39 posts tagged kunio
Two more Kunio RPG screens ⊟
This is out today in Japan! I’m still really looking forward to it (and just filled out a survey on ASW’s website begging for a US release)… there’s just something so weird about it, but at the same time so banal. Like, the fantasy setting, the 3D backgrounds… but at the same time it’s Kunio hitting dudes with a stick.
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Here’s the first screen of the Kunio RPG ⊟
Well, it’s Kunio hitting a bunch of dudes, except Kunio has HP and MP! And the dudes are orcs or something?
I think I love this. I was wondering how Arc System Works/Million would adapt the Kunio style to a fantasy RPG for Nekketsu Mahou Monogatori (Hot-blood Magic Tale), and the answer appears to be “not at all.” Even the genre listed on the official site, “Nekketsu 2D Action” suggests that this is the familiar gameplay in a new wrapper.
Kunios gonna Kunio.
There’s a Kunio-kun fantasy game coming to 3DS ⊟
This is weird! It’s a Kunio-kun brawler set in a retro-style RPG world — weird, but the series has gone in all sorts of unexpected directions in the past. Arc System Works releases the “slapstick comical fantasy” Nekketsu Mahou Monogatori (Hot-blood Magic Tale) to the eShop in Japan this Spring.
While there isn’t as much outrage for it, Kunio-kun has found itself in a Dragon Quest-type situation where a bunch of games have released in Japan but not in the West. This is the fourth Kunio-kun title announced for 3DS. Credit to Japanese 3DS for the link!
River City Ransom is a tower defense game now ⊟
Million and Arithmetic (two companies who make sense working together!) are bringing Nekketsu Taisen Kunio-Kun TD to iPhone and Android.
It is a tower defense game, in which you send gang members out to beat on approaching gang members. I do not know why this is happening to poor Kunio. What did he do to deserve a tower defense game!
River City Ransom on 3DS eShop today ⊟
Oh dang, completely out of nowhere, Aksys drops everyone’s favorite brawler ever on the 3DS Virtual Console. For five dollars, you can have a portable copy of River City Ransom that lives on your 3DS forever, and dispenses free smiles forever.
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River City Ransom Underground Kickstarted ⊟
River City Ransom Underground, Conatus Creative’s sequel to the NES classic, has passed its Kickstarter goal of $180,000 CAD. It hasn’t quite hit the $280,000 required for Vita, or the $320K for Wii U/3DS.
So I was skeptical about this game at first (more so than other Kickstarters even) but there’s reason to have some faith in this. First off, it looks pretty good. But also, Double Dragon/Renegade creator Yoshihisa Kishimoto is on board as a creative consultant, and animator Justin Cyr (Scott Pilgrim, Wizorb, being a cool guy) is on the team as well.
Kunio-kun’s Nekketsu High School ID
This is actually a sticker for an IC card (like a contactless train pass/payment card/etc.) offered by Geo as a pre-order bonus with Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun SP, the new Kunio brawler coming to 3DS in Japan. It’s also offered by me now as a thing you can print out.
Lawson is also offering a soundtrack. I mention that in the interest of completeness, since we have neither Lawsons nor this game :/
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?
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…
Kunio-kun t-shirts, sold by Arc System Works in honor of the 3DS Renegade remake; like that 3DS game, the shirts are being sold not to me. That said, if I go to TGS this year, I will be totally on the lookout for a shirt of an NES sprite reacting to a punch. It sounds ridiculous when I look at it that way, but I guess I’m just a ridiculous person, because I’m fully serious about wearing that.
These shirts are, as far as I can tell, the only items on Arc’s online store that aren’t Blazblue themed. They love their Blazblue merch.
River City Ransom wallpaper by Bud (click for a larger image).
The Renegade remake for 3DS released in Japan this week! I wonder how many gamers over there noticed…
See also: More Renegade and Kunio stuff