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Overview

Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja is a 2-D side scrolling beat 'em up in the same vein as Final Fight, Kung Fu or Double Dragon originally developed and published by Data East for Arcades.

Many ports of the game were released with Ocean developing versions for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, and ZX Spectrum.

Quicksilver Software, Inc. did the porting for the Apple II and DOS version of the game.

The Zeebo game was ported by Onan Games.

Gameplay

Players, as protagonists Blade and Stryker (who were named unironically), can use knives and nunchaku to fight their way through levels, collecting power-ups along the way in the form of soda to refill lost life or clocks to add time. At the end of each level is a boss character.

Stages

Stage NameDescription
Stage 1: The streets of a city
Stage 1: The streets of a city
The boss is Karnov.
Stage 2: On top of a speeding
Stage 2: On top of a speeding "Dudes" truck
The boss is a clawed ninja named "Nenail".
Stage 3: The sewers
Stage 3: The sewers
At this point in the Famicom version of the game, the bosses begin to threaten the player before the beginning of the stage. The boss is a ninja named "Hanzo", a master of creating illusion copies of himself.
Stage 4: A forest
Stage 4: A forest
The boss is a gigantic man named "Animal", who is decidedly un-ninja-like.
Stage 5: A train
Stage 5: A train

Karnov appears again in this stage, recoloured blue in the NES/Famicom version. Amusingly, he also turns blue in the Karnov game when he has been hit once.

The boss is a warrior named "Killer Joe" who wields a claw on the end of a chain.

Stage 6: Caves
Stage 6: Caves
The boss is Kon Bousai.
Stage 7: The Dragon Ninja's HQ
Stage 7: The Dragon Ninja's HQ
All of the earlier bosses are fought a second time, with the finale being against the leader of the Dragon Ninja, coincidentally called "Dragon Ninja" himself, on a helicopter.
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