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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!

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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.
Poor Senran Kagura Burst, though! XSEED somehow has to compete with this game today… To see more of the many, many, many eShop games out today, check our releases page! Image via oktotally.
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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.

Poor Senran Kagura Burst, though! XSEED somehow has to compete with this game today… To see more of the many, many, many eShop games out today, check our releases page! Image via oktotally.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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River City Ransom and Super Mario Bros. 2 coming to 3DS eShop in Japan. Mannnn, so jealous of people with a portable version of River City Ransom! I played the GBA version obsessively until I got so overpowered I could basically just run through the whole game in a straight line.

These arrive on Nov. 28 for ¥500 each. This week in Japan: Pac-Man…!

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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…
Buy: River City Hooligans, River City Sports Challenge
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See also: More Renegade and Kunio stuff
[Via Bud, Kazu’s Ice Box; Thanks, Laethiel!]

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…

Buy: River City HooligansRiver City Sports Challenge

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[Via BudKazu’s Ice Box; Thanks, Laethiel!]

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.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS (Flame Red, Black, & Blue)

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Downtown Special: It’s Kunio’s Period Piece, Assemble Everyone!!, or Technos Samurai, patched with a new English translation released a couple months ago.

This Japan-only Famicom game was a follow-up to River City Ransom that had Kunio and friends acting out a period play taking place in Medieval Japan. I brought it up because, as you might have heard, Miracle Kidz is crafting a modern sequel to River City Ransom that will release for consoles in Japan this summer and on PCs next year.

Miracle Kidz, which is working with some ex-Technos staff, is the same doujin group that released River City Dodge Ball All Stars!! for PC and XBLIG not too long ago. The team is also releasing a WiiWare port for that dodgeball title to Japan in two months.

If we’re lucky, publishers will overlook that hardly anyone bought River City Soccer Hooligans or River City Super Sports Challenge last year, and will decide to localize these games in the U.S. anyway.

See also: A bunch more Kunio posts

[Via Andriasang]

Poseable Kunio-kun figures (River City Ransom) shown off at Treasure Festa 2010. Tomopop, which posted most of these photos of Alex/Kunio and the gang, didn’t share any details about who made the toys or where you can buy them, but I’m not certain this is a new set. If it is, hopefully import shops will stock them soon!

Unfortunately, you can’t undress them to re-enact River City Ransom's famous sauna scenes. Or any other nude scenes you might have in mind.

Buy: River City Ransom for GBA

See also: More Kunio news you can use

[Via Tomopop, Izumi]

Remade boxart from a recent NES Cover Art Jam. The new Double Dragon II and Iron Sword pieces actually surpass the originals (though I’m sure Fabio fans will disagree)!

List of artists (by order in the slideshow):

  • Double Dragon II by Ben Camberos
  • Castlevania III by Gerardo Ramirez
  • Super Mario Bros. by Mick Collins
  • River City Ransom by Ray Ocampo
  • Iron Sword by Carlos Lerma

This re-illustrated Crystalis cover by Lamar Abrams wasn’t part of the jam but definitely merits mentioning.

See also: More Double Dragon stuff (all these posts rock)

[Via Carlos Lerma, Gamefreaks]

River City Ransom keychain by Donna “The Arcade Artist” Pike, commemorating one of the most memorable moments of the game: the time some asshole hit you in the face.
See also: More Kunio junk, More of Donna’s work (GSW)

River City Ransom keychain by Donna “The Arcade Artist” Pike, commemorating one of the most memorable moments of the game: the time some asshole hit you in the face.

See also: More Kunio junk, More of Donna’s work (GSW)