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Arc System Works

Arc System Works buys out Double Dragon, River City Ransom rights


Nice
Jun 12
// Chris Carter
Arc System Works has just informed Destructoid that it has acquired the rights to Double Dragon, the Kunio-Kun series (River City Ransom), and Super Dodge Ball. Whoa. I'm totally ok with this! In case you've forgotten, A...
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Here, have two Kunio RPG screens


And a sad
May 01
// Dale North
I know two screenshots aren't much to work with, but who knows if this Kunio RPG will ever be localized, so we'll take what we can get. Beatdowns in a Dragon Quest-style fantasy world is what we're working with in Hot-Bl...
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River City Ransom

New Kunio-Kun game has magic, headed to 3DS eShop


It'll take some real hocus pocus to get this one localized...
Mar 22
// Jonathan Holmes
We're getting a new River City Ransom game soon enough, and that's darn exciting. What's less exciting is the fact that a bunch of new Kunio-Kun games have been announced for the 3DS over the past few years, but none of them...

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River City Ransom

River City Ransom: Underground's bike plans


What that... peabrain?
Oct 01
// Jonathan Holmes
I check the River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter everyday in hopes for the announcement of new features and/or that they've met their funding. Every once in a while I find something new on the page that was either added...
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River City Ransom

How to animate River City Ransom: Underground


Animation is hard!
Sep 29
// Jonathan Holmes
During last week's live questions session on Podtoid, a bunch of you asked me to do a tutorial on how to make sprite artwork. What a bad idea! I'm flattered that people thought Constructoid and Runner looked OK, but if you w...
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River City Ransom

River City Ransom: Underground gets a piece of disaster


BARF!
Sep 15
// Jonathan Holmes
River City Ransom was a pioneer in so many ways. It was brought RPG-style leveling, attack acquisition, and item hunting to the cute co-op beat-'em-up genre nearly 20 years before Castle Crashers was released. It was also on...
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Super Mario Crossover

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out


Work on the team's original game, Super Retro Squad, is progressing slowly
Aug 03
// Tony Ponce
Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now a...
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Hot-Blooded Tough Guy

Japan to get its own River City Ransom 3DS sequel


Pompadours all up in this mother
May 04
// Tony Ponce
A fresh-faced dev called Combit Studios recently announced plans to do a proper River City Ransom sequel for Western audiences. If you happen to live in Japan, that news probably wasn't anything special, considering you get a...
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River City Ransom 2

Deja vu! River City Ransom sequel coming next year


Indie dev Combit Studios is working closely with IP holder Million Co.
Apr 29
// Tony Ponce
A sequel to classic NES brawler River City Ransom? Hmmm... now where have I heard that before...? That's right! Back in 2011, a Japanese studio called Miracle Kidz was working on just such a project for PC and home console di...
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Super Mario Crossover 3.0

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner


Third major version of the star-studded fan game coming in May or June
Apr 28
// Tony Ponce
Three years ago as of yesterday, indie dev Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover was unleashed online, and the reception couldn't have been warmer. For the benefit of the unfortunate few who haven't heard of this da...
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New River City Rampage/Renegade game makes me joy-barf


Nov 13
// Jonathan Holmes
I was a little worried when our man in Japan Allistair Pinsof previewed Hot-Blooded Tough Guy Kunio Kun 3D a few months back. The mode he had the opportunity to play was based off of the original Renegade, and as Conrad Zimm...

TGS: The return of River City Ransom (sort of)

Sep 15 // Allistair Pinsof
Since I only played the arcade mode, it’s hard to say whether Hot Blooded Tough Guy for the 3DS is a remake of the original entry in the Kunio-kun series that its named after – otherwise known as Renegade in the States – or a new game in the franchise that shares its name. In either case, the game is styled after River City Ransom in both its visuals and combat.In fact, it’d be difficult to distinguishes the game from its NES counter-part if it weren’t for the 3D perspective that separates the characters from the backdrops. The depth of field helps make the beat ‘em up action much easier to follow, especially with the addition of character’s shadows (something missing from previous series entries). Gauging a jump kick is much more manageable, as a result.The Arcade Mode, lifted from the original Renegade, pits you in enclosed arenas against a horde of enemies. Beat them under 3 minutes and you move on to the next location and enemy set. The Kunio-kun series is known for its RPG and exploration elements, which are unfortunately not a part of Arcade mode. So, it’s hard to comment on what the finished game will offer, but I had fun with the back-to-basics approach to combat. The addition of a “pop-up book” meets 16-bit perspective is just a bonus. The game is slated to come out soon in Japan, but there is no U.S. release date yet. Here's hoping Arc System Works bring this old-school beat 'em up tribute overseas.
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River City Ransom is often discussed as being an influential game or a game ahead of its time. It’s easy to forget that it’s also a really good game that holds up, despite its simple controls and modestly sized ...

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New Renegade/River City Ransom game gets a teaser trailer


Sep 13
// Jonathan Holmes
In the 80's, the idea of street punks with poofy hair was really big in Japan. It was that concept that spawned that Nekketsu Kouha Kunio Kun (known as Renegade in the states), and its sequel, River City Ransom. In Japa...

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