Dragonninja was released in April 1988 in Japan.
This game is known in US as "Bad Dudes vs. Dragonninja".
'Bad Dudes' acquired something of a cult status, due in no small part to its tongue-in-cheek humour; such as the game's introduction by a Secret Service agent informing the player that 'President Ronnie has been kidnapped by the Ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue Ronnie?' After saving the President, Reagan appears in the Oval Office and delivers the line : 'Hey Dudes Thanks, for rescuing me, let's go for a burger...'.
The game includes a cameo appearance by "Karnov
" (a hero in his own Data East game), who oddly enough, appears as an enemy boss rather than the good guy this time around!
The trucks on the second stage say 'Kikuchi Co., Ltd'. Kikuchi Co is a real company established on November 1953 in Japan. It manufactures and sells automobile body frame components and it is affiliated to Honda.
Polystar / Datam released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Deco History Scene I : Data East Game Music Scene One - H25X-20008) on September 25, 1988.