Wednesday 22 May 2024

Battletoads & Double Dragon – The Ultimate Team (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Tradewest
Released: 1993

Battletoads & Double Dragon – The Ultimate Team is a beat-em-up that was first released on the Nintendo NES in 1993.

+ 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.

+ Well animated cut-scenes hold the story together and are more comprehensive here than the 1993 SNES port.

- 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.

- 16-bit graphical upgrade is decent, but there's nothing here that pushes the console like the 8-bit NES version did.

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