Fans of Double Dragon should be over the moon to hear that Extend Mode’s retro-styled brawler Eight Dragons is coming to Switch on 27th May for $7.99. Because that’s four times the dragons which Technōs’ classic scrolling beat-’em-up offered back in the days. Stylistically, it’s actually a throwback to games found on systems like the ZX Spectrum, so there’s certainly a fanbase of enthusiasts out there.
Every good belt-scrolling brawler (of which Switch has a fine selection) needs a cheesy premise behind it: in this one crooked businessman KANE has taken over the city and it’s up to the Eight Dragons to deal with the problem. Can they take it back? We’d say there’s a good chance, yes — you’d be a bit miffed if you finished the game and you hadn’t saved the day.
Using fists, feet and whatever weapons come to hand, you’ll fight your way from one end of this retro city to the other. Each Dragon has a different path, though, and it’s only when they come together that their true destiny is unlocked, as their stories intertwine and the full epic fight is revealed. It’s like Octopath Traveler in beat ’em up form! Maybe. Sorta.
Let’s find out a bit more from the eShop page:
– Up to eight people can play co-operatively on local mode.
– 8 players simultaneously hitting KANE’s henchmen
DIFFERENT WAYS TO PLAY
Each of the Eight Dragons has their own story, with its own route through the city and its own characters to fight on the way. In multiplayer, those stories combine and expand on each other.
If you’re looking for a consistent challenge to improve against, then the Arcade mode will give you that – a fixed path through the game, with MR BIG awaiting you at the final level!
PLAY IT YOUR WAY
With adjustable game speed and difficulty, you can make the game as hard, easy, fast or slow as you like!”
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