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Bad Dudes

Released 1988 · consists of 8 releases.

When the U.S. President has been kidnapped by ninjas, this game dares to ask the question: Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?

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Bad Dudes

First release date 1988
Platform Amiga , Amstrad CPC , Apple II , Atari ST , Commodore 64 , MSX , ZX Spectrum , Nintendo Entertainment System , Arcade , PC , Zeebo , Nintendo Switch
Developer Data East Corporation , Onan Games , Ocean Software Ltd. , Quicksilver Software, Inc.
Publisher Data East Corporation , Imagine Software , Erbe Software, S.A. , G-mode, Inc. , Namco , The Hit Squad , Flying Tiger Entertainment
Genre Action , Brawler , Platformer
Theme Crime , Martial Arts
Franchises Johnny Turbo's Arcade
Aliases Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Bad Dudes Dragon Ninja DragonNinja Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja Bad Dudes vs DragonNinja

Overview

Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja (known in Japan as DragonNinja) and in the NES port as Bad Dudes) is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up platformer developed and released by Data East for arcades in 1988.

A side-scrolling beat-'em-up platformer reminiscent of Sega's Shinobi, Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja puts players control of street brawlers Blade and Striker (the titular "Bad Dudes") as they fight an army of ninjas to rescue President Ronnie from the titular DragonNinja.

The game received ports to numerous consoles and computers in the late '80s, the most notable of which is the Nintendo Entertainment System port (as it was a first-party Data East conversion).

The arcade version of the game later received two ports after Data East's bankruptcy: one for the 2010 Wii compilation Data East Arcade Classics, and a standalone digital release for the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version was released by Flying Tiger Entertainment on April 5, 2018, as part of the Johnny Turbo's Arcade series, and was later included in the compilation Retro Classix Collection #1: Data East on October 1, 2020 (as well as the 2-in-1 Pack with Two Crude).

Gameplay

Stages

Stage Name Description

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The boss is Karnov.

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The boss is a clawed ninja named "Nenail".

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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.

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The boss is a gigantic man named "Animal", who is decidedly un-ninja-like.

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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.

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The boss is Kon Bousai.

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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.

Ports

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.

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Specific release details

Bad Dudes vs DragonNinja
Bad Dudes vs DragonNinja
Platform ZX Spectrum
Region United Kingdom
Developer
Publisher
Release date January 1988
Product code 5 013156 112621
Company code None
Rating
Minimum Players 1
Maximum Players N/A
Resolutions N/A
Sound Systems N/A
Single player Features N/A
Multi player Features N/A
Widescreen Support No
Notes N/A

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