|Shodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun|
|Genre(s)||Beat 'em up|
|Preceded by||Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantou-hen|
|Followed by||Shin Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-tachi no Banka|
|Twitch||Shodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun Channel|
Shodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun (初代 熱血硬派くにおくん?) is part of the long-running Kunio-kun series of beat 'em ups and sports games. It is the sequel to Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantou-hen (released outside Japan as Double Dragon II) and was followed in turn by Shin Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-tachi no Banka.
The game was only released in Japan (and only in Japanese); in March 2007 the fan translation team Aeon Genesis fully localised the game into English. The patch is available from this page. This guide is written using the patch, but provides katakana and romaji translations where appropriate.
The story opens with a group of students from Nekketsu High School (led by the series' protagonist Kunio) arriving in the city of Osaka. Before long Kunio and his friends discover that not all is well; much like in River City Ransom, gangs of students have decided to take control of the town using their combined strength.
While it is sometimes referred to as "River City Ransom 2" the gameplay is significantly different; defeated enemies give experience points rather than money, and only a few items can be purchased by collecting Prepaid Cash Cards from fallen enemies. While the environments are somewhat less restricted the story progression is still linear, and there are also random battles with strangers rather than pre-determined gang members. Once a battle initiates the screen scrolling locks until the battle is over.
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 · River City Girls Zero · 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! · River City Girls 2
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!!)