I'm In Love With This 8-Bit Akihabara

Kunio-kun is a game series that has been around since the NES era. While only a few of the Kunio games have been released in America, like River City Ransom and Super Dodge Ball on the NES, the series has resulted in over 20 titles in Japan in the past two decades.

But although the western versions of the games were highly localised, the Japanese versions have always taken place in Japan. The newest game, Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun SP: Rantou Kyousoukyoku (Hot-Blooded, Young and Tough Kunio-kun Special: Brawling Concerto), takes place in Tokyo and allows you to fight through many of the metropolis' most famous districts in retro 8-bit glory — including otaku heaven, Akihabara.

While it isn't a faithful building-to-building remake of the area, all the general landmarks are there — including arcades and the various shops. You even head into a knock-off version of Akihabara's Yodobashi Camera electronics store.

To see what it's like in action, check out the video above.

Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun SP: Rantou Kyousoukyoku was released in Japan on August 8, 2013. There is currently no word on a Western release.


    What makes it 8bit? Eurgh The term Retro or X-bit is becoming synonymous with hipster gamers.

      I totally agree. Nothing 8-bit about this, or many of the things people have been touting as being 8-bit lately.

        I think the most recent 8-bit game I've played would be Mega Man 10... That came out a couple of years ago. However, if you're looking at 16-bit games, there have been quite a few in the last couple of years.

        Last edited 03/10/13 1:25 pm

    I love that it still looks just like River City Random. There's a kickstarter going on for a licensed sequel. It's really close to getting funded also.

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