Nekketsu Koha Kunio-kun

Nekketsu Koha Kunio-kun (arcade)  1986

 

Emulation: mame

 

First isometric beat 'em up, first beat 'em up used 4-directional control, more advanced punch-jump-kick play action, first game to use combos in fight

 

Released  in USA as Renegade

 

Arcade system: Taito Licensed Games

Nekketsu Koha Kunio-kun
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Nekketsu Koha Kunio-kun
cabinet of "Renegade"

 Trivia:
1) Renegade is a video game released in American and European arcades in 1986 by Taito. It is a westernized conversion (including changes to all of the sprites and backgrounds) of the Japanese arcade game Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (which roughly translates to "Hot-Blooded Tough Guy Kunio"),
Instead of the damsel-in-distress plot of Renegade, Kunio-kun instead featured the titular high school student, Kunio, standing up for his bullied friend Hiroshi.
2) It is an immediate technological predecessor to "Double Dragon".
3) In addition to an eight-direction joystick, there are three buttons; left attack, right attack, and jump. Pressing the attack in the direction the character is facing will punch, while attacking in the opposite direction will perform a rear kick. Jumping, followed immediately by one of the attack buttons, which will perform a jumping kick in the direction of the attack.
Pressing the joystick twice quickly either left or right will cause the player to run, at which point attacking in the direction of the run will perform a running punch, jumping will automatically perform a flying kick, and attacking in the opposite direction will bring the player to a sudden halt and perform a back-kick.
4) The title of the Japanese version was influenced by Konami's arcade game, Shinnyuushain Tooru-Kun (known outside of Japan as Mikie).

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