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11:15 AM on 05.01.2014

Here, have two Kunio RPG screens

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...

Dale North


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11:00 AM on 03.22.2014

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

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...

Jonathan Holmes

6:15 PM on 10.01.2013

River City Ransom: Underground's bike plans

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...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 09.29.2013

How to animate River City Ransom: Underground

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...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 09.15.2013

River City Ransom: Underground gets a piece of disaster

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...

Jonathan Holmes



Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out
by 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 available for your pleasure. Head on down to developer Exploding Rabbit's site to give the new revision a spin.

New to 3.0 are the levels from Super Mario Bros. Special, a Japan-only port / remake for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1; a difficulty system that drastically alters level layouts; and more skins for levels and characters to make them look like various other games on the NES, SNES, Game Boy, and so on. More tweaks and skins are planned for the future, but this is likely the last big update.

Exploding Rabbit is now hard at work on Super Retro Squad, which follows the style of Super Mario Crossover only with original characters and levels. While originally looking like an NES game, the graphics have been beefed up to a more detailed 16-bit style, though it looks like there may still be skins to "downgrade" the look to 8-bit and handheld styles. The game will also feature four-player online and local co-op. You can check the new screens below.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 Released [Exploding Rabbit]

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1:00 AM on 05.04.2013

Japan to get its own River City Ransom 3DS sequel

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...

Tony Ponce

12:30 PM on 04.29.2013

Deja vu! River City Ransom sequel coming next year

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...

Tony Ponce



Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner
by 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 darling fan tribute, Crossover is a tile-for-tile remake of Super Mario Bros. but with the ability to swap Mario out for a number of NES heroes, like Link, Bill Rizer, Simon Belmont, or Mega Man. The game was later expanded with more characters plus graphical skins to emulate the look of other NES, SNES, and Game Boy games.

Version 3.0, scheduled for some time in May or June, will introduce all new stages taken from Super Mario Bros. Special, an obscure Japanese exclusive for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1 home computers. There will also be rearranged stage layouts depending on your selected difficulty, so what was once a leisurely bridge stroll over a crystal clear lake could now be a perilous platforming challenge across a molten pool of lava.

Finally, I'd like to remind you that Exploding Rabbit is also working on an original title called Super Retro Squad, which is essentially Crossover just with new characters directly inspired by the NES stars. Once 3.0 is out and about, development on SRC will most certainly kick into high gear.

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 Trailer [Exploding Rabbit]

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3:00 PM on 11.13.2011

New River City Rampage/Renegade game makes me joy-barf

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...

Jonathan Holmes



TGS: The return of River City Ransom (sort of) photo
TGS: The return of River City Ransom (sort of)
by Allistair Pinsof

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 world.
 
It’s understandable then that some fans feared Arc System Works (Guilty Gear, BlazBlue) would muddy the series’ purity, but after getting some hands-on time with Hot-Blooded Tough Guy Kunio 3DS (Kunio-kun Supesharu) the new 3DS entry in the series I’m happy to say this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although I only got to play the game’s arcade mode, it retains the purity of the original.

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8:30 PM on 09.13.2011

New Renegade/River City Ransom game gets a teaser trailer

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...

Jonathan Holmes