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NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge

  • Platform: NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Abbreviation: DD2
  • Display name: Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Goodtools name: Double Dragon 2 - The Revenge
  • Game resources: GameResources/NES/DoubleDragon2
  • In group: Double Dragon

Total movies: 2


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA, PRG1) "1 player" in 09:17.78 by xipo.
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform
Double Dragon 2 is a beat'em-up game starring Billy (or Bimmy, depending on the game version) and Jimmy Lee in a quest to get revenge on a gang for killing Billy's girlfriend. Their journey starts on city streets, but it eventually goes to a variety of places like a helicopter, a dark forest, a haunted mansion, and a final fight bordering on the supernatural. You must play the hardest difficulty, Supreme Master, in order to reach the true final boss.

One interesting feature of the game is that some very powerful moves can only be used from a crouching position, usually after landing from a jump or getting up from a knockdown. This is why you see the player jump so frequently.

This run by xipo plays the game with only 1 player. It is slower than the two-player run largely because it can't use tricks like the two players hitting each other with flying knees. However, there are still some interesting tricks and strategies in this movie well worth watching.

Watch this run get played back on a real NES.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA) "2 players" in 08:21.61 by xipo.
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- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform
Double Dragon 2 (1989) is a beat'em-up game that shows the true value of teamwork. Despite sibling rivalry, Billy and Jimmy help expedite their common goal with well-timed knees to each other's faces.

This new version by xipo is 18.51 seconds faster than the previous effort by adelikat. Most of the improvement came from better application of glitches.

If you're more a fan of runs where one macho man defeats an entire gang alone, there is also a one-player run available.

Total movies: 6


[Tier: Moons]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA PRG1) "2 players" in 08:54.05 by adelikat.
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- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform

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Double Dragon 2 (1989) is a beat'em-up game that shows the true value of teamwork. Despite sibling rivalry, Billy and Jimmy help expedite their common goal with well-timed knees to each other's faces.

This new version by adelikat is 26.7 seconds faster than his previous effort. Most of the improvement became possible thanks to discovering an awesome new law of videogame physics: if two athletic guys kick each other in mid-air at the same time, both can fly over a huge distance at breakneck speed. We wish it worked like that in real life!


[Tier: Moons]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA PRG1) "2 players" in 13:26.95 by Phil.
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- Genre: Fighting

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This is a two-player timeattack at Double Dragon II - but here's what's curious: there's only one player - controlling both characters!
That's really hard to do.

This is not a perfect timeattack. To make it perfect would require using the "flying knees" technique almost all the time, and it would be somewhat boring to watch. This movie uses different techniques more.


[Tier: Vault]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA PRG1) "1 player" in 10:21.9 by Qbob.
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- One player in a multiplayer game
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- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform

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A 1-player movie of Double Dragon II that aims solely for fastest completion and, in contrast to Phil's movie, uses the most powerful move, the flying knee, extensively.

[Tier: Moons]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA) "2 players" in 09:52.98 by Phil.
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This is a two-player TAS of Double Dragon II - but here's what's curious: there's only one player - controlling both characters!
That's really hard to do.

In this version, the author uses the "flying knee" technique more often but still manages to keep it as interesting as the precedent version.


[Tier: Moons]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA) "2 players" in 09:21.65 by adelikat.
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- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform

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Double Dragon 2 improved by over 30 seconds from greater precision, new shortcuts, and the use of Mode B (which allows the players to hit each other). Like in the previous run, the author controls two characters at once.

This movie shows the true value of teamwork. Despite sibling rivalry, Billy and Jimmy help expedite their common goal with well-timed knees to each other's faces.


[Tier: Moons][Has commentary]NES Double Dragon II: The Revenge (USA) "2 players" in 08:40.13 by adelikat.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2009-04-19)
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- 2 Players
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: Platform

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Double Dragon 2 (1989) is a beat'em-up game that shows the true value of teamwork. Despite sibling rivalry, Billy and Jimmy help expedite their common goal with well-timed knees to each other's faces.

This new version by adelikat is 14 seconds faster than his previous effort. Most of the improvement came from a new shortcut in level 6.

If you're more a fan of runs where one macho man defeats an entire gang alone, there is also a one-player run available.

The author has used a built in subtitle feature of FCEUX to include some commentary on the movie. An AVI that includes these subtitles has been added.


The downloadable FCEUX movie includes commentary from the author.
The purpose of this page is to document all of the known tricks of NES Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, so far.

Because of the nature of this site, we concentrate here on tricks that are nearly difficult to play in real play, but are useful in the making of tool-assisted speedruns. For most of the tricks, a frame advance feature in an emulator is a definite must-have.

Double Flying Knee glitch

Typically if the two brothers do a flying knee at the same time they will either fly in opposite directions, or one will always hit the other first. Under certain circumstances they can hit each other and fly in the same direction. This possibility opens up a lot of possible shortcuts.

To get this to work the brothers must be moving in the same direction. They also must be at the same height (on 3D floors). In addition RAM addresses 0x0489 and 0x048C must be low values. If they are high, the trick does not work. These values increase each time the brothers do damage to each other. The flying knee does the most to increase it. Therefore, the double flying knee glitch can not be done twice in a row.


Double Jump Kick

Works just like the flying knee but with jump kicks. Jump kicks don't propel them nearly as far but can be useful in certain situations.

In the video example the double jump kick happens just before the knee but is off screen. (Unfortunately this is the only example in the published movie)


L+R Flying Knee Glitch

By pressing left + right at the same time while performing a flying knee, the player will jump straight in the air while doing the knee (instead of to one direction or the other). This has many time saving uses.

If doing the glitch on "3D" terrain, the player will land on the top of the 3D space. Surprisingly this has little TAS value.


Teleportation Glitch

This is derived from the L+R Flying Knee glitch but specifically using it in the enemy scene of stage 6. Go to the left of the platform and do a L+R knee. The player will land on an imaginary platform for 1 frame then fall down (note: it is not possible to jump from this platform). Now anytime the L+R is used on the platform or to the right it, the player will teleport to the left of it.

This glitch does not have value in a 2-player TAS but can save time for a 1-player version as demonstrated here.


Enemy Teleportation Glitch

This is another application of the L+R Flying Knee glitch but applied to Stage 5 before the train. Using the L+R glitch here causes the enemies to walk to the left of the screen, jump up and then teleport off screen! This is (currently) not advantageous in a speedrun.

Level 6 Shortcut

With frame perfect timing and a good Y subpixel value, it is possible to jump up to the ledge of the door from the 2nd disappearing platform.

Damage Boost Shortcuts

There is not as many of these as it would first appear. When you hyper uppercut or spin kick a player he goes flying into the air. At first it seems this would be easy to use to knock them onto high ledges.


However, the game keeps track of what ledges a player could land on. Then game doesn't allow any boosting up to ledges that couldn't normally be jumped to. However, damage boosting is still useful for horizontal boosting. This typically involves landing on a ledge quickly that normally would take several jumps.

RAM Addresses

  • 0x0489, 0x048C - Related to the double flying knee glitch
  • 0x0420, 0x0421 - Enemy Health

Damage Table

Move Damage
Punch 4
Uppercut 6
Kick 2
Kick - Knockdown 6
Knee 4
Jump Kick 8
Flying Knee 30
Spin Kick 16
Hyper Uppercut 20
Hair grab + knee 5
Hair grab + elbow bash 6
Hair grab + throw 12
Hair grab + kick 14


See also