?

  • September 15, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Love this game. Just want to make a correction: James mentioned the platform in stage 6 saying, “I always thought from that one you could get to the door, but you can’t. I’ve tried it.” It is possible to do, but you need to make a pixel perfect jump. My success rate for it is about 10-15 percent.

  • Don Skiver

    September 15, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Ah… I was hoping you guys would play Double Dragon Neon together…but Double Dragon 2 is alright too.

  • colt

    September 15, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I always hated that disappearing spike part. I would get to that part and if I lost X amount of lives. I’d go ahead and start it over.

  • bobby brady

    September 15, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Bobby Brady here,, guy in old
    pick up bed in T2 final chase scene?

  • September 15, 2014 at 1:43 am

    “you know who i punched in the face in real life, you” (awkward silence)

  • Tross

    September 15, 2014 at 2:18 am

    How is a helicopter so spacious? That’s retro gaming for you. Actually, this vid makes me want to play something retro myself.

  • DrZaius

    September 15, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Mike gets so ANGRY.

    • cammcal

      September 15, 2014 at 3:06 am

      Mike is like a real life Angry Video Game Nerd. When he fucks up, his natural reactions are hilarious. Check out his video from a couple years back of him playing Castlevania: Blood Moon unscripted or as he called it “Watch Mike suck at Castlevania” –

      • MAMEFan

        September 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

        “I hate this fucking pink thing!”

        “I’ll give you a bloody moon. Eww.”

  • DoctorColossus

    September 15, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Did James get a tribal tattoo on his left arm?!

    • sanchokobe

      September 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Yeah…very un-nerdly of him.

  • Marky Johnson 9/30/82

    September 15, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Man I got this game for nes but it hella glitches now it sucks anyone want to sell a copy.

    • Marky Johnson 9/30/82

      September 15, 2014 at 3:16 am

      This video is so fucking I can actually see more of the game now since my shitty ass fuckin copy of this freezes once I get to te helicopter every fucking gott damn time. I need to buy another copy of this game. This video makes me remember playing Double Dragon II which is the best and only Double Dragon I own. Thanks for playing this awesome game James and Mike. Cant wait until next Monday.

  • Wayne

    September 15, 2014 at 3:14 am

    The look of the characters on Double Dragon II is very similar to the Verses mode on the first Double Dragon for the NES. Double Dragon II has way too many “touchy” jump sections, and too often it seems like pressing the button for Jump at those section never registers. The other problem is getting the special kick moves (Cyclone Kick and High Jump Kick) to actually register. Using a controller with “turbo” (like the NES Advantage) made the “touchy” jumps and special kicks much easier to accomplish, but some people may consider using controllers with turbo cheating. The game is definitely much easier when using two players. If you want an extremely difficult challenge, try winning the game with just one player on the “Supreme Master” mode and without a turbo controller.

    • September 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      No a real challenge is beating the game in 1 player mode on Supreme Master in under 13 minutes.

      • Wayne

        September 18, 2014 at 3:51 am

        Even when I use a controller with turbo buttons, it takes me around 20 minutes to win the game. When using a regular (non-turbo) controller, the special jump kicks get to be way too frustrating because they are not easy to repeatedly pull off.

        Winning the game in under 13 minutes seems nearly impossible and sounds more like something done as a tool-assisted speedrun.

  • September 15, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I’m a big fan, but how are you guys video game nerds questioning why mode B exists? It exists to add more challenge for people who want to up the ante, like all harder game modes.

    • September 15, 2014 at 4:35 am

      and again how you guys beat Batman buy you can’t jump those spikes is beyond ridiculous. Mike is the most frustrating person to watch and listen to play games.

  • September 15, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Wonder if he’ll play Double Dragon III on the NES, I found it pretty fun though it has a glaring issue in 2 of the levels when playing multiplayer (Both players need to jump/fall down a ledge at the same time or else one of the players will die from being outside of the playing field)

    • September 15, 2014 at 5:41 am

      I almost beat the game with my brother back in the day, we got up to the very final boss and had it stun locked (It was insanely Op if you let it perform any attacks) but we eventually fucked up the timing and it quickly ended us.

      My bro stopped playing the NES games a year or so later and now we no longer own a NES :/

      • September 15, 2014 at 5:44 am

        Oh also Double Dragon III gives you essentially 2 extra lives per player in 2 player mode, 4 extra lives in single player mode.

        Each character controls differently, sure, so long as you don’t suck at adapting to their fighting styles their pretty good.

  • September 15, 2014 at 5:52 am

    There’s a 3D remake of Double Dragon II on Xbox, called Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons, you should check it out

  • September 15, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Also Double Dragon III doesn’t have that god awful disappearing platforms stuff in it and DOES allow you to keep enemy weapons for multiple fights!

    It also has better music.

  • Santiago Gonzalez jr

    September 15, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Hear goes nothin’ jump jump splat!! Lol

  • September 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Mike: “Fucking SHIT!”

    • Nintendomaniac

      September 15, 2014 at 8:11 am


  • September 15, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Oh my god AGAIN!!! getting really sick of two part videos… I was really getting into you two play this game then it cuts off way to soon. ugh now i have to wait into next week to see the rest of the episode. on one hand i kinda understand because their are a lot of tv shows that are only 15 minutes and a lot of tv shows have cliff hangers that make you wait into next week so i should be ok with this but it just bugs the crap out of me. I really did love this show but i wish i could have gotten to see both part one and two at the same time so next time you do a two part episode i might just wait into both parts are out and watch them both new back to back but I check cinemassacre like 20 times a day for new videos and watch every single video i can so i might just end up keep watching all your new videos as soon as they come out but that two part thing is kinda lame i think but even still i love all your videos so keep up the great work

    • Lastor

      September 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

      See, kids? That’s what you get for putting out content on a regular basis. People get used to it, so now it only pisses them off. You should stop doing videos altogether. Fuck two-parters. Fuck ten minutes of entertainment.
      You never win with Internet.

  • sanchokobe

    September 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

    “Shit (I fell on the spikes) pickle.”

  • punkbikerdude

    September 15, 2014 at 9:58 am


  • September 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Stupid Atari!! Stupid Mt. Fuji!!

  • piratinflas

    September 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Double Dragon 2 is a good game, but I played the first and the third one a lot, before playing the 2, so when I finally played DD2 I found it very very easy. With only a couple of days to finish it.

    A lot of people does not like the third one so much because it was very hard. But I really like the movements and the other characters.

  • Thifurious

    September 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    That cliffhanger! Haha 🙂

  • Ryan Treadwell

    September 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hope they’re playing on Hard or else they wont play the full game

  • Jeff Parson

    September 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I beat this game in the late 80s great game. I love how u can knee the enemy and he flys across the room! Go luck with the end boss.

  • Dave Harden

    September 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Mike sucks lol

  • Vernon Schaal

    September 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    one of my favorite games, i had it when I was 6 years old back in the early 90s. I just finally beat this game a few days ago, how ironic that your showing now that it took be 23 years to bear it

    • Vernon Schaal

      September 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      It was always stage 6 where i would die, at the last part of the level with the disappearing floors. The day I finally beat that part, I was greeted to level 7, with another hard jumping part. You have a long conveyor belt, going the direction you have to jump in. With a tiny conveyor belt the size of your body you have to land on, then jump to another the same size. It seemed impossible, but I finally got past it after 50 attempts over the months. I eventually found out about the continue passwords for lvl 1-3, 4-6, 7-9.

  • Vernon Schaal

    September 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    the power moves are easy, to spin kick jump, and press action button that your facing just as you reach the peak of your jump. To power uppercut you have to be in a crouching position, so you jump, and right when you land, start pressing the action button that your facing. To do the power knee, you have to be in a crouching position, you jump, and when you land you press both jump buttons fast. You can use both crouching moves when your getting up, when your knocked to the ground.

  • Vernon Schaal

    September 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    to grapple your opponent you walk into to him and press the action button

    • Vernon Schaal

      September 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      while in a grapple, you can press down to elbow him, up to kick him in the air, punch to hit him 3 times, or you can press back to throw him over your shoulder. The best is to do a combo, you can punch him, or elbow him twice before you throw your opponent over your shoulder.

  • ksoto1

    September 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I love how pissed Mike gets when he does bad.. they should get bootsy to play these difficult games with them, he’s always such a badass!

  • September 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I know someone who got messed up by brass knuckles. Not pretty. You really don’t need much strength when using those! I’d agree with the “80’s thing” sentiment if not for the fact it only happened a few years ago.

    But enough about that. Great video, awesome game and I totally love the cliffhanger!

  • MAMEFan

    September 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Those vanishing platforms are a motherfucker, Mike.

  • September 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Haha, this part of the level really sucks! 😀
    I hope you get it done in the next part!

  • Joker83

    September 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    That’s hysterical, I don’t think I’ve ever made it past that screen either. Played this all the time growing up and could usually get as far as the train but sometimes made it to this part too. The problem is the controls aren’t designed for mega man style jumping, so they shouldn’t have included those portions.
    I remember thinking the Helicopter level was really innovative at the time.

  • greedo

    September 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Wow, you guys picked a great game! I LOVED this game as a kid. Absolutely loved it! It was so fun to play. It was very challenging, but it never felt unfair. You always felt like you had a shot at beating the game. As for the vanishing platforms, I hear ya. Especially that last stage you guys were at. Sometimes I would get through it easy, but others it was a really frustrating mess. That part is a killer. And if you lose too many lives you’re pretty much screwed if you want to finish the game.

    Speaking of 2B mode, I loved that one! It was so much fun to mess around with people and beat them up! It’s also a good way to probably ensure victory. Say that you have one life left, and your friend has zero. Then you could take his final life by beating up on him, and then continuing on.

    Sounds a bit psycho, I know. But it was part of the fun. I miss the Double Dragon series. I wish Technos were still around to make it.

  • HighVoltage

    September 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    LMAO! Good Times. Fucking Shit… pickle!

  • AbareKiller

    September 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Sweet, this was always one of my favorite NES games. That screen Mike died on was my nemesis too, and the rest of the game is a blur since I saw it so infrequently. I think I beat it at least once though

  • September 15, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    In mode B you could hit the other player and their lives would be added to yours. Used it when playing single player to have extra lives.
    Platforms are easier to jump if you count, they show up around 2 seconds every time so just jump even though the next one hasn’t shown up. Greetings from Panama!

  • September 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    idk why, but when I watch you play double dragons I kinda wanna play chrono trigger xD

  • Weldin Dunn

    September 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Wow! Seven pages in 1 day! Glad to see this.

  • sirensofsilence

    September 16, 2014 at 1:49 am

    The *other* angry video game nerd!

  • Ace

    September 16, 2014 at 7:12 am

    LOL @ Mike reciting the entire monologue from Dracula by memory!

  • David Knowles

    September 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Really getting sick of people stroking themselves on the comments section on just about every forum and subject. It’s not just here but its like a disease spreading that consists with people leaving remarks that beg a reply in retaliation. I say this once for i kinda don’t like to make comments and this is not one. Just advice to people who maybe offended by immature and thoughtless comments, just ignore it because the replay looks even worse trust me.

  • TigerNightmare

    September 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    No flying knees is disappointing.

  • JamesFan

    September 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Nice Cliffhanger! Or should I say cliff hanger?

  • Todd Skelley

    September 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Great job as usual guys.. Cannot wait for Monster Madness 2014 !

  • September 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Do you know how to perform the jumping knee attack? It is not easy to pull off and a bit random, as you land after jumping the character crouches for a short moment if you jump again at this very moment ( maybe right infront of an enemy)you’ll perform a flying knee that will send the enemy flying

  • Pablo1989

    September 17, 2014 at 6:14 am

    🙂 Ah yes cult classic on my neighborhood, even younger sister of my friend remark music in level 2

    -HEY! Isnt Easy Lover? by Phill Collins and some other guy i forget his name.

  • Pablo1989

    September 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

    BTW Why they put hitting each other?

    🙂 Maybe you dont know James if you beat the crap 2player you gonna get extra life(if i rymenber)

  • September 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Controversial opinion time…I’m actually starting to like these a lot better than the Nerd videos. The nerd character is still funny, but for some reason I enjoy these more now.

  • September 18, 2014 at 5:13 am

    The big guy fought in the helicopter as well in the spikey tunnel looks like Danny Trejo. He really does.

    • tabu

      September 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Im wondering why James is still using this small tv (21′ i think). If i had a basement like him only for games, i would buy some 29 inches sony wega, they are really cheap now.

      • tabu

        September 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

        Sorry, this is not reply for your comment, wrong button.

  • Smeghead420

    September 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Mike…. you suck

  • Pimp With Swag

    September 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I should slap the life out of you Terry !!!

  • skwij

    September 23, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I hate it when beat ’em ups turn into platformers! All three Double Dragon games on the NES pull this crap… Great game, guys! Thanks!

  • Jason Peters

    March 15, 2015 at 2:19 am

    I haven’t really read through all of the comments… but if either of you guys ever play this game again, as someone who played this game in particular extensively as a kid…

    Surely you guys noticed that punching forward or kicking back depended on the direction you were facing. For example, facing right you would punch with B, facing right you would punch with A. The inverse is…. opposite. Weird, but if you’re used to it, it works. Now, when you have an opponent that is beat up enough to appear to be wheezing, moving INTO him makes you grab him by the head and start kneeing him in the face or throw him backwards. Here’s a trick to kill them virtually instantly or severely damage him (if he’s a boss). Press down and A (if facing right) or down and B (if facing left) to elbow them on the back of the head, and Up and A (if facing ) or Up and B (if facing left) to throw them back. If you do a couple of elbows then a throw, they will almost always die. This works for a lot of enemies, even bosses.

    Knowing you can do this drops the difficulty almost in half, thus rendering your anger almost mute. But with enough practice this game is actually kind of easy.

    Dr. Jekyl and My. Hyde…. No. I need therapy because of that game…

  • Aaron1375

    March 22, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Yeah, that level with the disappearing platforms was bullshit. Usually where I met my end as well.

  • Yari Matthews

    June 21, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I don’t know if you look at comments this old but you guys you should try out both the Atari 2600 and 7800 Double Dragon games. Mike is a huge Atari fan so it would be a great experience to see his thoughts on the games!

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