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Double Dragon (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Even in the arcades, Double Dragon has always been a shallow experience. This Game Boy port gets the job done, but yet doesn't feel complete enough to fully recommend. I was impressed by the graphics and level designs in this high quality port, however that wasn't enough to make me forget about the mission two-player co-op mode. Rating: 40%
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What Is It? By now you know the story: An evil gang kidnaps Billy's girlfriend and it's up to you to get her back. In order to do this you walk from left to right beating up everybody that gets in your way. This 1987 arcade hit has not only been ported to dozens of game systems, but it also spawned an entire generation of side-scrolling brawlers. This black and white version retains most of what made the arcade game so memorable. Unfortunately, players lose out on the two-player mode, an important component to the success of the arcade game. Still, the good looking graphics and mostly accurate level designs make this an above average action game.

Does It Still Hold Up? The graphics aren't quite up to the arcade level, though they look pretty good given the Game Boy's limitations. Unfortunately the game's controls don't feel nearly as solid, with floaty jumping and moves that are sometimes difficult to perform. There is a versus mode for head-to-head combat, but it's not the kind of thing you play more than once.

Is It Worth The Money? Even in the arcades, Double Dragon has always been a shallow experience. This Game Boy port gets the job done, but yet doesn't feel complete enough to fully recommend. I was impressed by the graphics and level designs in this high quality port, however that wasn't enough to make me forget about the mission two-player co-op mode. While the price is certainly cheap enough, you should definitely know what you're getting yourself in for with Double Dragon on the Game Boy.
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