BattleToads Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team - NES

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BattleToads Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team (NES)
Also for: Game Boy, Sega Megadrive, SNES
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Beat 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Rare Soft. Co.: Rare
Publishers: Tradewest (GB/US/JP)
Released: 1993 (GB)
Unknown (US/JP)


BattleToads/Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team is a Beat'Em Up for the NES developed by Rare. The game teams up characters from the famous series Double Dragon (Billy and Jimmy) and the BattleToads game (Zitz, Pimple and Rash) on a quest to defeat their respective enemies - the Shadow Boss and the Dark Queen.

At the beginning of the game, you must choose to control one (or two if you select a double player game) of the five aforementioned characters. Like other Double Dragon games, you must use your martial arts prowess to beat the living daylights out of every enemy that crosses your path. At the end of each stage, there is a boss (famous characters from both games) that you must defeat in order to reach the next level. For example, the boss of the first stage is Abobo, who will undoubtedly have Double Dragon aficionados wetting their pants. Also, Roper - the boss of the third stage - bears an uncanny resemblance to Willy, the main bad guy with the machine gun in the first Double Dragon game.

The gameplay is fast and fluent, with plenty of enemies to contend with. Controlling the characters in BattleToads/Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team is fairly easy, with the A or B buttons being all you have to press to kick some bottom. The graphics are nothing special, but you must remember this is a NES game after all. The only real downside to the game is the music, which at times feels a little out of place. An unlikely combination on paper, the toads and the dragon types go together really well in this game.