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This is the third game in the series although there is little if any resemblence to the previous two titles. Players can choose to play Billy, Jimmy or Sonny who journey and fight throughout America, China, Japan, Italy and Egypt in search of the three Rosetta Stones. There are shops on each level that allow the player to purchase power-ups for depositing additional credits.

Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone was produced by Technos in 1990.

Technos released 28 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1982. Technos was based in United States.

Other machines made by Technos during the time period Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone was produced include: Block Out, WWF Super Stars, U.S Championship V'Ball, Championship V'Ball, Double Dragon II The Revenge, Combatribes The, Nintendo World Cup, WWF WrestleFest, Shadow Force, and Double Dragon NeoGeo


Name Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone
Developer Technos (United States)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7622
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 3
# Maximum Players 3
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - PunchKickJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

The specialty moves that can be purchased are as follows:

  • One armed-stand head butt - Press Punch and Jump.
  • Ankle grab-head flip - Press Punch and Jump.
  • Running head-butt - Press Punch and Jump.

Other moves are:

  • Hurricane Kick
  • Triangle Jump Kick
  • Belly to Back Throw
  • Back to Back Hurricane Kick

The bosses are as follows:

  • "Mission 1 America": Jim - After Willy was defeated for good in Double Dragon II, his younger brother, Jim, decided to take his place as the leader of the Black Warriors. He's not very skilled at fighting and you can take him out by merely using your basic kicks.
  • "Mission 2 China": Li - Kung-Fu master and keeper of the first Rosetta Stone. He is not very tough at first, but eventually he will take out his tonfa and use it agaisnt you.
  • "Mission 3 Japan": Ranzou - A very skilled ninjas. Watch out for hist shurikens. Eventually he will split into three, but you only need to concentrate on one.
  • "Mission 4 Italy": Juliano - Be careful of this gladiator. He has a long-ranged spear and will try to block your jump kicks with his shield. He reappears in Mission 5, only the battle will be more difficult due to a Chakran that keeps bouncing on the walls.
  • "Mission 5A Egypt": Hiruko - After the defeating the Golems, Hiruko will show her true colors. Despite her abilty to throw fireballs, she's not very tough and can easily be defeated.
  • "Mission 5B": The Mummy. She is a very tough opponent and likes to throw a lot. She is also very fast. If you defeat her, she will reveal her true form, which is none other than...
  • Cleopatra -- probably the cheapest boss in this game. She flies a lot to each side and likes to throw you magically to the walls. She can throw fireballs at you as well.

Extra Guys: If you buy an Extra Guy at the beginning of each stage, they will replace your defeault fighter the Lee brothers: Billy, Jimmy or Sonny after he dies. Keep in mind that the backup fighter cannot learn new tricks or nor use weapons.

Urquidez Brothers 1P: Roney, 2P: Sunny, 3P: Jonny are very strong and tall, but are a bit hard to control due to their huge size. They can be hired during Missions 1 America and 5 Egypt Chin Brothers1P: Seimei, 2P: Taimei, 3P: Sinmei can easily deplete an enemy's energy with their fists, but they are very slow. They can be hired in China Mission 2. Ooyama Brothers 1P: Masao, 2P: Kunio, 3P: Akira are very fast, but they are also small and fragile. They can be hired in Japan Mission 3.


  • A Ninjatou can be bought in Japan and Egypt Missions 3 and 5 respectively
  • A set of nunchakus can only be found in China Mission 2.

Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.40 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.80

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.00

Gameplay 3.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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The first two Double Dragon games were made by Technos, but this game was made an outside team. However, Technos did create the FamicomNES version of this same game.

Cabinet Information

The game was relased only as a conversion kit.


The boardset can be configured to be installed in either two or threeplayer cabinets.


The Japanese version of the game allows you to choose your starting character Lee, Chin, Ooyama and Urquidez.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone Census

There are 14,834 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,890 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 47 known instances of this machine owned by Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 45 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Double Dragon 3 The Rosetta Stone circuit board set.

This game ranks a 13 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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