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Because someone on the River City Girls /v/ thread asked me to. Note that this doesn't cover anything past what the rules allow (like River City: Rival Showdown or the upcoming River City Girls). This isn't exactly a crosspost either, since there's a lotta info here not on the original write-up.

>What is Kunio-kun?

A classic but also still on-going series of video games usually about a hot-blooded high school kid known as Kunio beating up a city of thugs single-handedly in a day with his bare fists or a trash can. Its first game, Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun, is said to be the very first beat-em-up after Kung-Fu, and is what later inspired the Double Dragon series.

Occasionally, however, he's the sports leader for everything under the sun, and fully endorses beating the shit out of the enemy team as a valid strategy. So his series is mainly a mix of beat-em-ups, and sports games where you beat them up. There's also a puzzle game and a platform fighter that came out way before Smash Bros. existed. Most people know his games but never really made the connection, since any games that went to the west were all under different names: Renegade, Super Dodge Ball, River City Ransom, Nintendo World Cup, and Crash 'N The Boys: Street Challenge, If you've played any of these games, you've played a Kunio-kun game. If you've played Double Dragon II: The Revenge on Game Boy, you've also played a Kunio-kun game.

This huge list of games will be separated into 3 parts: The beat-em-ups, the sports, and the miscellany. Because of this it might not be in perfect chronological order.

<The Beat-Em-Ups

>Renegade (Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun) (NES, Arcade)

The very game that Double Dragon would later be based off of, and is pretty much considered the very first beat-em-up right after Kung-fu. As such it's very primitive, even more so on NES. In the arcade version you just beat goons but in the NES version there's also a bike scene and overall more "modes" than the arcade, and could be considered overall harder. Play if you want to get your history on, but note, it's very primitive and rough around the edges

>River City Ransom (Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari) (NES, X68000, PC Engine)

An "open-world" beat-em-up where you fight down thugs, go to shops, eat the food (and drinks, and plates), then go back to beating thugs. Find the bosses, beat them, then get to River City High/Reiho High and beat the shit out of everything so you can save Riki/Ryan's girl. I've only played the NES version, so I'm not sure how the others play, but they have pretty jammin' tunes.

>Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantō Hen (Game Boy)

A traditional beat-em-up that's okay. This was released in the west as Double Dragon II: The Revenge. If you can somehow get your hands on it, good for you.

>Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zen'in Shūgō! (Famicom, Game Boy)

River City Ransom but improved overall, this game even has a map function of sorts and is set in samurai times. You even get an AI partner who's actually pretty decent.

>Shodai Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (Super Famicom)

What many fans call River City Ransom 2. Beat up literally anyone in your path, even the civilian women, to level up, because everyone wants to fight you. One huge minus is the fact that there are kinda random encounters that are always inescapable.

>Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka (Super Famicom)

Traditional beat-em-up where Kunio and Riki get framed for a murder and have to escape jail to clear their name. Features two insanely cute delinquent chicks. Instead of extra lives, you have a party system with four characters that play somewhat differently.

>River City Ransom EX (Gameboy Advance)

Honestly if you don't have anyone to play the original RCR with, this is a great alternative. It's RCR but with more moves, more customization, a new engine, and the ability to either make your own squad or fly solo/with Riki depending on how you handle fights. I've been trying to hunt down special versions that were released in Japan only alongside the Wiiware Dodgeball game but no luck. Those feature insanely hard secret boss fights, and the Jewtube embed is related.

Apparently there are different versions noted with different "stars" somewhere, but that's just rumors as far as I know


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<The Sports

>Super Dodgeball (Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu) (Arcade, NES, X68000, and at some point PC Engine, Game Boy port later, and eventually a sequel on SNES, then an all-new remake for Neo Geo)

Lead Kunio and his gang to victory by finding a way to beat the life out of everyone with only a dodgeball. The PC Engine version, Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: PC Bangai Hen, is a special version of the original Dodge Ball which combines the graphics and teams of the arcade version with the emphasis on character-specific statistics and team formation. Features an arcade-style mode and a plot-oriented Quest Mode where Kunio gets his ass beat by a fucking alien and he and his crew have to euthanize them with dodgeballs.

>Nintendo World Cup (Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: Soccer Hen) (NES, X68000, Game Boy, at some point the PC engine, and ironically enough the Sega Drive)

Play some soccer/football and beat the shit out of the opposing team on the way. There's really not too much to say, it's simple as it gets. I think the PC Engine version (Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: CD Soccer Hen) is the definitive edition but I'm not too sure about that.

>Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai (NES, PC Engine, and later Game Boy)

A game that can be played with up to 4 players. Lead Nekketsu against 3 other rival schools in four different competitions, no holds barred, and beat the shit out of them too.

>Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey Bu: Subette Koronde Dairantō (Unreleased Title: Crash 'N The Boys: Ice Challenge) (NES)

One of Kunio's pals has self-esteem issues with his hockey team. Kunio uppercuts the fuck out of him and tells him to be a man, and then takes charge of his own hockey team and goes on a rampage. In short, hockey but you beat the shit out of everything. This was meant to be released in the US as the noted unreleased title, but for some reason never went far.

>Crash 'N The Boys: Street Challenge (Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal) (NES, Game Boy)

Kunio's bloodlust grows. Now no longer content with beating the shit out of people with hockey sticks, he resorts to spiking people like they were dodgeballs and drowning his victims.

A sequel to Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai, lead Kunio's team and toss Reiho's shit in through 5 different events: Hurdle Jumping (toss broken wood at your opponent), Hammer Throw Golf, ride on unicycles across rooftops, swimming (where the goal is to literally drown your opponent), and just flat-out judo. The GB version replaced one of these with a game where you have to jump from a long building and fight for an umbrella to slow your fall if I remember right.

>Kunio-kun no Nekketsu Soccer League (NES)

Kunio takes his rampage world-wide yet again. It's soccer/football but overall upgraded with stuff like weather effects and so-on.

>Nekketsu! Street Basket: Ganbare Dunk Heroes (NES)

Kunio shows dirty gaijin Americans how to play basketball, since he didn't get enough with Dodgeball. It's 2-on-2 street basketball where, you guessed it, you beat the shit out of anyone in your path. There's all sorts of gimmicks too, like teleporting enemies, or using the subways to your advantage like warp pipes.

>Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari: Yakyū de Shōbu da! Kunio-kun (SNES)

Baseball. Really from what I've seen it's just okay, but as far as I know there's no translation and there's some menu strategies needed to really play this.

>Nekketsu! Beach Volley da yo: Kunio-kun (Game Boy)

The last Game Boy game for Kunio, what you see is what you get. It's beach volleyball, and I've yet to play this so I dunno how good or bad it is.


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>Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu (Famicom)

Not a beat-em-up and I'm not exactly sure if it could be counted as a sport game, but it's a 4-player 2-on-2 platform fighter that came way before Smash bros. Also features a custom character that's made based on your date of birth and blood type. I feel like the game's usually a curbstomp until the final boss, but it's great fun. There's tons of obstacles you use to your advantage.

>Kunio no Oden (Super Famicom)

A puzzle game that's sorta like Puyo Puyo? It's hard to explain how to play it since I've also yet to play this, but essentially it's one huge, cutesy eating competition

Since the series is still ongoing, if you wanna give money to them while still playing classic games, you can get Kunio-kun: The World Classics collection for most modern gaming stations including PC (but it's all Japan-only) and be able to play most of the NES/Famicom classics, both original and an updated version that helps reduce lag in some games. I've also got a collection of translated and untranslated Kunio games, and while it doesn't feature everything (would if it could), it at least features most of the classic NES games and a couple SNES games. There's also a 3DS game in the mix but it should be easily noticeable and easy to skip.


Other than that, Kunio discussion thread I guess. One of the biggest mysteries, for anyone willing to hunt them down, is the River City Ransom/Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari EX 2007 hacks and seeing if the "stars" thing is real. Again, the Jewtube embed here is an example.


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Great series. I will try to collaborate with the team sometime soon. Nothing else to comment; the games excels. Unfortunately, quite unknown on the west side of things.

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>Renegade (Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun) (NES, Arcade)

Proud owner of the Master System version, play that version instead. Even if the bosses are all 6'4.

I've also heard good things about the Spectrum 128K port as well.

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