Double Dragon 2 review - Nintendo Gameboy
Unfortunately this sequel was far, far too similar to its predecessor to make any sort of impact. It also looked very dated, especially since beat 'em ups had evolved a long way even in that short space of time.
GAME: Like the original, only this time Billy and Jimmy's pal is dead and it's vengeance they're after.
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Even better than the original, with better graphics, sound and gameplay all conspiring to provide the best beat 'em up challenge yet seen on the Gameboy! There's little else to say, really, except that if you're a fan of combat games, this is an essential purchase.
Rather than lavish praise for this conversion of Double Dragon 2 on the Gameboy, I found myself loathing this game. Why? I hear you ask, the reasons are purely on the fact that this is nothing more than a western gloss of a Japanese game (Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantou-hen). I actually recall playing this Japanese gem version of a game by accident but I instantly fell in love with it, not putting it down until I cracked it (completing it rather than damaging it deliberately). By the time I got round to playing the "western version", I was not only disappointed (as I was a DD fan) but also a bit cheated as this was a mere lazy port of a already good game and not a stripped down arcade classic - unlike DD1.
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