29 posts tagged arc system works
Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun SP
Arc System Works and Million have yet another 3DS project on the way from the Kunio-kun/River City Ransom series — Siliconera translates its title as Hot Blooded Tough Guy Kunio: Fighting Concerto.
It’s scheduled to release in Japan on August 8, with the retail version coming packed with a soundtrack CD. According to Polygon, the 3DS game has Kunio fighting a new gang of high-school punks who’ve taken over the streets of eastern Japan:
“New features include a city map you can freely travel around, side quests that you can take from citizens to earn extra money, and the ability to punch out NPCs — in addition to the game’s ‘real’ enemies — sort of make the game a retro-Grand Theft Auto, maybe. Attacking non-combatants will reportedly lead to unexpected story developments, not to mention the occasional police foot pursuit.
Kunio-Kun SP also lets up to four people duke it out with each other using a single game card. Two games are available: A battle-royale fighting mode, and a dodgeball game where you can build teams from a pool of 36 players and whip the snot out of each other out in the schoolyard.”
Aksys, the primary publisher for most recent Kunio games in North America, still hasn’t brought over Renegade 3DS or Riki Densetsu, so I wouldn’t expect to hear a localization for this. :o( Like, at least put these bad boys on the eShop or somethin’. Did River City Soccer Hooligans and Super Sports Challenge really bomb that bad?
Nikaku de Sushi 2
A 3DS eShop sequel to a DSiWare game I don’t think I’ve heard of, this is a sushi-matching puzzle game. It comes out Feb. 13 in Japan.
No idea if it’s coming out here. Arc System Works has been sparing with its Arc Style games, which is probably fine. I like random cheap games, though.
Riki Densetsu (Legend of Riki) looks a lot like River City Ransom! You know, like all the other Kunio beat’em ups. Except this one stars Renegade antagonist and RCR partner Riki/Ryan, and it’s got the same “2D sprites in 3D scenes” aesthetic that was in the Japan-only Renegade 3DS remake.
It’s also single-player, which is a shame, but since it’s an eShop release (hits Japan next week), maybe this one will make it to the West this time.
Riki Densetsu (Legend of Riki) trailer. This Kunio-kun/River City Ransom spinoff, starring Kunio’s rival/partner Riki, comes to 3DS eShop in Japan next week!
Aksys was really good about localizing this stuff for a while, but the last Kunio game on 3DS didn’t end up getting localized. I’m gonna guess it’s because Super Dodgeball Brawlers, River City Sports Challenge, etc. didn’t sell…
25th anniversary wallpapers for Tantei Jingūji Saburō, a.k.a. Jake Hunter for us yankee doodle dandies. Happy Swagiversary, Jake Hunter. We wish more of your games came out in the West (Though your new 3DS game, Rondo of Vengeance, ain’t looking too hot visual-wise, nahmean? That’s cool tho. At least we got these wallpapers.).
Arc Style: Sangokushi Pinball, eShop’s upcoming Three Kingdom-inspired pinball game, doesn’t look like the Odama successor I hoped it would be, but it looks like it could be a decent enough diversion — it’s priced way too high in Japan, though, at ¥700 ($8.65).
Why didn’t ASW invest in recording more death sounds for enemies… Like, even more than one would’ve worked.
Hitting the batting cages in Renegade 3DS. It’s great that Million is packing fun little experiences like this into the remake, but I still think this game is going to have a hard time selling copies when it releases to Japan in a month, even with the reduced ¥4,410 pricing (games typically sell for ¥4,800 to ¥6,090 there).
Again, I’m wishing on a star here that this will sell enough to make a River City Ransom remake with this kind of treatment happen and release to the States.
See also: More Renegade and Kunio stuff
Two minutes of Renegade 3DS gameplay. I know most previews for this import-only 3DS game are mixed, to say the least, but you’ll want to watch this anyway just to hear that remix of River City Ransom’s shop music again.
While I expect hardly anyone will buy this in Japan, I’m crossing my fingers that sales will meet expectations and Arc System Works will greenlight a similar remake for River City Ransom — I’d love to see this motorcycle sequence brought into that potential game.
See also: More Renegade and Kunio stuff
Four-player Battle Royale in Renegade 3DS. How did that guy in the brown suit get a pistol? Why is he holding it with a side grip? No wonder he can’t hit anything here!
I wish using that bicycle allowed you to ride around the stage, running over fools, but no, all you can do is pick it up and wield it as a weapon. Who hits people with a bike? If anything, you’re more likely to hurt yourself when the spokes jam into your fingers. Know what I mean? That is some bullshit. I’ll stick with the soccer ball, or, you know, stay strapped with the automatic handgun.
[Via Go Nintendo]
Roll out: New screens from the Renegade 3DS remake, or Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun (Hot-Blooded Tough Guy Kunio) in Japan, where it will release this December.
In the third image with the game’s menu screen, you’ll see there’s the expanded and RPG-ish Story mode, the original Arcade mode (but still with Kunio sprites), the Mission mode with local co-op, four-player Battle Royal brawls, the Gallery mode with “nostalgic posters and illustrations”, and the StreetPass Card Battle thing.
JC is flying off to Japan right now to cover Tokyo Game Show for Joystiq — if he doesn’t play and preview this at ASW’s booth, I’m considering his whole trip a failure.
Appropriately beat-up Famicom box for Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun (Hot-Blooded Tough Guy Kunio), or Renegade as we knew it in the West (click for a larger image).
In the partial list of games coming to Tokyo Game Show, Arc System Works has put down a previously unannounced title, also titled Hot-Blooded Tough Guy Kunio, in its lineup. We don’t know much about this title, like whether it’s a remake or something totally new, other than it’s coming to the Nintendo 3DS.
Now anyone who played the original Renegade on an NES or in an arcade will tell you that the game was ass — real talk, it was the butt king of poo mountain. But the title is notable for being of the first beat’em ups, and for being the predecessor to Double Dragon.
Oh, and it was the first game in the Kunio-kun franchise! I presume Million is handling this again — hopefully the studio learned from the dismal sales of River City Super Sports Challenge and River City Soccer Hooligans, and is returning to the series’ 2D roots with this (then again, maybe the reason they switched to 3D is because no one bought Super Dodgeball Brawlers…).
See also: A bunch more Kunio posts
Vector Racing (3DS download) trailer. The sparse vector graphics style in this racer looks so, so cool. Unfortunately, everything about the game looks kinda sparse, judging by the trailer — sort of like a slower F-Zero with flat tracks. So… I don’t know.
I hope it does turn out not to be boring, because I’d like to stare at this game for a while. On a related note, I hope it’s released outside of Japan.
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