Retro Game Box Art: Double Dragon II


Double Dragon II Box Art by Kasumi Kakizaki- 80s and 90s Arcades, Retro Games and Classic Video Games

Double Dragon II (Technos Japan 1988/1989). The beautiful original Japanese box art by the mangaka artist Kasumi Kakizaki and the reworked version for the European / American market. Kakizaki has also created, in the same style, the box art for Double Dragon 1 on Gameboy and Double Dragon 3 Arcade.

Double Dragon II export box art - - 80s and 90s Arcades, Retro Games and Classic Video Games

Fortunately, the western artist has kept the original composition of Kakizachi’s drawing, changing only Billy’s hairdresser, who shows off a new haircut with a mullet directly from the 90s.

The belief of Western distributors that the distinctive oriental style was not pleasing to the European and American public led, between the late 1980s and the early 1990s, to the constant modification of original box art, often with disastrous results.