Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki in 100 words

If the recently announced sequel to this fifth 3DS Kunio-kun title is a re-imagining of the classic River City Ransom then Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki is a re-imagining of River City Ransom’s true sequel (the period drama). To the uninitiated, Kunio-kun is an old-school side-scrolling brawler in the vein of Double Dragon but with added RPG stats. The only significant new content in almost 25 years are giant swords, four man gangs (CPU or local multi-player), a Battle Royal mode (it’s not Smash Bros.) and a Mission mode. It’s completely dumb, unashamedly retro, hugely over-priced but an absolute blast to play.

7/10

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