Double Dragon is a classic fighting game. Staying closer to the arcade than the NES version, Double Dragon remains the definitive fighter on the SMS. For the most part, the gameplay is good. The enemies are too difficult, though, and will always get in a cheap shot before you knock them down. Also, your punches and kicks just dont seem quite as stable as youd like. Whatever, the game plays fine once you get the hang of the controls. Even better, two-player cooperative mode! The one thing that was ommitted in the NES version is in this port! It plays pretty well, too, except for some flicker.
Marian has been captured by The Black Warriors, and its up to Billy Lee and his brother Jimmy Lee to save her. Theyll travel through 4 are …
…as infested with enemies with nothing better to do than kill them. The story is no different from the coin-op.
The graphics look very detailed and are fairly well animated. There is some flicker, which looks pretty ugly, but its not a big distraction. The game follows the arcade much more faithfully than the NES version. There are some minor changes in the levels, but they mostly resemble the coin-op.
The sound effects are not good, plain and simple. Punches and kicks sound awful, not realistic at all.
Two players at once really increases the replayability. Walking the streets and beating up various bad guys never gets old in one player mode, and its even better with a friend. A few times through may be enough for you, but youll always come back.
Easily the best fighter on the SMS. Even better than the overseas ports of Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 2. The faithful graphics, two players mode, and addictive (but challenging) gameplay keep the game fun even today. Even with the then blockbuster title on the system, it was to little to late to save the SMS. NES was on top, and nothing could change that. The NES version is slightly better, but as it is, this game is a reminder of just how fun the SMS can be.