I would love for a new ending to be hacked into NES Double Dragon II that is based on the more conflicted, tragic original Arcade version, albeit with improvements. NES Double Dragon II is easily one of my favourite games of all time, but the sappy, rushed fairytale ending applied by Nintendo is an absolute disaster to an otherwise legendary game. I'll paste some quotes from an individual on reddit, and another from youtube who summarize the reasons I feel the tone of the arcade game made for a very mature and impactful experience:"I have a feeling that almost everyone considers the NES port of the game to be the definitive version. It sports a more polished look and feel along with a grand total of nine missions building onto the arcade's four. Not to mention, a cool comic book story that unfolds betwixt the fighting. It's a shame the combat wasn't more challenging.
The NES port featured a very gratifying ending against the Shadow Warrior. Kick his ass, listen to his dying words, and Marion is mysteriously resurrected. Happy days! Totally worth the trouble
The arcade port is much less forgiving. Willy makes his return appearance after you, as the player, have pummeled furiously through his army of thugs and weird bosses again. You watch has he makes his way though the hallway to the arena and the music starts. The beat has a sense of opportunity hanging from it. You're literally aching to smash him into the ground. However, killing him nets no special gratification. It would seem that by exacting their revenge, they've drown themselves in their own animosity. Which is when their shadows come alive...
I believe they're the Dragons' rage and murderous nature personified. Very different to what's alluded to in the NES port with the dopplegangers being illusions created by the final boss.
That creepy laugh as they arise from the shadows, coupled with the eerie background ambiance is very disturbing. Beating them is just as strange because they seemingly return to whence they came with that same laugh. Are they gone? Did you just suppress them for now?
You leave through the exit to the ending screen. Marion does not return to the living and stays deceased. The photograph shows her shedding a single tear... is she sad she perished? Is she sad the Dragons gave into their hatred? Maybe both, but it's a far cry from the fairy tale ending of the NES version. My interpretation is that the photo shows the complete opposite of the present time. Marion's dead and the Dragons are lost in guilt, sadness, and became murderer's (which is absolutely opposite of what they're shown to be in all other games/media.)"
Link to original arcade showdown with ending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZilkUmmwuo&feature=youtu.be&t=5m3s
... and abysmal NES ending for comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSuVH4YgIx0
and another supporting comment from youtube: "The whole concept of fighting a physical manifestation of your desire for vengeance is deep and profound. Furthermore, it also shows that despite all your efforts, Marion is still dead."
Now, having said all that, the original Arcade photo is laughably bad, with a super creepy expression on the face of the Lee brothers (that would obviously have to be redone). In addition, the ending speech of the Shadow Master would have to be redone, as it's currently nonsensical. In addition, I'd like to see a few preceding expository shots, such as of the Lee brothers against a gritty urban sunset, reminiscing when they spent an evening there with Marion in happier times, cut to them looking out over the water in longing, and then walking away in sadness into the background. One of the Lee brothers then drops the photo of the three of them, which plays out like the original arcade ending.
Needless to say, while I have absolutely no hacking skills, I would love to be involved in the direction of the ending cut scenes, as well as writing the script. I think this masterpiece deserves a proper ending befitting the tone and spirit of the game. Anyone who is interested in making this happen, please feel free to respond in this thread, or hit me with a PM.