Now widely known as Billy and Jimmy Lee, the Double Dragons were initially re-named by Taito America to Hammer and Spike in the original American arcade release because they felt the surname “Lee” wouldn’t have appealed to a U.S. audience.
The 1994 live-action film featured Alyssa Milano as Marian and Scott Wolf and Mark Dacascos as the titular characters. Dacascos now plays the role of “Chairman” in Iron Chef America.
Technos Japan, the creators of Double Dragon, had little input in Battletoads & Double Dragon’s development. The game’s engine and design were taken directly from Rare’s Battletoads series but the mash-up did spark renewed interest in the Double Dragon franchise, coinciding with the live-action film and animated show.