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[[caption-width-right:300: '''[[CatchPhrase WE'RE BAD!]]''']]

->''President [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronnie]] has been kidnapped by ninjas. [[MemeticMutation Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the President?]]''
%%(yes, that is a mashup between the arcade and NES versions, but we wanted to mention both, okay?)

A side-scrolling BeatEmUp by Creator/DataEast for the UsefulNotes/{{arcade|Game}}s and ported to the UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem. The plot, [[ExcusePlot such as it is]], goes as follows: There are rampant ninja-related crimes these days, and the White House is no exception. A guy who [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger looks like he could be]] VideoGame/DukeNukem's uncle informs you that the President has been kidnapped by {{ninja}}s, and asks you if you are a bad enough dude to rescue the President. The correct answer is to [[ConservationOfNinjutsu beat up an army of ninja]], while shouting "I'M BAD!!!", and repeat until the President is rescued. Said President thanks you for your troubles, and suggests burgers for lunch.

[[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pinstripegames/bad-dudes-2 There was a crowdfunding campaign for a sequel.]] Sadly, it never reached its goal.

!!Are you a bad enough dude to provide examples of tropes?

* AdaptationNameChange: Some of the bosses are named differently on the Famicom version's manual compared to the enemy roll call in the end of the Japanese arcade version.
** Iron becomes Nenail
** Kamui (the third boss) becomes Hanzo
** Akaikage becomes Killer Joe
** Devil Pole becomes Kon Bōsai
* AllThereInTheManual: The third boss, a green ninja with ability to create duplicates of himself, is the only boss character unnamed in the ending cast roll. However, ''Gamest'''s coverage of the game refers to him as Kamui.
* AntagonistTitle: The game is known simply as ''Dragon Ninja'' in Japan.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Especially the arcade version. "Rampant ninja-related crimes these days. White House is not the exception."
* TheCameo: VideoGame/{{Karnov}}, hero of his self-titled Data East game, is the first stage's boss.
** [[DegradedBoss He later reappears as a normal but tough enemy]], sporting the same grey coloration he has in the NES version after he's taken damage. His official name is "Kusamoci Karnov".[[note]]Kusamochi is a green Japanese rice cake made from a type of leaf.[[/note]]
* CatchPhrase: "I'm BAD!" Or through the NES's sound system, "GWAM BAAA!"
* CollisionDamage: Most of the mook ninjas don't bother to attack the player but instead just run through him to do damage.
* ColorCodedMultiplayer: In the arcade version, Player 1 wears white parachute pants, while Player 2 wears green.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Multiple mook ninjas? No problem. One boss ninja? Bigger problem.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: A to attack and B to jump?!
* DareToBeBadass: "The forces of good have never been so BAD!" claimed one advertisement for the home version.
* DegradedBoss: Kusamochi Karnov and Zombie Animal. Inverted with the third boss, who is literally a BossInMookClothing.
* DistressedDude: The President. Maybe BadassInDistress too, depending on your point of view.
* DoppelgangerSpin: The {{ninja}} boss in the [[DownTheDrain sewer level]].
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: The BigBad is named "[=DragonNinja=]".
* {{Eagleland}}: Bad Dudes saving the President of the US in a game made in Japan. A lighthearted use of the positive version.
* ExcusePlot: Albeit one of ''[[MemeticMutation legendary proportions.]]''
* FightingWithChucks: One of the weapon pickups is a set of nunchucks. It's the best weapon with the longest reach and does double damage compared to the normal punch.
* FingerlessGloves: Part of the tough-as-nails 80's hero aesthetic.
* GratuitousNinja: President-kidnapping ones too.
* GuestFighter: VideoGame/{{Karnov}} was actually the star of a previous, more obscure Data East game.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Blue ninjas, grey ninjas, red ninjas, green ninjas, ''on fire ninjas''.
* HurricaneKick: Pressing jump and attack simultaneously executes this. It makes the player more vulnerable to CollisionDamage, unfortunately.
* KingMook: The green ninja boss in Stage 3.
* ManOnFire: The aptly named Fire Ninjas will light themselves on fire. The only way to kill one of them is to do a spinning kick on their head.
* MarketBasedTitle: Known as ''Dragon Ninja'' in Japan, ''Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja'' for the American arcade release, and then shortened to just ''Bad Dudes'' on the NES.
* {{Mook}}s: The blue ninja mooks are appropriately called "Zako Ninja" in the end credits ("Zako" means mook in Japanese). The red-clad weapon-wielding variants are called "Buki (Weapon) Ninjas", and the black-clad shuriken-throwing ninjas are called "Nage (Throw) Ninjas". There are also Kunoichis, dwarf-sized Mini Ninjas, and helmet-wearing/sword-wielding {{elite mook}}s called Kabutos.
* {{Ninja}}: Ninjas are the main adversaries of the games.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** The President was changed from Ronald Reagan ("Ronnie") in the arcade version to George H.W. Bush (just "The President") in the NES version.
** One of the bosses is a Road Warrior/Legion of Doom lookalike named "Animal".
* NamedByTheAdaptation: The two player characters were nameless in the arcade version. On the NES, they were called Blade and Striker.
* PaletteSwap: The three basic types of ninja mooks (Zako, Nage, and Buki) are the same sprite with different colors for their outfit (blue, black, and red), while the boss of Stage 3 is a green ninja who can make duplicates of himself. The DegradedBoss versions of Karnov and Animal, Kusamoci Karnov and Zombie Animal, are the same guys with weirder skin colors.
* PowerGlows: You can charge your Dude's punches to make him glow and take out enemies in fewer hits.
* RatedMForManly: Or alternatively: Rated B For Bad(ass).
* SleevesAreForWimps: Another part of the tough-as-nails 80's hero aesthetic.
* TotallyRadical: You can ''smell'' TheEighties radiating off this game.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Burgers for the President.
* TraintopBattle: The second level.
* AWinnerIsYou: "Hey dudes, thanks for rescuing me. Let's go for a burger.... Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!"
-> ''I'M BAD!''