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River City Ransom
Box artwork for River City Ransom.
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)Technos Japan (JP, NA), Infogrames Entertainment (EU)
Release date(s)
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NES
Flag of the United States.svg January, 1990
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Sharp X68000
Flag of Japan.svg April, 1990
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TurboGrafx-CD
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Game Boy Advance
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Wii
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Nintendo 3DS
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Wii U
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Nintendo Switch
Globe.svg September 192018 (Online)
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Xbox One
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PlayStation 4
Genre(s)Beat 'em up
System(s)NES, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-CD, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Players1-2
Rating(s)
CERO: CERO A.jpg All ages (Wii)
CERO: CERO B.jpg Ages 12 and up
ESRB: ESRB E10.png Everyone 10+
PEGI: PEGI 7.png Ages 7+
Followed byRiver City Ransom EX
SeriesKunio-kun
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For the Game Boy Advance remake, see River City Ransom EX.

River City Ransom (ダウンタウン熱血物語 Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari?, "Downtown Hot-blooded Story"), known as Street Gangs in Europe, is part of the long-running Kunio-kun series of beat 'em ups and sports games. Unlike other beat-'em-ups of the era it features a somewhat free-roam environment, reusable weapons, and a shopping system.

The plot is simple: Slick (Yamada) has kidnapped Ryan's (Riki) girlfriend, and has recruited gangs from the local high school to take over the River City. Alex and Ryan must fight their way into the school to rescue her, and save the city from Slick's cronies.

River City Ransom was ported to two systems. The Super CD port uses Redbook music and digital sound effects as well as improved graphics, while the X68000 version features an expanded game world. The game was later significantly redesigned by a different publisher, Atlus, for the Game Boy Advance and released as River City Ransom EX.

In 2020, it was translated in Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle as Downtown Nekketsu Story, with the original story and characters.

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