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 >Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Box art by Kasumi Kakizaki

Japanese artwork, first published by Technos Japan Corp. in 1989.

Designed for the worldwide market.  NES version pictured.

Also available on: Famicom, Mega Drive (JP), PC Engine.


Heroic, 80’s Japanese artistry at its best.


Double Dragon II’s box art would be a classic example in urban, beat ‘em up cover design.  But where other early examples of the genre such as Renegade (1987), Shinobi (1989) and Bad Dudes (1988) portrayed their characters in drab tones, Kasumi, in a way only a golden age Mangaka would dare to, saw fit to bath his brawlers in vibrant pinks, purples and oranges.  It added up to an explosive montage that saw western appeal being released worldwide on the NES.


The American and European home computer versions would take direct influence from the original but would instead unclutter the scene, tone down the palette and Americanise the characters further.  It would add up to an OK interpretation of the original.


Kasumi would illustrate the Japanese Game Boy version of the first Double Dragon, and the Japanese arcade flyer for Double Dragon III, his work on the series would end there. Presently no other box arts are accredited to him.




Other notable Kasumi Kakizaki box arts

1990

>Double Dragon (JP) Game Boy.








If you like Double Dragon II you’ll love…

1987

>Renegade (EU) Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.

1991

>Bare Knuckle (JP) Mega Drive.





Sources and further reading:

>http://doubledragon.kontek.net/games/dd2/rdd2nes.html



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1992

>Final Fight (JP/ NA) Sega CD, X68000.




Posted - 17/03/16, by Adam Gidney

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