BAD DUDES VS DRAGON NINJA 1988
Data East’s arcade brawler proved very popular on release. after all, who wouldn’t want to rescue president ronnie and share a burger with him in the game’s hilarious closing credits? in some ways Dragon Ninja feels like a step back for the genre as it lacks the multi-directional movement of games like Double Dragon and has a relatively simplistic move set. There’s no denying that it’s a lot of fun, though thanks to inventive levels (one stage takes place atop a moving truck) a large number of different enemies and some entertaining boss fights, which include a cameo from Karnov, who appeared in his own game the previous year.