Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja

It's Sunday, which means it's time for games, Dudes, Ninjas, laundry and Dragons. Ninja Dragons. Damnit, Dragon Ninjas (I'm still searching for dragons that have ninja abilities, that'd be pretty 'bad'). When I get the chance I peruse the net for game titles that spark an interest. Usually, it is a game that I don't recognize. Like "Liberty or Death" on the Genesis or "Kings Bounty". Not today however. I'm in for Bad Dudes verses the Dragon Ninja on the NES. I remember the game in the arcade simply as Bad Dudes, however, you do fight ninjas so the official title makes it all the more fun. This game as reached a sort of following because of the basic story; the president has been kidnapped by ninjas (I think we can all agree that there was a ninja problem in the '80s). The arcade version states that president "Ronnie" has been kidnapped, btw.

The NES port is barely playable. The flickering is atrocious, but I play on anyway to get to the famous ending. Bad Dudes the arcade game was a satisfying game because, even as a kid pumping quarters in to the cabinet, you can beat it. On the NES port the hit detection is poor and you can't play it two player (which is what made the arcade version fun). I miss the days when this kind of game was acceptable. I credit that to Rambo and Predator movies.

Anyway, find it, play it and have burgers with the president.

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