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Double Dragon Neon: WayForward's reboot shows the 80s never ended

The granddaddy of side-scrolling brawlers has headed down the thrift-store, picked out some garish hypercolor threads, and is ready for another stroll through town, kicking and punching anyone who gets in his way. Double Dragon Neon, a revival of Technos' 1987 tribute to fisticuffs and sibling rivalry, will be coming to PSN and XBLA this summer, publisher Majesco has confirmed (via IGN).

Whereas reboots of its contemporaries have chosen to move with the times (think Metal Gear Solid or Street Fighter), Neon looks to celebrate its birth in the golden years of Van Halen, Ronald Reagan, ninjas and skyrocketing urban crimerates. The colors are loud, the snares are gated, and the inner-city youth are skipping class and packing switchblades. Developer WayForward Technologies has previously performed similar don't-call-it-a-reboot duties for franchises including A Boy and his Blob, Centipede, Bloodrayne and Contra, as well as its current work on Silent Hill: Book of Memories.

Double Dragon Neon is headed for XBLA and PSN this July. Smoky, greasy arcade cabinets and dodgy strangers watching over your shoulder will cost extra (but should be listed as mandatory). For a taste of what the game'll be striving to live up to, here's our loving remembrance of the Game Music of the Day: Double Dragon. Game music of every day, more like.

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9 comments

  • santaclouse37 - April 5, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    YES YES YES YES YES.
  • Poggs - April 5, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    Yeah! WayForward!
  • Joco84 - April 5, 2012 1:48 a.m.

    I think this could easily be ported over to the handhelds
  • b-con - April 5, 2012 12:56 a.m.

    The graphics look hideous. Everyone knows that side-scrollers look better w/ hand drawn sprites. Name ONE side-scroller that looks great in 3D...none. Ok, now name ONE hundred good looking side-scrollers w/ hand drawn sprites. Bet you could. It's suprising too because WayForward does amazing sprite art.
  • onetimebuster - April 4, 2012 10:01 p.m.

    Good old lady punching.
  • shawksta - April 4, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    Ah man Double Dragon, the last time i remember that game was the mash up with Battle Toads. Awesome, but i gotta agree, Wayforward shouldve stuck with 2D considering its one of their best attributes but its not like it looks bad, it looks awesome.
  • BladedFalcon - April 4, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    Hrm... I do love WayForward, but I'm not convinced by the graphical style they went for. I'd have preferred they stuck with the beautiful 2D graphics they used for BloodRayne. I guess I'll keep an eye on it regardless.
  • IceBlueKirby - April 4, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    This is awesome. Double Dragon II and Super Double Dragon are two of my favorite beat 'em ups, and WayForward makes fantastic games, so I know this is going to kick some ass.
  • crispychicken - April 4, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    I've never played Double Dragon, but everything Wayforward does is amazing (especially their DSiWare games), so how can I not buy this?

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