[PS4] DOUBLE DRAGON & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle Review
DOUBLE DRAGON & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle is a collection that packs 18 games, with more than half of them localized in English for the first time! Find out more in our DOUBLE DRAGON & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle review!
DOUBLE DRAGON & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle, consists of 18 titles including 7 DOUBLE DRAGON and Kunio-kun vintage games from the 80’s and 90’s, and all 11 Kunio-kun classic titles from the Family Computer Disk System that have been localized into English for the first time ever. Game genres vary from side-scrolling action, beat-’em-up, sports, and action RPG. Online play mode is available for all titles, and a total of 55 in-game missions are waiting for you to obtain nicknames and avatars to show off to your friends! Can you complete all the games?
Let’s start by breaking down everything the collection has to offer, starting with the games that were previously released here. Double Dragon is not part of the bundle’s title for nothing, as there are three games present in here. Viewed by a lot of people (including me) as one of the series that popularized the beat ’em up genre, the three titles are as good as they were when they landed on the Nintendo Entertainment System – the NES – decades ago.
Then there are four titles that don’t seem related to each other – if you looked at their name – but that are, in fact, part of the Kunio-kun series. The first is Renegade, another classic beat ’em up title which starred Kunio in his quest to rescue his girlfriend. Super Dodge Ball was a four vs. four dodgeball game starring Kunio, where your goal was to hit the other team’s players until all their HP has dropped. Then comes River City Ransom, a semi open-world beat â€˜em up yet again starring Kunio, the same guy that is kidnapped in the excellent River City Girls that I reviewed last year. And then, there is Crash â€™n the Boys Street Challenge, a sports title that has you completing activities such as 400m hurdle runs – in which you can throw parts of a broken hurdle at your opponent -, hammer throwing, with a weird set of rules, and a few other events where the sport itself is not the only means to win.
Then we enter the 11 titles that have not been released here before. Nekketsu Renegade Kunio-kun, Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club, Downtown Nekketsu Story and Surprise! Nekketsu New Records! The Distant Gold Medal are the original Japanese versions of the four Kunio-kun titles I’ve already mentioned. However, the link between the four is more noticeable when looking at the titles. Then we have Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club â€“ Soccer Story, Kunio’s venture into soccer with a more arcade-style approach, with only six players per team and the possibility of hitting your opponents in any way you can with no penalties! Another soccer title is present in the bundle with Kunio-kun’s Nekketsu Soccer League. We also have a hockey game in Go-Go! Nekketsu Hockey Club Slip-and-Slide Madness, with some four vs. four action. Completing the sports games is Nekketsu! Street Basketball All-Out Dunk Heroes, an arcade-style basketball game that existed before the likes of NBA Jam invaded the arcades and our homes.
Still a bit sports-related is Downtown Nekketsu March Super-Awesome Field Day!, some kind of four players race in a parkour-style where you end up climbing walls, swimming, running and jumping, and also throwing whatever you find at your opponents to slow them down! Downtown Special Kunio-kun’s Historical Period Drama! is another beat ’em up like River City Ransom, revolving around the idea of a multi-school drama play that ends up in punches. And finally Nekketsu Fighting Legend, a four-player fighting game that instantly felt like a retro Super Smash Bros. title.
Visually, we’re talking about games that are decades old, so the graphics are obviously not stellar by today’s standards. Still, they’ve done a nice job of fixing some bugs and glitches for the majority of the games to ensure you get a smooth experience in the 21st century. Without going into the details of all the games, I’ll try to summarize my impressions with a few highlights. One thing’s for sure, having the three Double Dragon games all at the same place is a great start. Those games are some of the first titles I played in my gaming life and are still great beat ’em ups. My other big highlight goes to River City Ransom, which I don’t remember playing back then and is actually awesome. The fact that it has a semi open-world concept in a beat ’em up is a really cool feature, especially for a game from back in the day.
Moving on to the sports titles, I ended up with pretty much the same feeling for all of them, which is unfortunately not that positive. The main problem was Â¿with the AI, which I found incredibly tough. For example, in Crash â€™n the Boys Street Challenge in the 400m run, no matter how quickly I mashed the buttons to run faster, I always ended up way behind my opponent, getting hurdle parts thrown at my face without any chance at making a comeback.
As for the trophies, it will prove to be a little challenging to get the Platinum trophy. Since there are a lot of games in this collection, the trophy list includes three trophies per game for you to get. Although some trophies might end up being easier, things like clearing the three Double Dragon games (without dying for the third one) will be quite a feat to pull off.
This bundle is an interesting one if you’re a fan of the Kunio-kun series, but the price tag might feel high for some since we have bundles like the SEGA Genesis Collection with plenty of titles at a similar price. You do need to remember that many of the games in this bundle are getting localized to English for the first time, which is going to be a big draw for some. Are you ready for a ton of beat ’em up action (and some sports games to play)?
Price: $39.99 USD
PSN Game Size: 490MB
This DOUBLE DRAGON & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by by Arc System Works.