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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Technōs Japan
Double Dragon 3: The Sacred Stones (NES)
Double Dragon 3: The Sacred Stones (AKA Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone or ダブルドラゴンⅢ ザ・ロゼッタストーン in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling beat ’em up video game developed by Technōs Japan for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1991. It is the third installment in the Double Dragon Series and the sequel of Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, also launched for the NES. This game was followed by Super Double Dragon (SNES).
The game’s graphics had some noticeable changes compared to its predecessors. The characters are tinier and they feature less details. The animation is less fluid and the backgrounds are not as laid out as those in the previous Double Dragon games. The sound effects, however, are more engaging.
In terms of story line, Double Dragon 3: The Sacred Stones incorporated an almost similar conflict to the plot, where Marion was kidnapped again. And because of this, the Lee brothers, would need to find the three sacred stones of power and deliver them to Marion’s captors. The brothers’ rescue mission would involve visiting to five countries representing the stages in the game.
The Lee brothers, lost some of their moves in this game including the hyper uppercut and the rocket knee. The cyclone kick remained although it is still as hard to execute as it was in the previous Double Dragon games. Also, there are added basic and special moves which enhanced Double Dragon 3: The Sacred Stones combat system.
The game is utterly difficult from start to finish. As a matter of fact, most players die multiple times before they pass through the first room of the game. The enemies have a tendency to mercilessly hit the characters even if they are still down. Life bars drain more quickly in this game thus, entering a room with full health bar does not guarantee survival.
Playing with a partner might be a good idea but Double Dragon 3: The Sacred Stones would just increase the number of enemies on-screen so it is not that helpful. Surviving the first two bosses in the game can make things a little easier as these bosses will join your team after you defeat them. Overall, the game is challenging but its unreasonable difficulty might be the same reason you don’t want to beat the game more than once. Anyway, it’s one of the best classic beat ’em up games!
Double Dragon 3: The Sacred Stones game has been ported to NES (this version), Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Nintendo Game Boy, Sega Genesis, and ZX Spectrum.