Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja (Arcade)
200x100 GFX Company: Data East
Genre: Beat-em-up
Released: USA: 1988
From the game's attract mode
RAMPANT NINJA RELATED CRIMES THESE DAYS.. WHITEHOUSE IS NOT THE EXCEPTION...
From the game's intro
PRESIDENT RONNIE HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED BY THE NINJAS.

ARE YOU A BAD ENOUGH DUDE TO RESCUE RONNIE?
This Data East beat-em-up stars two brawlers who are on a mission to rescue the President of the United States from a group of evil ninja terrorists. While the game is definitely a beat-em-up due to it's focus on combat, the playfield is usually made of multiple, flat platforms like Altered Beast, instead of the isometric grounds seen in Renegade and Double Dragon. Heroic agents Blade and Striker have the same moves with punch and kick buttons that deal out an attack chain when rapidly wailing on ninjas and a jump button that also lets you switch platforms when you hold up while jumping. You also get vertical and forward jumpkicks, low attacks to get rid of smaller enemies and obstacles. This game has a bit of platformer in its blood as you can crouch to duck projectiles, pick up items and attack smaller enemies or obstacles. One less obvious special attack is the ability to hold down the punch button to charge up your chi power to deliver a super-punch that knocks off a nice amount of damage. Another is that, much like IREM's Kung-Fu Master, quick players can turn around in mid-attack and hit enemies on either side, a useful skill due to the way enemies will attack the hero in swarms from both sides. Pressing back then attack quickly afterwards will trigger a special back attack to anyone behind him, useful since it's faster than turning around and attacking normally. Some of the red ninja will drop their weapons that you can use like nunchaku and sai. Clearing a stage while holding a weapon means that you'll have that weapon at the start of the following stage. Say what you will about those Bad Dudes, but at least they're smart enough to keep carrying those weapons as long as they can instead of dropping them just because of a scene change.

This game has one of Data East's most blatant cameos from Karnov, right down his logo appearing in a sign in the first level and the BGM from his old game serves as his boss battle music.

According to flyer for the original Japanese version of the game, Dragonninja, the game takes place in 19XX.

Notes: the Blade and Striker names appear in the NES port. The villain names come from the ending credits in the Dragonninja version of the game

sources: Japanese flyer: AFA.
Player Characters:
Blade Striker
Enemy Characters:
Akaikage (Bad Dudes) Animal (Bad Dudes) Demon Pole (Bad Dudes) Dragon Ninja (Bad Dudes) Karnov Iron
Screenshots:
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Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja start screen
One of the most quoted intro screens in video game history.
Other Versions of the Game:
Bad Dudes (NES)
ScrollBoss Secton Links:
Sprites - Bad Dudes arcade sprites and graphics
Minus World - Karnov appears in the 'Could Be Cameo' feature
Custom Sprites - Bad Dudes section of Data East custom sprite page
Mini Logos - Custom minilogos for the characters
Logos - Bad Dudes and Dragonninja


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