Double Dragon 4 Announced! Billy and Jimmy Lee are back!
No one can ignore that Double Dragon was a force to be reckoned with back in the 80's and 90's. The original arcade games are famous for tight controls, weapons, and special moves. This success led to porting the game to almost all platforms available. Everything from the Atari 2600 to the Sega Genesis had some version (good or bad) of Double Dragon to play. Three NES outings and a team up with the Battletoads made for millions of sales for developer Technos Japan, and publisher Tradewest, creating even further adaptations onto Game Boy and other portable systems. The pinnacle in my opinion was Super Double Dragon for the Super Nintendo system which was an excellent beat'em up showcasing some of the advanced graphical capabilities of the Super Nintendo in it's early years. These classic titles became focused on a co-operative mode of play, and this formula stayed successful for years. But then something happened. A little game called Street Fighter II came on the arcade scene, which allowed players to battle each other. In 1994, Double Dragon was transformed into a head-to-head brawler called Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls to capitalize on this new genre and the mediocre animated television series. It continues to get worse from there. The Double Dragon movie starring Robert Patrick, Scott Wolf, and Alyssa Milano was a total flop. And this box office bomb of a movie even was adapted into another fighting game for the Neo-Geo system.
After that, nothing but silence from this once great franchise for a very long time. Finally, in 2003 Double Dragon Advance was released for the Game Boy Advance. This was a reimagination of the original arcade game but featured things from the various sequels along with updated graphics. Double Dragon Neon was released on Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in 2012 with a reasonable asking price of $9.99. The game featured a more modern setting, updated soundtracks, all new levels and story, and the ability to poke fun at the franchise at a whole. But now Double Dragon looks to be back to the core gameplay that made it famous. Arc System Works has purchased the rights to the classic series, and has come up with the first direct sequel in almost 20 years, Double Dragon IV. The game looks to be a hybrid of the first three games, with a heavy focus on Double Dragon II: The Revenge. Co-op is back, and the cast of characters from the 80's and 90's return along with some new adversaries. Not much is known other than the release date is January 30th on PlayStation IV and Steam. Check out the trailer below, and our review later in January.