When Double Dragon Advance came out at the end of 2003, it had been nearly nine years since the last new game in the series. Contextualizing the timeframe, Double Dragon pretty much crashed and burned during the mid-1990s, after a saturation of questionable releases flooded the market in succession; the "super hero" cartoon series, the awful fighting game based on the cartoon, and the live-action movie didn't help the franchise's image. After the original creators, Technos, released their own Double Dragon fighting game in 1995, the company shortly shut down a year later, and the series was pretty much considered dead at that point. To say that Advance's appearance on the Game Boy Advance was seen as a hopeful comeback would be quite the understatement.
You know what's crazier than the nine year gap? It took 20 years for this game to see release on another platform.
So what's special about this once-exclusive GBA title? Well... it's a remake of the original Double Dragon.
Once more, you gain control of Billy and Jimmy Lee in their neverending quest to rescue the kidnapped Marian from the fearless Shadow Warriors gang. Emerging from their garage within the city, the brothers roam the streets littered with the usual suspects to pummel, whether it's men in wifebeater shirts, whip-wielding women wearing tight spandex outfits, or the Hulked-out Kool-Aid Man impersonator Abobo who loves bursting through walls. As one of the two brothers, or both with a friend in co-op play, you'll use their martial arts skills to punch and kick your way to the gang's fortress. The original arcade title has a surprising array of moves to perform, such as a backwards elbow for sneak attacks, a jump kick, and even grapples, all of which have carried over to this version.
Community review by dementedhut (February 05, 2024)
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