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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Technos Japan
Super Double Dragon (SNES) Game
Super Double Dragon (AKA Return of Double Dragon or リターン・オブ・双截龍ダブルドラゴン Ritān Obu Daburu Doragon in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling beat ’em up video game developed by Technos Japan for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It was released in 1992 and is the fourth installment in the Double Dragon video game franchise, after Double Dragon 2 and Double Dragon 3 for the NES.
The player still controls the mainstay characters of the series, Billy and Jimmy. The game is pretty straight-forward as all the player has to do is to defeat all the enemies and beat the boss at the end of each stage. Unlike its previous installments, Super Double Dragon does not have complicated structures and obstacles, enemies with superpowers, and weird storylines.
The moves in the game only consist of movement, punch, kick, jump, and defend. Players can charge moves by filling up the anger meter. But, other than that, it is just straight-up brawling against the enemies that can also do the same moves. The game can be played as a single player or with another one in true cooperative fashion.
Super Double Dragon was one of the first beat ’em up retro games released in the SNES. Because of this, the graphics are nothing fancy. However, the character and enemy sprites are colored and detailed quite well for a game released in 1992. As for the background, it is what you would expect out of a 90’s arcade game.
The music stays true to that of the first Double Dragon game. There are quite a few improvements and remixed versions but these are the same themes from the original one.
Aside from that, the sound effects are the most realistic out of all the previous games of the series. Actions and events in Super Double Dragon sound exactly how it should be in real life – well, at least, in lower quality.
Because of its straightforward and simple gameplay, Super Double Dragon could eventually bore the player because of how repetitive every stage can be. But, it can still be quite fun if you’re just looking for a game that will let you mash buttons to beat people up.