Rampant ninja-related crimes these days, WhiteHouse is not the exception…” (Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja arcade game)


During the  “Clash & Adapt” episode of our podcast (Episode 2, available here) when discussing video games that should be adapted to live-action films, I mentioned the game “Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja“, which sounds like a mouthful, but oh wait until you see what this game is about!!!

I kid you not, this is the actual description from Wikipedia:

The game starts in New York City, where President Ronnie (based on U.S. President Ronald Reagan) has been kidnapped by the nefarious DragonNinja. The game’s intro begins with the following introduction: “Rampant ninja related crimes these days… Whitehouse is not the exception…”. As soon as that occurs, a Secret Service agent (who resembles Arnold Schwarzenegger as he appears in The Terminator) asks two street-smart brawlers, named Blade and Striker: “President Ronnie has been kidnapped by the ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue Ronnie?”. After hearing that, the Bad Dudes pursue the DragonNinja through the city streets, highway, sewers, transport train, forest, cave and into the secret ninja base in order to save President Ronnie.

Oh but wait, it’s not over, wait til you get to the end of the game *SPOILER ALERT* and finally rescue President Ronnie to earn this peach of an ending!!

Horrible English translation aside, this game proved to be a real quarter-muncher in the arcades and was all the rave back in 1988 when it was released. Data East, the developer of this game, also put out the arcade hits Ring King, Karnov, Robocop, Heavy Barrel, and Captain America and the Avengers.

But NONE of them compared to Bad Dudes! I’M BAD!!!

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