Dragon Ninja

Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja - Title Screen

Data East did do a good job of including plenty of references to their own properties into Bad Dudes though, in a way that wasn’t really done up until this point, creating their own sort of Data East culture.

Spartan X

Spartan X Arcade - Title Screen

It’s safe to say that none of the many titles in the genre to follow couldn’t have existed without this one.

Spartan X

We often assume that simplistic games don’t have a very rich history, but Spartan X is a perfect example of why this isn’t true. It acted not only as a door to a brand new genre that would rule a large portion of the late 80s and 90s, a potential pathway to multiple world-changing games, a licensed game (sort of) and a transitional game for some notable individuals. When playing “Kung Fu” (the name that it was released under in the US) on my NES as a kid around 1988, I was unable to get past the third floor and would think “This game seems a little primitive…” (little did I know at the time how old the game itself actually was). I truly had no idea how significant what I was playing actually was.

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