Bad Dudes vs DragonNinja GA-HQ Beat'em Up Tribute

 Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja is the currently oldest game which was claimed by an artist for our beat’em up tribute. It was developed by the now defunct Data East and released in 1988 for the arcades like the most games at that time.

The game was a popular hit there and was ported to multiple platforms including the NES, the Amiga and it even got a DOS version among other platforms. Its last release was as a part of the Data East Collection for the Nintendo Wii in 2010

Like in many video games of the eighties, the story is relative simple and about the “Bad Dudes” Blade and Stryker who are fighting the “DragonNinja” clan to rescue the president “Ronnie who was abducted by the DragonNinja before.

Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja has one of the funniest endings ever seen in a beat’em up least in the American/Western versions of the game. Blade and Stryker are eating burgers with the President (a gift by him!) while he gives them a statue in the Japanese version.

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Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja Title Screen (Arcade) 
Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja Arcade Cabinet

Bad Dudes vs DragonNinja has eight stages and is playable for 1 or 2 players and an early beat’em up without the option to move in the fore or background.

Blade and Stryker can jump, kick and punch, have a few different attacks like spinkicks and also one strong punch which can defeat all normal enemies in front of the player.

Like in later games the protagonists can also get extra weapons like knives and nunchakus. Other power ups recharge life or add time to the counter.

Every stage has a boss including Karnov, an antagonist who appears in multiple Data East games of that time.

The game made appearances in movies and the British band LostProphets actually named a song “Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja”

Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja Title Screenshot


About our illustration of Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja and the artist behind it

Blackorb00 is one of the artists in the Game-Art-HQ / Fighting-Games-Elite Community who participated in multiple art tributes from us already. This illustration is his currently latest one, if you like his art, please either visit his dA gallery and/or check the art by him featured on Game-Art-HQ!

He wrote the following about his submission:

“R U a bad enough dude?

The guys who risked their lives for a cheap cheeseburger, and RESCUED president Ronnie from the evil Ninja organization with nothing but a bad attitude and a bunch of steroids.

lots of fun drawing/painting this, totally brought me back to better times.”

Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja Marquee

Screenshot Gallery of Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja

Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja Title Screen

Title Screen

Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja vs Karnov Screenshot

vs. Karnov

Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja  Train Stage Screenshot

Train Stage

Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja Ending Screenshot

Burger Time


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