Back in the earlier days of gaming, cross platform releases in North America were kind of rare. It was not with every release that every viable platform, and some not so viable, got a version at the same time. Take Operation Wolf from Taito for example, it was released in arcades first, then the Nintendo NES and that ended the home ports to consoles. See, during this time, Nintendo had a stranglehold on the home console market- something that Sega was on the short end of the stick on.
Doing what any company in Sega’s shoes would do, they created their own version of Operation Wolf and called it Dynamite Duke. Similar game play, similar backdrops and of course, familiar weapons round out the facsimile work Sega did on their game.
Dynamite Duke plays just like Operation Wolf, the game auto scrolls and your left in control of a reticle on the screen and moving Duke out of harms way. Pretty simple sounding but it is harder than you think as the reticle and Duke both move at different speeds. Collecting ammo and armor is as simple as shooting it, along with the bad guys and their equipment.
Notable in its absence is parallax scrolling, something Sega prided their Genesis on being able to do that Nintendo’s NES could not.