River City Ransom sequel coming to Japan, western fans hold their breath

1989 was a banner year for humanity. The Berlin Wall fell, the Exxon Valdez drowned Alaska in oil, Beijing students rebelled in Tiananmen Square, and – perhaps more importantly -  River City Ransom made its NES debut in Japan.

It's been 22 years since Alex and Ryan punched, kicked and Stoned Handed their way into our nerdy hearts (21 for North Americans), but now thanks to Japanese studio Miracle Kidz, the duo may soon be coming out of retirement for a genuine sequel.

According to translated reports at Andriasang, a follow-up to the classic brawler/RPG called Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari 2 is on its way out east, with a handful of the series' original developers rumored to be lending their talents to its creation. The game is slated for release on home consoles in Japan this year, with a PC online game to follow in 2012.

No further details or news of a western port have been confirmed, but Miracle Kidz would be silly not to ship a River City Ransom sequel in some form to fans outside of Japan. It'd also be silly to tamper too much with the original's goofy charm and 2D style; traits that made it a favorite amongst NES owners back in the day, and later inspired Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World comic series. In short: Miracle Kidz would do well to avoid being silly, except where it counts.

[Source: Andriasang]

Mar 21, 2011

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  • rabidpotatochip - March 22, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    When we played RCR the real danger was the other player, not the bosses. My favorite part was when we tried picking up the other guy and using him as a weapon to beat everyone else on the screen. Then he'd inevitably get whacked into a street lamp.
  • EgonSpengler - March 22, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    If they make it 3D I will renounce all ties with the human race and live under the sea
  • PushesPaperInACircle - March 22, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    I loved this game as a kid. You basically kick the crap out of everybody from local high schools and neighborhoods. If this game happens, then the only thing from that era still needing a sequel is "Bad Dudes".
  • 510BrotherPanda - March 22, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    Don't forget, the Game Boy was released in the US in 1989, and (at least for California residents) the Loma Prieta Earthquake happened... I never played RCR, but I just realized that protagonists have the SAME names as my little sister and I...
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 22, 2011 3:05 a.m.

    "It's been 22 years since Alex and Ryan punched, kicked and Stoned Handed their way into our nerdy hearts..." So one of their attacks was the Stoned Hand? :P /endprgm-subversive_grammar_nazi
  • FauxFurry - March 22, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    Now more than ever, a Western release would be good not just for Japanese game companies but for their entire economy. Holding out on the fans in the West is bad for all parties involved (or uninvolved, as it were). It doesn't take a Miracle to make a game available via download services, but even if it did, these Kidz have the goods if their group name is remotely accurate.
  • smashpro1 - March 22, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    And I jizz in my pants...

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