One of the all-time classic beat 'em ups is officially heading to iOS this year with Double Dragon Trilogy, developer DotEmu has just announced. The package will include three full games: the original Double Dragon, Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. The games will feature an "Arcade" mode where you're tasked with completing the game from beginning to end in one shot, or a "Story" mode where you can unlock each stage as you complete it. There will also be three difficulty modes: one tailored specifically for smartphones, the original arcade difficulty, and a new "expert" mode. Check out the trailer.

More features include Game Center leaderboards and achievements, local co-op mode via Bluetooth, choice between a remastered soundtrack and the original, and support for gamepads (and official iOS 7 controllers, whenever the heck those show up). If I had to choose one developer to handle the ports of these arcade classics, it would be DotEmu hands-down. They have done masterful work bringing other arcade classics to iOS so I'm stoked that they're at the helm here.

Interestingly, you may remember back in 2011 when another official "remake" of Double Dragon hit the App Store, and it was actually quite good. That version was handled by different developers, and was based on a version of the game from the obscure Zeebo platform, but it was still quite fun. I'm not sure what will become of that version of Double Dragon, or if the two games can simply live in harmony. We'll see.

Double Dragon Trilogy is set to release by the end of the year.

  • metalcasket

    This is the greatest news in the history of news EVER!

    • sivad

      Today has been the happiest I've been in a while upon reading this.... Original double dragon.... I'm all in!!! I will pay whatever amount

  • Eseres

    YEAAAAAAAAAH!!! I used to love DD back in the days :) I don't even know how much money i spent playing it in the arcade hall LOL! Its a total mystery why no one didn't do a remake of this exellent classic. Can't wait for its release!

  • anabolicMike

    I'm guessing this Dot-emu does not do freemium? If so I'm buying it. If it turns EA then no I will not be

  • carlosalba

    Love these! But bring me Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team and my life will be complete!! Bring it!

  • ocehcap

    Greatest news ever! Christmas just got better.

  • Deixa

    Looks rubbish. What happened to the old school game boy version they were suppose to be porting?

    • sivad

      I will disregard your comments, only because I'm still happy for this port. Video looks awesome to me

  • SirNotAppearing

    Ah, DD3. I played that on my 286 (with a turbo button!) There was a brief bit of nudity in there, I seem to remember. I doubt that has survived the update though :)

  • Alexythimia23

    Sorry but for me as a gamer rereleasing old 8 bit classics is just recycling old junk just to get some golden oldies to feel some nostalgia is just an easy way to get money, damnit do something new!! There is too much of this when there are so many better games they can release as far as old games go, sorry but after kotor and xcom i just would expect things to get better but the same repetitive games are being churned out, oh well maybe im just a minority who wants better??

    • vulcanologist5370

      What "better games they can release as far as old games go" would you suggest they work on?

      Your post would seem a little more on target if iOS was exclusively a retro games platform. Last I checked, new stuff outweighed "old 8 bit classics" by quite a bit. I rarely see old (5 years or older seems like a fair definition of "old") PC, arcade, or console ports in the Top 25.

      • Alexythimia23

        I think you should check a little further, as there are tons of old classics regurgitated for the sake of a quick cash in, ios games should be moving forward and you might not like MY opinion, but for me and probably alot of other people, were sick of the dime a dozen repetitive games, as if they want to bring old games back look to port someconsole games, there are plenty that can be implemented but seems like it gets ignored for games with some pretty shallow gameplay for todays standard. ( personally would love to see a silent hill port origins or shattered memories or maybe some ninja gaiden if any developers are listening lol)

      • 7lilwhitewolf7

        Try thread 'Games you would like to see ported to ios

      • vulcanologist5370

        I never said anything about liking or not liking your opinion—I just don't see 8 bit classics falling off trees while nothing new ever comes to iOS. Now, if you're talking about retro-inspired games or modernized clones of old games, I agree that there's more of that, but then you're casting a pretty wide net. Probably quite a bit of what you like was influenced by the "old" stuff.

        My understanding from your post was that you find "old 8 bit games" to be the issue, and I don't see the ratio of ports of old games to new ones being crazy-skewed, if we're just talking about ports. Besides, if it's likely to make money, it will get made and probably appreciated.

        I'm with you on Ninja Gaiden.

  • SuperDanX

    This is what I want, and this is who I want doing it :)

  • PresidentZer0

    I expect Mfi controller support. No, I demand!

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    Niiiiiiiice. The closest one i could have the most fun wit was pulled last week. ThnX for the memories Brawl Studios.

  • CharleneLam8

    This is music to my... Err, Eyes! One of the games I have waited longest for, on iOS. If they somehow got a Castlevania game released too my life would be complete!

    Looking forward to beating these now I have skills (last time I played I was about 10 and failed miserably!

  • Dave West

    Will it be possible to transfer progress from iOS to Android?

  • Di Hoc Roi

    Looks really great!

  • curtisrshideler

    Is anyone else bummed to see Double Dragon in revamped graphics instead of the original 8-bit NES graphics?! If you're porting a game, shouldn't it have at least the option to play through the game in its original pixel graphics?

    • vulcanologist5370

      I think those are the arcade versions' graphics, but I'm not sure.

  • Inaba-kun

    I'd sooner have a port of the recent 80s-tastic Double Dragon Neon. That game was a lot of fun.

    • 7lilwhitewolf7

      I 4got about Neon. My jvc monsta juz reminded me i hav bn feeding it to many cassetts lately 7 would like to chomp on sum cds 7 tasty vynal.

      • Inaba-kun

        Sorry to appear facetious, but I can't understand what you have written. Please try using English in future.

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      • Inaba-kun

        It's rather sad that you took the time to type that. You might want to consider growing up, and paying attention at school.

      • 7lilwhitewolf7

        Nope. Sad to you. not 2 me. Itz fun to me the way i write 7 think.i was taught at a very early age to read 7 write.keep forgetting that this aint the place that im use to being praised for the way i think, interact, type, 7 have fun on. Boring!!!!!!! 7 who you tellin to grow up! "With this HIP HOP 7 .video gaming. i will never grow old"- Declaime. I need 2 go find that thread on reading bout games more than playing em. Have fun. l8tr

      • 7lilwhitewolf7

        Thanking you for reminding us of a very nice DD edition. My JVC stereo keeps eating my cassets so that reminded me of Neon. Sorry i dissd your "please".

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    Ok long ago a mag gav DD on GBA a cool 9 out of 10. I didnt understand it. With new modes, weapons, 7 moves, i thought it should have recived a +12. @ the arcades the infamous bridge of double falling stuck its hands in my pockets taking my quarters 7 tokens while i wuz still playing! Wit DDAdvance new run 7 jump inclusion NOT ANY MORE!!!

  • makaGeorge

    Does it support icade?