River City Ransom

Welcome to Wolf Gamers! As this blog is pretty new, you may be wondering, who are these two people posting here?

Well, I figure, the best way to get to know a gamer is by getting to know their favorite games.

So, without further ado, let me tell you about one of mine, the NES cult classic River City Ransom!

River City Ransom Box

I hold your city captive & Ryan’s girlfriend hostage. With my gangs of Students & evil bosses, nobody can stop me now. Meet my demands – or else!… P.S. Alex & Ryan if you interfere, you’ll be in for the fight of your lives!

And so begins one of the most gloriously twisted Beat Em Ups ever released in English.  River City Ransom successfully blended the typical Beat Em Up style that its creator Technos was known for (thanks to the success of the Double Dragon franchise) with RPG elements and an off kilter sense of humor (*BARF!*) to produce something wholly unique and greater than the sum of its parts.

As you make your way from CrossTown High School to Slick’s HQ by way of seemingly every mall in town, you’ll pound the crud out of members of a variety of gangs such as “The Generic Dudes”, “The Cowboys”,  and “The Frat Guys”, using whatever is at hand,  whether it be a gang member’s chain, a large rock, or a discarded tire. While visiting the malls, a large number of stores are available to you, and you can use the pocket change you’ve pick-pocketed from your foes to buy a health or stat boosting snack from one of the many fast food joints, a book to learn a new technique, or even a fresh pair of boots (to improve the damage you inflict with butt-kicking abilities, natch).

Sadly, Technos went out of business, but luckily a company called Million bought the intellectual rights to the games and characters of the Kunio-Kun series (of which River City Ransom is a part, as “Dauntaun Nekketsu Monogatari“).

This led to the release of an enhanced version of the game called River City Ransom EX in 2004 for the Game Boy Advanced and a re-release of the NES version on the Wii Virtual Console in 2008 (the PAL version, Street Gangs, was also re-released on the VC in 2008).  At 500 Wii Points, you would be doing yourself a disservice not to give it a try.

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