Hold on to your butts -- Double Dragon is coming to the App Store. Publisher Aksys Games just gave us a heads-up about Double Dragon iPhone, which is an enhanced remake of the original arcade joint that’ll feature new sprites, new animations, new enemies, new attacks, and even some extra special hidden goodies, all brand new to the game. The best part? It'll hit later this March.

Brizo Interactive, the team who handled Double Dragon for the Brazillian launch of the Zeebo, is developing this port. And while I’ve got zero experience with the Zeebo port, I’d imagine these dudes, at the very least, know their Double Dragon by now. (If anyone reading actually owns a Zeebo and has played Double Dragon on it, we'd love to hear about it.)

Control is the first thing that jumps to my mind when I think about the brawlers of another age coming to our new-fangled handhelds, but Aksys insists that the change of control won’t be an issue due to Double Dragon’s device-specific combo system that will accompany an in-game controller. Also, you’ll want to grab a pal -- Bluetooth co-op is confirmed. Neat!

Note: We're still digging around for assets. What you see above is just another port of the game, not this specific version. We'll either update this story when we get screens or video, or write up a new post depending on the timing.

Update 1: Here's a video of Double Dragon for the Zeboo:

Again, we're not sure how closely this will resemble the iPhone version, but it's interesting none the less.

Update 2: Here's the official trailer for the iPhone game:

We're not really sure what to make of this, as the controls look to be in line with what we've seen from Sega and other ports of classic games originally designed for a physical control. Regardless, we can't wait to give it a try.

  • metalcasket

    Gonna be a slow month. =( Awesome news!

  • deadcobain

    OMG... I just f**king passed out :-O

    Sorry for the ** comment ;-)

  • Bruno

    Hi guys,

    I tried Double Dragon (Zeebo version or port, I do not know what exactly should I call it) in one store when they were promoting the platform.

    While I did not spend much time with the game (went through the first stage), it felt very honest. The best comparison is Streets of Rage and Golden Axe for iOS. In other words, you know that it is a port, it feels like a port, and even tough, you kind of like it.

    The controls were pretty good, with the expected delay from any port or emulator, but with one big difference: Zeebo has controllers, so the tactile feeling that is most wanted for those type of games were there.

    Cheers,

    Bruno

  • Anonymous

    I'd much rather have a River City Ransom remake... But I'll take it.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    The art style is awesome. New and fresh but still feels like the old games. I'm ready to delete Streets of Rage now... haha

    • Gawkeremailgawkeremail

      Ugh... I loved double dragon as a kid, but looking at that CID was like pulling teeth. If you're going to enhance the game, how about adding some modern gaming conventions. I was just waiting for the juggle after those uppercuts. The players walking speed, and knockdown recovery were as slow as molasses. I'd prefer a picture perfect port, or a totally enhanced remake. The above zeebo vid looks somewhere in between. Hope the iOS version isn't a carbon copy of the above.

      • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

        Looks like the update vid is different than the initial one, and I'm not too hot on that damn controller UI taking up half the screen. Guess we'll just have to wait and see if a lite version comes out to try...

      • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

        Looks like the update vid is different than the initial one, and I'm not too hot on that damn controller UI taking up half the screen. Guess we'll just have to wait and see if a lite version comes out to try...

      • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

        Looks like the update vid is different than the initial one, and I'm not too hot on that damn controller UI taking up half the screen. Guess we'll just have to wait and see if a lite version comes out to try...

  • Freeway82

    Looks like crap with disgusting interface. Gaming has evolved and this nostalgia thing is just another way to say milking. Give me more games like Dead Space iOS and Battleheart. Oh and before you all go hercules on me, i am an early eighties kid, who has played them all, from atari to SNES, so your criticism would be invalid and irrelevant.

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  • Chickdigger802

    hit detection looks off. Animations also looks kinda meh.

    Looks like one of those newground flash games -.-"

  • Acidbottle

    why cant they just port the near perfect arcade game instead of rehashing it .. looks bloody crap!

  • Acidbottle

    why cant they just port the near perfect arcade game instead of rehashing it .. looks bloody crap!

    • Ouisch

      Agreed 100%. I hate to sound like an old curmudgeon, but I'd far rather pay an arcade perfect port of the original Double Dragon than this.

      The sad thing is, it looks like they spent a lot of time and effort updating/re-thinking things and trying to keep it true to its roots, and to be honest all that time spent has made it far less appealing to me.

  • Acidbottle

    why cant they just port the near perfect arcade game instead of rehashing it .. looks bloody crap!

  • Whycanttheyjust

    Why can't they just do a remake of the Nintendo version of Double Dragon 1 and 2... those were hands down the best Double Dragon games ever... better than the arcade DDs, better than the Sega DD...

    • loempiavreter

      No Double Dragon Advance was the best, not only in the Double Dragon series but one of the top ranking Beat 'em ups overall (if your willing to invest in a gameboy player for the gamecube, 2x GBA link cables and 2 copies of Double Dragon Advance, to enlarge the experience). The most refined fighting system the series had to date as well as the best flow and pacing throughout the stages, that's why DDadvance takes the top in the series.

      Well everyone is ofcourse entitled to their opinion, on the technical level of gameplay DDadvance takes the cake.

  • Uberarcade

    Looks bad to me. Either do the arcade version or don't bother.

  • CodeRed

    WiFi Multiplayer!

  • Aeroflux

    Will someone please come out with a real controller already?!?!? Double Dragon would be great with something real...touch screen controls suck the big kahuna. I already have a BT keyboard for typing, a showwx+ for display, and BT headset for talking...what's with the aversion to an honest controller for retro games?

    It's like the ghost of Microsoft's anti-mouse campaign is haunting Apple's headquarters...It's all computers folks. If you honestly think touch can amount to a real controller then try driving a car with a touch controlled brake, accelerator and steering wheel.

    • Carl

      There already is one... but it costs $80.

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      That's a nice fluffy thought at first, but it's all too complicated to pull off for the masses on the current setup (which is first and foremost a phone). If you want a gamepad, play your Xbox.

  • MetalHeaded

    This looks shocking, they should've just ported the original.

  • Anonymous

    I'd buy that for a dollar.

  • Niros

    Looks nice, although a little sluggish...
    With all those terrible ports I'm just hoping this one will come out ok.

  • Chumbake

    The best part of Double Dragon was earning the new moves. Being able to knee someone in the face repeatedly and then getting the elbow move. That was the best.
    Glad to see multiplayer. That's what made Double Dragon one of the best back in the arcade!

  • an ah mean biznis muthafuka

    WTF?! Controls take up half the screen! Why not just port the original?!