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Having achieved renown for such classic 2D fighting series' as Samurai Showdown, and The King of Fighters,SNK's Neo Geo MVS arcade board and its home console counterpart play host to yet another such title — Rage of the Dragons; a 2D fighting title loosely based upon Technos' Double Dragon franchise. Set against the backdrop of a corrupt and lawless Sunshine City, Rage of the Dragons intertwines the fates of 14 playable characters including Billy, Jimmy, Cassandra, Sonia, and Kang. Like Marvel Vs. Capcom before it, Rage of the Dragons pits teams of two against each other, with the first team to lose both fighters declared the loser. Unlike that title, however, it utilizes a four-button fighting system — two strong attacks and two weak ones.
Players can switch between characters during a bout, but only once the "Change" meter is full. When full, this meter will also allow players to perform Team Duplex maneuvers or "Surrender" a single character. When used, this move relegates that fighter to the sidelines for the remainder of the bout, but doing so augments the remaining character's Special meter with additional Power Stocks. As in similar offerings, the Special meter is filled as each character performs attacks or takes damage, and in turn facilitates the use of super special moves and Duplex combos. When performing the "First Impact" maneuver, icons will appear onscreen after the initial attack. By pressing the correct buttons in sequence, the length of the combo can be extended, and as a result, more damage dealt to the opponent. ~ Gavin Frankle, All Game Guide