While the original and beloved NES version of River City Ransom had a number of spin-offs in Japan, it’s only the first that actually came to the US and charmed a generation. There was a remake in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, but we haven’t had a real follow-up… until now.
Yes, it’s a real sequel, developed by Miracle Kids and will be designed with online play in mind. It should be released in 2012 in Japan as Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari 2 (Downtown hot-blooded story 2) — and although there are no plans at the moment to release it in the US, I think it’s a no-brainer. Interestingly, it’s coming out for consoles and PC. Didn’t see that coming.
Man, the original was just great all the way through. If you have a Wii, grab it on the virtual console and give it a playthrough with a friend. Still one of the best beat-em-ups out there.