Chinese Double Dragon Rip-Off 'Dragon Knife' ROM Fan Translated Into English

Dragon-Knife-NES-ROM-Pirate-Fan-TranslationWithout a doubt one of the most memorable arcade brawlers ever has to be Double Dragon. The 1987 coin-op brought along plenty of sequel and spin-offs, along with unauthorised takes on the game hailing from the Far East. The later of these, Dragon Knife, is an unlicensed Nintendo NES title which has just been translated into English.

Very little is currently known about Dragon Knife, other than the fact it was produced for the Chinese market and has since found its way around the world via NES collectors and emulation gurus. The game itself is very much a clone of Double Dragon, featuring near identical gameplay, albeit that of a lower quality.

While the action in Dragon Knife needs no explanation or translation, every last segment of Chinese text in game - from menus, to storyline, to title screens, to cut-scenes - has been rewritten in English by ROM hackers. Although this is anything but a licensed game for Nintendo's 8-bit console, it's great seeing another import-exclusive available to all as if it was intended to see release worldwide.

Dragon Knife (Nintendo NES Pirate)

A downloadable English patch for Dragon Knife can now be found at As usual, to enjoy this fan translation patch you will need to have an original Dragon Knife ROM file to which you can apply this patch to. Full instructions on how to patch this ROM can be found within the download, or you can refer to this handy ROM patching guide on YouTube.

Link: Download Dragon Knife (Nintendo NES) ROM Translation Patch

Last Updated ( 15 May 2014 )  


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