The legendary arcade classic that introduced gamers to co-op street-brawling action is back and looking better than ever. Team up with a friend or prepare to go it alone, because "Double Dragon" is hitting Xbox LIVE® Arcade Wednesday, May 9, at 9 a.m. GMT (2 a.m. PDT). "Double Dragon," from Empire Interactive Ltd., is a genuine re-creation of the classic coin-op arcade game. For the first time ever, fans of the franchise can play "Double Dragon" online with a friend over Xbox LIVE.1 The game features enhanced art, a new soundtrack and a host of extras. "Double Dragon" is the story of Billy and Jimmy Lee, twin brothers who learned to fight on the cold, tough streets of their city. Their expert knowledge of the ancient martial art of Sou-Setsu-Ken, combined with their streetwise outlook, means that they're two of the most formidable combatants ever to walk the streets. Billy and Jimmy will use their feet, fists, elbows and whatever weapons come to hand to defeat the gang that kidnapped Billy's girlfriend. "Double Dragon" will be available worldwide for 400 Microsoft® Points and is rated E10+ by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, with mild suggestive themes and violence. Game Features The title includes the following: · Two-player co-op multiplayer locally or over Xbox LIVE1 · Special extras such as a look at the original Japanese and U.S. "Double Dragon" sales fliers · Gameplay with either the original graphics or with new high-definition graphics
Perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of the Press Release issued by Empire Interactive was the admission that Double Dragon will be released next Wednesday (May 9th). While there has been much debate about the new look of the enhanced version of the graphics, it seems that soon we'll be able to check it out in full motion.
Another thing to note that this "announcement" was from the developer, not Microsoft. What this means is that while the possibility exists that they are mistaken (wouldn't be the first time that a developer came out with a date that ended up being completely wrong) but also that we could still see yet another title be released along side it.
It seems that Xboxworld.nl, the Dutch Xbox news site has found some interesting tidbits of information about the upcoming XBLA title Double Dragon. These include:
400 points and online co-op? March can't get here soon enough. You can check out the Screen Shots here. Although be warned that the Enhanced Shots take some getting used to if you remember playing the original in the Arcades.
[via Neo-GAF fourms]
After being rumored time and time again, OXM UK is reporting that Double Dragon has just been confirmed to be on the release list for XBLA.
Also in the article, is a very interesting tidbit; the size. If Microsoft already knows that the final size of the program is 12.56MB, wouldn't that mean the port is complete? Could it mean we'll see it this year?
You can check out the whole article here.