DD II Shrine
Console: Sega Genesis
Number of Players: 2
Release Date: 1992
[Note from the Editor: The Genesis version of Double Dragon is unique in
the sense that its story is completely absurd and makes no sense whatsoever,
even though it's essentially just a port of the arcade version. For
some reason, it tries to copy the unique story of the NES version when there
is no reason to do so. The NES version's story was created because
that game didn't have a two-player co-op mode. So something needed to
be done with Jimmy, otherwise it wouldn't really be "Double" Dragon.
But this game does have a two-player co-op mode.
Anyway, the story is told twice. Once on the back of the box, and
once in the instruction manual. The instruction manual's version of
the story is the more complete of the two, and also the more absurd.
Check it out.]
The story as told on the back of the game's box:
Live the Legend.
Twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee learned to fight before they could walk.
Martial arts and street smarts carved them into the baddest fighting
machines in the big city.
But now Billy is faced with his greatest challenge - to save his girlfriend
Marian from the evil clutches of the mysterious Shadow Boss and the lethal
gang of thugs known as the "Black Warriors."
As a master Ninja you'll punch, head-butt, and high-kick gutter slime into
Knives, whips, baseball bats, rocks, oil drums and dynamite are your
weapons. Rat-infested slums, toxic factories and brutal back alleys
are your combat zones.
It's non-stop, high-voltage action culminating in an epic battle with the
Shadow Boss - Billy's own twin brother Jimmy!
The story as told in the game's instruction manual:
The Double Dragon Story
Twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee learned to fight on the cold, tough
streets of the city. Their expert knowledge of the martial arts,
combined with their street-smarts, has made them both formidable fighting
But then one day Jimmy Lee disappeared, leaving Billy Lee alone to face his
greatest challenge: stopping the mysterious Shadow Boss who has surfaced out
of nowhere and is threatening to take over the city. Knowing that
Billy Lee is his main adversary, the Shadow Boss orders his ruthless gang,
the Black Warriors, to kidnap his girlfriend Marion. Upon luring the
angered Billy Lee into their home turf, the Black Warriors would then be
able to eliminate the one barrier preventing their city-wide conquest.
It is your job to lead Billy Lee (and his friend Jake if two people are
playing) through the hostile territory, using whatever weapons come to hand
- knives, whips, bats, rocks, oil drums, dynamite, or just your hands and
feet - and pursue the gang through the slums, factories, and wooded
outskirts of the city to reach the hideout where a shocking surprise awaits
Billy Lee: the Shadow Boss is really his brother Jimmy Lee!"