02. Aug, 2016 18:02 (HKT)

Are We Having Fun Yet? River City: Tokyo Rumble 3DS US Physical Release!

Natsume is localizing the River City Ransom remake ...BARF!

Nintendo 3DS [Beat 'Em Up] US Release: Sept 13th, 2016

In River City: Tokyo Rumble, the original Famicom/NES title has been lovingly recreated for today's expectations. Aside from the new details to sprites, updated graphics, and smoother animations exhibiting an additional level of complexity, a wealth of added extra features are now available; fans of the first title will find so much more than just nostalgia, and newcomers will be taken aback by how deep this beat 'em up actually is.

The biggest change are the combat differences. There are new techniques and combos, as well as unseen Special Moves. If these special moves are used over and over, they will evolve and become explosive Super Special Moves, perfect for when single handedly taking out an entire gang.

There's also the introduction of consecutive attacks which allow players to extend their combos to overpowering levels; the other new feature to combat are the Nekketsu counters, to be used when swarmed by enemies, essential for the tougher more aggressive gangs later in the game.

Another reason to revisit this remake are changes to the traditional way of leveling up; before, players had to beat up thugs, take their cash, and then go to any of the many local stores for consumable items that would increase stats. This still remains and is now bolstered but the introduction of EXP which acts in the same way as consumable items. On top of this, players can also equip specific items - either bought or as enemy drops; each piece of equipment adds bonus skills for extra character depth and development.

Aside from the graphical updates, there's also new areas and event scenes; to take it even further, Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari SP even features Day/Night cycles, so expect to see events exclusive to certain times, pushing this title towards a more action rpg vibe.

With all this new content in an already proven game, players who enjoy a fast paced beat em up with a level of complexity that has inspired almost every other beat em to come afterwards, River City: Tokyo Rumble is the end all be all. The story mode can be co-opped, and extra modes can be accessed via download play or local ad hoc! Which begs us to ask, "Are we having fun yet?"
River City: Tokyo Rumble (Nintendo 3DS™, US)  sold
Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari SP (Nintendo 3DS™, JPN) US$ 38.99 1w

(Japanese Gameplay Trailer)

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