Lost In Translation/Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja

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Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja
Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja marquee.
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Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja control panel.
Manufacturer Data East USA
Released 1988
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 10.000 MHz)
M6502 (@ 1.500 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2203 (@ 1.500 MHz)
YM3812 (@ 3.000 MHz)
OKI6295 (@ 1.024 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
256 x 240 pixels
57.41 Hz
1,024 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 22 ROMs
1,212,416 bytes (1.16 MiB)
MAME ID baddudes · drgninja

About The Game

Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja is a 1- or 2-player sideways scrolling platform beat'em up featuring the 'Bad Dudes', 2 government agents who must fight against the Dragon Ninja and his minions in order to save the President of the USA - at this time, Ronald Reagan. At the end of each level, players must defeat end-of-level bosses, one of which is Karnov himself.


Released in April 1988.

This game is known in Japan as "Dragonninja".

'Bad Dudes' acquired something of a cult status, due in no small part to its tongue-in-cheek humour; such as the game's introduction by a Secret Service agent informing the player that 'President Ronnie has been kidnapped by the Ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue Ronnie?' After saving the President, Reagan appears in the Oval Office and delivers the line : 'Hey Dudes Thanks, for rescuing me, let's go for a burger...'.

The game includes a cameo appearance by "Karnov" (a hero in his own Data East game), who oddly enough, appears as an enemy boss rather than the good guy this time around!

The trucks on the second stage say 'Kikuchi Co., Ltd'. Kikuchi Co is a real company established on November 1953 in Japan. It manufactures and sells automobile body frame components and it is affiliated to Honda.

Polystar / Datam released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Deco History Scene I : Data East Game Music Scene One - H25X-20008) on 25/09/1988.

A Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja unit appears in the 1990 movie 'RoboCop 2', and in the 1989 movie "Parenthood".


The Japanese version, "Dragonninja", has a different ending sequence to that of the US version.


Makoto Kikuchi
Tomotaka Osada
Masaaki Tamura
Nobusuke Sasaki
Naomi Susa
Kenji Takahashi
Graphic Designers
Dot Man
Mix Man
Monsieur Micky
OK Youichi
Milky Kikuchi
Azusa Hara (AZUSA)
Hiroaki Yoshida (MARO)

Cabinet and Artwork


Box art for Data East's own port of Bad Dudes.
Box art for the Imagine port of Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja.
Nintendo Famicom (1989)
Commodore Amiga ("Bad Dudes Vs. Dragonninja", 1988, Imagine)
Commodore Amiga ("Bad Dudes", 1988, Imagine)
Atari ST (1989)
Commodore 64 (1989)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)
Amstrad CPC (1989)
Apple II

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
The Best Of AY-3-8912 CZCD 005[1] 2007-07-12 Binary Zone Interactive CD version.
The Way Of The Exploding SID CZCD 027[2] 2007-07-20 Binary Zone Interactive 2 CD version.
DECO History -data east game music scene one H25X-20008[3] 1988-09-25 Polystar / DATAM CD version.
DECO History -data east game music scene one X22X-1008[4] 1988-09-25 Polystar / DATAM Cassette version.

External Links


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.