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Bad Street Brawler is a 1987 video game by Beam Software Pty., Ltd. It was distributed worldwide by Mindscape Inc. and Mattel. It was released for the Commodore Amiga, the Commodore 64, MS-DOS, and the NES. The NES version was one of only two NES games specifically designed for use with Mattel's Power Glove.


The player plays the character Duke Davis, who goes from stage to stage beating up gangsters that get in his way, dressed in a yellow tank top, sunglasses, and yellow pants. He is described as a former punk rocker and the "world's coolest" martial artist.

Before the start of the next stage, quotes are introduced to entertain the player (such as "Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you"). The player fights a variety of enemies, such as gorillas and old ladies who throw pocketbooks at the player (resembling weightlifter dwarves who throw dumbbells at the player). The player executing the "Trip" move on one of the enemies in Bad Street Brawler


The NES version of the game has come under criticism by a number of people for its questionable design. Perhaps partially due to the limits of the NES controller or Power Glove, the protagonist can only use a few different moves in every stage, most used for specific tasks in that stage (the "trip" move, for example, can be used to give dogs belly-rubs), making Bad Street Brawler somewhat monotonous to watch and play. Electronic Gaming Monthly columnist Seanbaby named it both one of the worst NES games and worst video games of all time. The game is also argued to have bizarre homosexual undertones by certain critics at such sites as Something Awful, due somewhat to Duke's loud clothes, but mostly to the awkward appearance of many attacks. The "bull ram" attack often appears to be a headbutt to enemies' crotches, while the "trip" move can be seen as massaging the genitals of enemies. However, the game does not take itself very seriously, so it is possible that some of its negative aspects are intentional.

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