E3 2016: River City Tokyo Rumble in the Bronx/Beyond

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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River City Tokyo Rumble | oprainfall

After a very long hiatus, Natsume is bringing back the obscure Japanese brawler with River City Tokyo Rumble. The original, River City Ransom, came out for the NES back in 1990 and gained a cult following. A few remakes and dodgeball spin-offs was all that could keep audiences mildly satiated while they waited for a real follow-up. Over 25 years of waiting and now we are being treated to a true sequel done in true retro fashion.

The Japanese trailer for River City Tokyo Jungle. It released in Japan in 2013.

The story hasn’t changed much in the two and half decades since the original; friends Kunio and Riki are out to keep the streets of Tokyo safe from a certain ‘nefarious gang.’ Many thugs will stand in your way, but will easily fall to your plethora of weapons. Do bats, bicycles, brass knuckles, or rubber balls sound good to you? Speaking of which, you can take some time off and play in depth games of dodge ball online or off. You can earn money working odd jobs, buy new items and accessories all while unlocking characters and stages throughout the main story. 

Even though River City Tokyo Rumble isn’t coming out until this summer on 3DS, Natsume has a surprise to everyone at E3. If you visit booth 513 in the South Hall, you can give this game a rumble. There’s been no word on pricing, but the physical edition in Japan retails for about $40 USD, so it could be something similar. However, it’s most likely going to be a digital-only copy which will hopefully knock down the cost.

As a final treat Natsume provided a ton of artwork for the game. I curated the top 12 pics for your perusal and enjoyment below.

About Leif Conti-Groome

Leif Conti-Groome is a writer/playwright/video game journalist whose work has appeared on websites such as NextGen Player, Video Game Geek and DriveinTales. His poem Ritual won the 2015 Broadside Contest organized by the Bear Review. While he grew up playing titles such as Final Fantasy VI and Super Double Dragon, he doesn’t really have a preference for genre these days except for Country; that’s a game genre right? Leif’s attention has been more focused on the burgeoning communities of niche Japanese titles, eSports and speedruns. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and makes a living as a copywriter.