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Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Double Dragon II is more than a sequel; it's a genuinely good action game with a solid storyline and a lot of fun street fighting. The controls take a little getting used to, but after a while you can see what the developers were trying to do. My only real complaint is the ludicrous ending, which inexplicably introduces supernatural elements into the franchise. If you can get past that you'll find yet another fun beat-em-up on the Virtual Console. Rating: 78%
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What Is It? Between Mega Man X2, Metal Slug 3 and Monster World IV, this year is all about uploading long-overdue sequels to the Virtual Console. This time around it's Double Dragon II: The Revenge, follow-up to the popular NES brawler (uploaded to the Virtual Console in 2008). Fans of button mashing and non-stop street fighting are in for a treat this with surprisingly solid action game.

Double Dragon II tells the story of Billy and Jimmy, two brothers on an adventure to avenge the senseless murder of Maria. They do this the only way they know how, by taking to the streets and beating everybody up. Unlike the first game, Double Dragon II has a better sense of setting. Not only will you fight in the traditional back alley, but players will also fight in an airplane. The game has you climbing up ladders, walking on 2D paths and even performing platforming challenges.

This sequel offers the one feature gamers had been demanding since playing the original Double Dragon -- two-player support! Double Dragon II: The Revenge offers a number of multiplayer modes, as well as difficulties that actually change the length of the game. Even with limited moves and a short campaign, this 2D brawler proves that love is worth fighting for.

Does It Still Hold Up? Double Dragon II comes with a few controversial design decisions. The big one involves the button layout, which changes depending on which direction the character is standing. Turn one way and the "A" button will punch, turn around and the same button will perform a kick. Beyond the controls, this sequel offers a number of impressive cinemas and at least two fantastic set pieces. The gameplay is solid, except for when the game veers into platformer territory. As a rule 2D platformers shouldn't be in the business of judging precise jumping challenges.

Is It Worth The Money? Double Dragon II is more than a sequel; it's a genuinely good action game with a solid storyline and a lot of fun street fighting. The controls take a little getting used to, but after a while you can see what the developers were trying to do. My only real complaint is the ludicrous ending, which inexplicably introduces supernatural elements into the franchise. If you can get past that you'll find yet another fun beat-em-up on the Virtual Console.
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