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A sequel to ‘Bad Dudes’?

- July 14th, 2012

Awhile back, I wrote about how Al Lowe was trying to reboot his 1987 softcore adventure game Leisure Suit Larry on Kickstarter. Now it seems another “classic” title from the ’80s might make a comeback.

Kotaku reports there’s a new Kickstarter campaign to create a sequel to the 1988 beat ‘em up Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja. For those unfamiliar with the two-player Data East title, the plot was this: President Ronnie is kidnapped by a group of ninjas and so two street thugs, Blade and Striker, who may or may not be identical twin brothers, are enlisted to save him. Obviously trying to appeal to fans of Double Dragon, which Taito released the previous year, the game pits you against a slew of ninjas as you make your way through each level (whether it be the sewers, a forest, on top a freight train etc.),  eventually leading to a boss fight. After defeating the final ninja boss and rescuing President Ronnie, (in the U.S. version at least) the three of you have burgers to celebrate.

The proposed sequel picks up 23 years later when the president (presumably Barack Obama this time, or Barackie) has been taken hostage himself by DragonNinja.  And, like before, for some unjustifiable reason,  the only recourse for the country is to hire these now-retired, out-of-shape 40-something street thugs to save the day.


But unlike the Leisure Suit Larry campaign, which managed to raise a fair share of its $655,182 US (its goal was $500,000) in the first few days, Bad Dudes 2 seems like less of a foregone conclusion. Its goal is a more modest $80,000 but so far the campaign has only raised a little over a $1,000. As I write this, there are still 24 days to go, but it’s not off to a good start.

Part of this may be because it almost sounds more like a fan game than a real one. Data East filed for bankruptcy in 2003 so it has nothing to do with the project. Bad Dudes 2 is being developed by Pinstripe Games, whose only other title (also funded by Kickstarter and currently on hold) is something called Jesh:

“Jesh is a 4-player competitive/cooperative action platformer where players take the role of Jesh, an inhuman husk of a man, a living legend of indestructible mass, on a quest to become the ultimate champion of everything, by smashing peoples faces in!”

But Pinstripe does apparently have the licensing rights to develop the Bad Dudes sequel so it might be worth an investment if you’re a fan of the original.

The company is hosting a live stream Q & A at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 15 if you want to find out more about the game.

"Bad Dudes 2" concept art.

"Bad Dudes 2" concept art.

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