|River City Ransom|
|Publisher(s)||Technos Japan (JP, NA), Infogrames Entertainment (EU)|
|Genre(s)||Beat 'em up|
|System(s)||NES, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-CD, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4|
|Followed by||River City Ransom EX|
|Neoseeker Related Pages|
|Twitch||River City Ransom Channel|
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.
Table of Contents
Beat 'em ups:Renegade (Special) · River City Ransom (EX, Rival Showdown) · Downtown Special Kunio-kun's Historical Period Drama! · Shodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun · Shin Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-tachi no Banka · Riki Densetsu · River City: Tokyo Rumble · Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki · River City: Knights of Justice · River City Ransom: Underground · River City Girls · Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!
Other: Downtown Nekketsu March Super-Awesome Field Day! (All Stars Special) · Go-Go! Nekketsu Hockey Club Slip-and-Slide Madness · Crash'n the Boys Street Challenge · Nekketsu Fighting Legend · Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari · Nekketsu! Street Basketball All-Out Dunk Heroes · Kunio no Oden · Nekketsu! Beach Volley da yo Kunio-kun · River City Super Sports Challenge · River City Melee: Battle Royal Special (Mach!!)