Natsume has announced plans to publish River City: Tokyo Rumble for the Nintendo 3DS in summer 2016. Originally released in October 2013 in Japan as Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun SP: Rantou Kyousoukyoku, Tokyo Rumble is a follow-up to the cult-classic NES game River City Ransom. The English version is expected to be playable at E3 in June.
The game is not to be confused with River City Ransom SP, Arc System Works’ 3DS remake of the original game, due out in Japan on April 28. A localization of that game has not yet been announced.
Tokyo Rumble is also separate from Conatus Creative’s independently-developed (but officially licensed) follow-up, River City Ransom: Underground, due out for PC in the coming months.
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the River City/Kunio-kun series that began in 1986 with the arcade title Renegade (aka Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun). The three upcoming titles are poised to celebrate that anniversary in full force.
Gameplay footage of the Japanese version of River City: Tokyo Rumble:
(YouTube credit: Video Game Heaven)
Full press release:
Burlingame, CA. – April 21, 2016 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that it will bring River City: Tokyo Rumble to the Nintendo 3DS this summer. River City: Tokyo Rumble continues the partnership established last year with Arc System Works, who owns the River City franchise. River City: Tokyo Rumble will be one of several Natsume titles playable at E3 2016, taking place June 14th – 16th 2016 in Los Angeles.
“We know there’s a loyal fanbase of the River City series in North America who have been asking for more of these addictive games to play!” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “Whether you’re a longtime River City fan or new to the series, there’s plenty of side-scrolling action to love.”
Originally launched as Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun SP: Rantou Kyousoukyoku in Japan, the game is part of a long-running series of side-scrolling RPG brawlers, sports games, and more. North Americans were first introduced to the series with River City Ransom on the NES, with an updated take on the game arriving several years later on the Game Boy Advance. Multiple spinoff games, including volleyball and fighting games, have followed.
“River City its celebrating its 30th anniversary in Japan in 2016, and we’re excited to be part of the celebration,” said Minoru Kidooka, CEO of Arc System Works. “We’re very excited to be continuing our partnership with Natsume, which included Gotcha Racing and Brave Tank Hero in 2015.”
River City: Tokyo Rumble follows the story of a hot-blooded high school student named Kunio and his good friends. When a nefarious gang moves into Tokyo to try to take it over, it’s up to this self-proclaimed “fighter for justice” and his buddies to make sure the streets stay safe!
Punch, kick, use weapons such as soccer balls, iron knuckles, chains, and even bicycles to knock some sense into those devious gang members. Take on jobs, level up your abilities, and don’t forget to stop on occasion for a snack or two at the local food joints. Luckily, smiles are free!
Key Features of River City: Tokyo Rumble –
· Play as Kunio, Riki, and other famous fighters from the River City series!
· Take on jobs to earn extra cash, special moves, and more!
· Take a break from the main story to fight in a 4-man Rumble or dodgeball match!
· Take on your friends using Local Play and Download Play!
· Unlock new characters, stages, and songs as you progress through the game!