Double Dragon hits XBLA tomorrow

Billy and Jimmy Lee take it to the streets one more time in Empire Interactive's revamped edition of the arcade classic.

"You got 50,000 on Double Dragon?"

That line, uttered by Fred Savage in the 1989 feature film The Wizard, represented a turning point in the movie, the moment when Savage's character recognized his friend and fellow runaway Jimmy was not just a withdrawn and socially awkward head case, but a gaming prodigy capable of besting even the toughest tournament-level competition.

Xbox 360 gamers will be able to see if their skills can measure up to Jimmy's this week, as Microsoft today announced Double Dragon as its Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays release.

An instantly popular beat-'em-up when it was released in 1987, Taito's Double Dragon let two players take the roles of twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee as they cleaned up the mean streets in an effort to rescue Billy's kidnapped girlfriend.

For the game's release on Xbox Live Arcade, Empire Interactive took the original Double Dragon and re-created it with high-definition visuals, new music, and online multiplayer action. The publisher is also including the option to play the game with its original graphics for arcade purists. Rounding out the package are extras like scans of original sales fliers for the arcade game, tips for newcomers, customizable button configurations, and the XBLA-standard leaderboards and achievements.

Double Dragon will be available Wednesday at 2 a.m. Pacific for 400 Microsoft Points ($5). It has been rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older.

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theKSMM
theKSMM

Man, Double Dragon brings back memories. And I have yet to find a version that compares to the old arcade console; I'm hoping this XBOX Live Arcade version does the trick. I'm glad they actually chose to improve the game a bit instead of releasing it "as was." Hopefully that doesn't affect the gameplay negatively at all..

dmastor
dmastor

@ Sonicgod who cares...............to everyone else do ya'll like the game

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

"it was a serious quarter eater. You'd need about $20 just to get through the game" haha... sounds like you had no idea how to play. the first time i played through it in 1988, it took me 2 bucks in quarters. everytime i beat it after that it took a quarter less, up til i was able to do it with only losing a single life. - you don't get enough time on the forest level, so you lose a life because of that!

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

The NES version bites compared to the real arcade machine and you are getting the real aracade machine not any of the ports and or can have the new graphics or old graphics. The arcade does not have the lame leveling up it looks better sounds better. The NES version served it purpose around 1988 and was good then now there is no reason your should not have a improved arcade game and the xbox 360 version is it. the only one version that came close to the Arcade was the SEGa genesis and even it fails, and most of the other ports sucked so bad it was not even double dragon you could not tell.. the snes version was double dragon 4 not even the same game. The Xbox 360 version is the best version of the game The NES was changed so much you might as well call it double dragon 0.5 since it's not even the same game when they got done with it. Contra was brought just fine You are getting the ARcade version on xbox 360 enhanced at home legal for $5 and that is how it play changing Arcade games to slap on tiny town consoles and changing them 100% to make them work was common. So most the time just getting the ARCADE game rom alone is better than the consoles. And if it shows on wii all you will get is the inferior console copy versions from years ago 99% of the time. Double dragon 2 is the rare game that is better on a console than arcade it's the 1%, and there is a version better than NES on The Turbo duo Super CD. But i still have my double dragon 2 games so i dont care.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

I spent so much time playing this game as a kid, I used to be able to finish this game on one credit. I look forward to downloading this piece of nostalgic gold !

Bronson2k3
Bronson2k3

Cool Sega days :lol: Now we need Bad Dudes :)

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Online co-op? Try getting that from a PC ROM or your NES cart.. :lol: Xbox Live Arcade continues to be the online leader of the generation! Go, Wii60!!:D

TheDanwich
TheDanwich

Cant we focus on the new games now a days instead?

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

awesome game. i have the NES cart so don't need to buy again....

niqpere
niqpere

finally brothers that aint brothers kicking butt again

feryl06
feryl06

to be able to play the original or the updated version for $5---now that's something that will satisfy every customer. hope MS keeps it up! that's why XBLA will be better than Nintendo's VC.

XChaosHawKX
XChaosHawKX

my GOD i remember watchin the old TV series and never realized they had a game, Thank u XBOX LIVE this world is truly nothing without u

THEdjnme
THEdjnme

Diablo........ Sony WISHES it had a service that was even half as good as Xbox live!

diablo1000000
diablo1000000

Wish this was coming to the PSN. Oh well... :(

zacksbored
zacksbored

been playin it i always forget that the live arcade versions are the arcade versons not the console version its not the same game as the nes one

n8berman
n8berman

Dreski83...not to mention by buying it from XBLA, it means you're no stealing it!!! But what you listed are definitely more compelling reasons. And for all the people who will likely complain that $5 is too much for a game this old, I got 2 things to say...1) This iteration of the game has "high-definition visuals, new music, and online multiplayer action". That stuff wasn't free to create. 2) Try buying Double Dragon off of ebay. You'll probably pay more than $5 in shipping alone!

Dreski83
Dreski83

some dude was clowning me recently for having a 400 dollar machine and using it for classics that could easily be aquired on some PC emulator. I was speechless cause he had a decent point, but its all about the perks... something he and many others may never understand. I look foward to enjoying some classic beat'em up action on a wireless controller with someone over LiVE, who's wit me?

fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

@blackace...... yes i do remember BAD DUDES!! LOL KUNG FU, KARATE CHAMP, RING KING.........

fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

old school gamers, rejoice!! for our cries for double dragon has been heard!!! back in the NES days this game was like $30 plus or $40 plus....$5 dont sound so bad.

thekey
thekey

O-mazing! How they finally come out with this game now that I have no gamer points.

sherif77
sherif77

I like the idea of having all these games and all, but honestly I feel like we are all getting ripped off here. I mean these games costs them NOTHING to put out for us and they a making a **** load of money from us. The least they can do is let you buy one and get free, I don't know just come up with some reward program. Cause as its stands paying every time for a game that is this old is kinda stupid.

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

if they ever decide to do the third double dragon hopefully they include the typo "bimmy and jimmy" on the opening cinematic hahahaha that was just tooo funny.

zsc4
zsc4

I never really played Double Dragon...I might just consider it, but for some reason doesn't seem likely.

drand54
drand54

YES!!! YES!! One of the funnest games of all time! Kiddies, get to know D & D, it was the $hit!!

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

Thank you! First C&C 3 for 360 and now the release of Double Dragon all in one week. One word, Awesome.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

YAY! It's about time! I've been waiting for this since it was announced.

km1498
km1498

Cant say i was ever an Double Dragon fan but at that price I'm definitely giving it a try.

genes888
genes888

awesome! I'm gonna download it as soon as it hits Aussie shores! hopefully that will be soon. Double Dragon is sick

elliott4271
elliott4271

finally its out ,this is for u so called gamers this game for me ,is one of the games that got me hooked on video games ,if u dont like this game u must be to young to appreciate it so dont talk trash if youre some 15 yr old kid!

DrKill09
DrKill09

Finally! Took em long enough, didn't it?

crithon
crithon

I really wish they just released the GBA 2003 version instead. now that was honestly remaking a classic game while still retaining it's charm and making it new and original. I really don't like the new art. Still multiplayer is considerably bonus and at 5 bucks is really awesome.

blackace
blackace

I never really liked Double Dragon that much. It was a serious quarter eater. You'd need about $20 just to get through the game. The SNES version was close to the original, but not that great. The game was just to repeitive to me. Reminded me of "Bad Dudes" game. Anyone remember that one?

vaejas
vaejas

Doo doo de doo doo de... Doo doo de doo doo de...

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

Double Dragon huh... Sign me in

ImmortalKokujin
ImmortalKokujin

After about a year Xbox Live Arcade hasnt really done anything special. If they could release Marvel vs Capcom or even the Metal Slug Series, I would die a happy gamer.

finaleve
finaleve

Sonicgod > Chances are the Wii will get DD2, which i found a lot more fun. But I swear DD1 had 2 player, in both modes. ImmortalKokujin > The whole point of XBLA is for arcade games. Recreations of the classics as well as the latest arcades and maybe even new ones. I hope its a good recreation, I wasn't too fond of the Contra (I liked the NES version better, much smoother IMO)

juanfraino
juanfraino

It better be as awesome as the original, it better!

manny_stlye
manny_stlye

Is this the game with the mispelled names?!!!

Knightmare_King
Knightmare_King

Question, is this the arcade version or the weird out NES/SNES version that really didn't set teh bar for anything?...but then again neither did the arcade version I guess i didn't like this game back in teh days i was more fan of "Bad dudes" or "DJ BoY"; i'm sorry and no disrespect, but im still playing Castlevania:SoTn on XBL and i doubt i'll get this game...oh well let me know when games like Raystorm or some cool as fighting game shows up on XBL.

ImmortalKokujin
ImmortalKokujin

pfft... we're supposed to be impressed by a 20 year old title? Next gen isnt about hiding behind old games as a diversion for delayed titles. Next gen sucks. We're going to be seeing a lot less games this time around due to the increased budget and complexity of these newer games. All this is at the expense of you real gamers yet you take it lying down.

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

Hey what about the game "Bad Dudes"? I loved that back in the day....... Oh, and to quote my favorite line from The Wizard...... CaliforNIaaaaa, CAAALIFOOORNNNIAAAAAA...... CALIFOOOOOORNIIIIAAAAA!!!! (Those that have seen the movie should know what I am talking about lol)

TehPickle
TehPickle

Glorious news indeed. I totally rofl'ed at the mention of The Wizard at the start of the article. I doth my cap in Brendan Sinclairs general direction.

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

How long has this been on peoples wish list!! finally

acekicka
acekicka

I miss that movie...those were the days...Super Mario 3 on NES, lol...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Ugh, don't mention The Wizard in the same article as Double Dragon. That's just wrong. :)