It's safe to say that beat-em-ups have found a home thanks to downloadable marketplaces like PSN and XBLA. Back in March, a list of the best selling XBLA games of all time was topped by none other than "Castle Crashers," the excellent beat-em-up from The Behemoth. Also on the list? "TMNT 1989 Arcade." The genre's success has encouraged others to join in, and now it seems we're getting a remake of one of the best beat-em-ups of all time: "Double Dragon 2."
"Double Dragon 2: Wander of the Dragons" (whatever that means) is being developed by Barunson Interactive. It's far from a straight port of the original arcade game. Instead, the graphics and gameplay have gotten a pretty significant overhaul. All of the environments and character models are in 3D now, and the combo system is now considerably more complex than punch-punch-kick over and over again.
The game is apparently inspired by the arcade version, so it takes most of its levels from that. There is, however, the helicopter battle from the NES version, though Co-Optimus is reporting that it'll feature quick-time events to keep players from falling out the side door. A bit worrying, but hopefully it plays as wonderfully as the original.
In addition to the reworked graphics and gameplay, "Wander of the Dragons" will support four players at one time, instead of the original's two. In addition to the two brothers, players will be able to take control of the damsel-in-distress Marian, as well as a few enemies. Fingers crossed for playable Abobo!
"Double Dragon 2: Wander of the Dragons" is scheduled for release in September on XBLA for a price of $15. If you'd like to see more, head on over to Co-Optimus, as they've got a boatload of screenshots from the game.