In 1987, kids waited hours in arcade lines to become Hammer and Spike to fight to their deaths. The game, inspired by Bruce Lee’s “Enter The Dragon” (1973) and the character Billy Lo in his final film, 1978’s “Game Of Death”, became an instant smash hit. Billy Lo …I mean Lee and brother Jimmy Lee were renamed in the 1988 NES port and shipped to toy stores everywhere. Toys-R-Us reported that Double Dragon (NES) sold out nationwide in just two weeks! Classmates ditched their textbooks for baseball bats and throwing knives, karate kicking off a perfect summer. The screaming success of the Double Dragon trilogy has brought back original director Yoshihisa Kishimoto and his original team (character designer Koji Ogata, composer Kazunaka Yamane, and programmer Kei Oyama) for a fourth installment in the series.
Double Dragon IV is available now at video game stores everywhere.
I absolutely love the Double Dragon series and will be playing 4 tonight. Here’s an excellent history of the series:
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