River City Girls might’ve gotten released recently at time of writing but we can have plenty of Nekketsu High related fun for free with these two fangames.
Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu or River City Ransom: Tournament Edition as the old Hardcore Gaming 101 look at the series accurately describes it does away with the open world design in favour of a straight two-on-two fighting tournament set up by whoever the next guys in a long line of guys who want to screw with protags Kunio and Riki. You’d best take the word straight with a grain of salt, this being a series centered around high school delinquents after all. Matches took place in arenas filled with hazards such as spiked floors, electrified walls and land mines. KD Remake is even less straight as weapons such as bats, chain whips, hand grenades and dodge balls are strewn about the arenas.
A scene showing the four character types: Brawler, Fighter, Kung-Fu and Girl.
If all KD Remake did was dispense with the sprite flicker that plagued the NES original it would have done its service but it goes the extra mile by increasing the max player count to eight which is crazy. Bored with two versus two? How about two versus two vs four free players or three vs three vs two or whatever lop-sided match-ups you want. Don’t feel like playing (why?) well you can have the AI play as everyone and sim matches. There’s a story mode that you can customise out the wazoo, pretty much like every mode in this game. Didn’t check to see if you could use your story character in other modes I forgot to save :"(.
Story mode lets you enter your name, DOB and blood type to get a generated character.
All the graphics and sound are just lying around in folders so you change stuff easily. There’s some mods out there if you want to find 'em. This is seriously one of the best hot seat games on PC. If you don’t want to Googletrans the readme and just want to get into the game without hitting random keys then Player 1 control is set to joypad if you’ve got one connected otherwise it’s Y, B, G, J and A, S, D, W which is a key bind set that you might want to change those.
The game is only a Google search away but I threw it up on the drive with the others.
The top one is story mode, the bottom one key config and there’s a battle mode in there somewhere.
A remake of Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zen’in Shūgō!. Pretty much River City Ransom as a period piece which the characters are acting out so it’s back to more familiar territory. No translation for this one so maybe it would be a good idea to play the NES game alongside it as there’s a patch out for that one. Sorry I can’t do more but what help would I be I can’t even figure out if it was by the same guy who did KD Remake or not. This time Player 1 controls start out as either joypad or the ARROW KEYS, RSHIFT, ENTER.
Let’s get the Boss and Gringo, the Red Brigade too.
Run around beating up gangs and spend the money gained from shaking them down on stuff that increases your stats and new fighting techniques which is all par for the course. If you chip away at the gangs you can grind them for cash. There’s a lot of downtime between hunting gangs with screen after screen of nothing but nice backgrounds and uneven terrain which make it an interesting trip but the layouts are confusing. Often you’ll be thinking that you’re going in the right direction but you’ll end up somewhere completely different. I didn’t find the map super useful in that regard but maybe you’ll have more luck.
If you’re getting beaten up too much you can either get some mates around and tackle the game with four players or change the difficulty level in-game on the pause menu, second row third from left. Once selected, it’s obvious that it’s the row at the top with all the text. Of further interest is the menu option directly before it, that’s where you can influence your partner’s actions. This is why it’s a good idea to emulate the NES original so you can get a better idea of what the menus do even if they don’t exactly match up. Those of you that have a lot of mates, around seven, can enjoy a similar amount of fun with the battle mode that you got with KD Remake.
First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women.
Also by the author: more remakes: King Of Kings G is a strategy dealie and SPY vs SPY vs SPY vs SPY is a mouthful but actually the classic game of the famous MAD Magazine strip.
Developer’s site. Make sure you get the BGMs as well so you’ve got something to listen to.