We want to be happy about the fact that Aksys Games is publishing a new remake of the classic Double Dragon -- because we like Double Dragon -- but a couple of complications have us a bit worried. First, it's being developed not by Million -- the company built from the original Technos team that made Double Dragon -- but by mobile game developer Brizo Interactive.

Second, and most troubling ... it's an iPhone game. Aksys promises an "easy-to-use on-screen controller and combo system," but we're justifiably wary of any kind of beat-em-up port for iPhone -- especially since the "controller" looks a lot like a regular old virtual pad and buttons in the screenshots. Still, we like the Neo Geo-esque visual makeover.

We'll find out if this remake Double Dragon is good or Abobo-minable when it comes out in March.
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The Legendary Double Dragon Franchise Returns!

Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, is pleased to unveil the grand return of the legendary franchise that introduced gamers to the joys of side-scrolling beat'-em-up action: Double Dragon iPhone. Developed by Brizo Interactive, Double Dragon iPhone is an enhanced remake of the original arcade game featuring all new art, music, and extras. Grab a friend or get ready to brave the streets alone, because Double Dragon iPhone will be appearing in the Apple App Store this March.

The Black Warriors have taken Marian hostage, and they present Billy and Jimmy with a grim ultimatum: give up the sacred Sousetsuken scrolls or never see Marian again. Not taking the news lying down, they take to the streets to hunt down the Black Warriors and save her. Equipped with their deadly martial arts prowess and slick street smarts, Billy and Jimmy must carve through an entire army of thugs to see Marian safe again.


Double Dragon iPhone Key Features

Double Dragon for a New Age
Double Dragon iPhone has been completely reborn with new remixed music and all new art and character sprites.

All New Double Dragon Experience
With new attacks, enemies, bosses, and even achievements and hidden characters to unlock, Double Dragon iPhone is nothing short of a new Double Dragon experience.

Easy Combo and Control Scheme
With an easy to use on-screen controller and combo system, you'll be ready to take on an entire horde of thugs in no time!

Bluetooth Multiplayer
Team up with a friend via Bluetooth in Double Dragon Mode and take to the mean streets together.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.