I love that Chibi look though!
Reminds me of these two gems
What can I say, I also dig this incarnation
Hence why it's difficult to even acknowledge DD3 arcade or DD "V" SNES/Jaguar/Genesis.
mechapop, I’m surprised that you use character design, as the reason why it’s difficult to acknowledge those games. Billy and Jimmy’s designs in DD 3 and V are pretty consistent, with what came before.
Don’t get me wrong – just like you, I find it hard to accept the actual games. And, like you, I quite like the look of the comic incarnations (though I know that a lot of DD fans don’t).
[Humorous sidenote: The Yinyang-like sign of the Double Dragon from the comic (you can see it on Billy’s shoulder) is exactly the same as the sign of the Shadow Warriors
, in the cartoon!]
However, Billy and Jimmy still look like they always have.
DD3 has ugly pixel-work, but Billy and Jimmy have the same design they’ve had in every arcade game. Check out both the Japanese
flyers. In fact, the heroes’ group shot
, from the game’s ending, seems to be based on the DD III Famicom image
you mentioned. Billy’s resemblance is pretty obvious, but take a look at Jimmy and Seimei, too. They’re all in the same place, doing the same thing (Jimmy with the nunchucks, Seimei with the same pose, on the right). Masao is where Ranzou would be, and Roney seems to have missed the boat.
As for DDV, the art style is based on the cartoon, but Billy and Jimmy’s designs are pretty much what they’ve always been, in Nintendo games. The most similar pics are the cover for DDV
, and the cover for Super
. But even if you’re going to look at a completely different style, like the manga artwork on the back cover of Famicom DD II
, the character design is, again, consistent.
The only new thing in DDV (design-wise) is the swords, and since the Double Dragons had already used katanas in DD3, that didn’t bother me. The look in DDV is closer to the original games than the comic look, so I don’t know why you don’t like it – although perhaps I should clarify something:
My introduction to DDV was the SNES cover itself. And it’s a pretty cool cover. I had never heard of the cartoon. I didn’t know it was a tournament fighter. I didn’t even look at the back cover. All I saw was Billy and Jimmy, looking as they did on the Super cover, and what looked like a new final boss, in a big, metal mask (Somehow – I don’t know how – I knew that this wasn’t Burnov).
I thought this was another BEU. The tagline “The Shadow Falls” made me think that this was to be the final, epic showdown, between the Double Dragons and the Shadow Warriors. This would be the last fight, and the Shadow would, finally, fall.
Unfortunately, I was wrong, and the game I envisaged never existed. But, as I’ve said, the character design is consistent, and I still like it.