Wednesday 22 May 2024

Battletoads & Double Dragon – The Ultimate Team (NES review)

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Tradewest
Released: 1993

Battletoads & Double Dragon – The Ultimate Team is a beat-em-up that was re-released by Retro-bit Publishing in 2022.

+ Level design / gameplay feel cohesive despite tying in two franchises, and the five playable characters add replayability.

+ Reuses some ideas from Battletoads (1991, NES), but new mechanics (e.g. hanging off ledges) expand the formula.

+ Carrying weapons offers you new attacks and combos that are extremely satisfying (and hilarious!) to execute.

+ Graphics push the NES with awesome faux-3D effects, and the beautifully animated cut-scenes link the story together.

- Combat can often feel like pot-luck as to who makes contact when you're attempting to strike an opponent.

- Little grace period of invincibility once you've taken damage, which typically means having your health wiped out.

- Bosses can be spammed with the dash attack, and the Asteroids (1979, Arcade) inspired stage relies on button mashing.

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