Nekketsu Renegade Kunio-kun

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Renegade
DeveloperTechnōs, Arc System Works
PublisherTechnōs
Tec Toy (Master System in Brazil)
Arc System Works
Hamster (Arcade Archives)
Retro-Bit (Generations)
SystemsArcade, Amstrad CPC, Spectrum, Famicom, NES, C64, DOS, Thomson MO, Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, SMS, GBA, PS2, Wii, 3DS, Wii U, PS4, Super Retro Cade, Switch, Windows, Xbox One
ReleasedNekketsu Renegade Kunio-kun
Arcade JP: May 1986
Famicom JP: April 17, 1987
GBA JP: 2005
PS2 JP: January 26, 2006
Wii (Virtual Console) JP: March 18, 2008
3DS (Virtual Console) JP: April 3, 2013
Wii U (Virtual Console) JP: January 15, 2014
PS4 (Arcade Archives) WW: July 24, 2014
3DS (Bundle) JP: December 8, 2016
Retro-Bit Generations III JP: December 23, 2017
Switch (Arcade Archives) WW: June 28, 2018
PS4, Switch (Bundle) JP: December 20, 2018
Windows (Bundle) JP: November 11, 2019
PS4, Switch, One (Bundle) WW: February 20, 2020
Renegade
Arcade NA: December 1986
Amstrad CPC EU: 1987
ZX Spectrum EU: 1987
NES EU/NA: January 1988
C64 EU/NA: 1988
DOS EU/NA: 1988
Thompson MO EU: 1988
Amiga EU/NA: 1989
Apple II EU/NA: 1989
Atari ST EU/NA: 1989
SMS EU: 1993
SMS AU/Brazil: 19xx
Wii (Virtual Console) NA: March 18, 2008
3DS (Virtual Console) AU/EU: February 20, 2014
3DS/Wii U (Virtual Console) NA: February 27, 2014
Wii U (Virtual Console) AU/EU: March 6, 2014
PS4 (Arcade Archives) WW: July 24, 2014
Super Retro Cade NA: December 15, 2017
Switch (Arcade Archives) WW: June 28, 2018
PS4, Switch (Bundle) JP: December 20, 2018
Windows (Bundle) JP: November 11, 2019
PS4, Switch, One (Bundle) WW: February 20, 2020
Added to
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Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019
Switch (Arcade Archives): August 16, 2018
PS4 (Bundle): September 20, 2020

Nekketsu Renegade Kunio-kun (熱血硬派くにおくん, Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun) was originally released outside of Japan as Renegade. It was originally released for the arcade market in Japan in 1986. It was published in North America later that year by Taito as Renegade, using the film The Warriors as inspiration for the revised art and storyline. Most sprites and backgrounds were modified to better appeal to the North American market. The voice samples were also changed to English, however, the music was left unaltered. It is the first game in the Kunio-kun series.

Story

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In the Japanese version, Nekketsu Renegade Kunio, Kunio is a high school student at Nekketsu, which literally translated into English means hot-blooded. His best friend, Hiroshi, is attacked by several street gangs, and Kunio fights to avenge him.

The fights are each against different stereotypical gangs in Japan. The first fight is at a train station against a rival high school, Hanazono, which literally translated into English means flower garden. The second fight is at a seaport against a bōsōzoku gang, a youth culture in Japan that is into customized motorcycles, named Yokohama Funky. The third fight is against girls from Taiyō Academy and their sukeban, or boss girl. The final fight is at a car dealership that is a front for the Yakuza crime organization known as the Sanwakai. After defeating Sanwakai's leader, Sabu, the students of Nekketsu cheer for Kunio's victory. In the Famicom version, after his defeat, Sabu kidnaps Hiroshi and Kunio has to traverse a building full of mazes of doors to reach Sabu and save his friend.

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In the original North American version, Renegade, Mr. K is a renegade vigilante that fights numerous street gangs in order to save his girlfriend.

The street gangs that Mr. K defeats are comprised of different stereotypical gangs in North America. The first fight is at a subway station, and the fight is against stereotypical urban gangs, rather than the high school students of Nekketsu Renegade Kunio. The second fight takes place at a seaport against stereotypical biker gang members, thugs, and masked wrestlers, rather than against juvenile bikers. The third fight is against women fighters, although they too appear to be older, as they wear slacks and tank tops rather than high school uniforms. The final fight is largely unchanged, as it still takes place in a car dealership that is actually a front for gangsters, and the boss is still Sabu. The only difference is that some gangsters have darker skin tones. The Nintendo Entertainment System version also has the extra stage with the building full of mazes of doors, however Sabu kidnaps Mr. K's girlfriend rather than Hiroshi.

Releases

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After its Arcade debut by Technōs in Japan and by Taito in the North America in 1986, the North American version was ported to the Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum and the Japanese version was ported to the Famicom in 1987. The North American version was then ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System, Commodore 64, Thompson MO, and DOS in 1988, to the Amiga, Apple II, and Atari ST in 1989, and to the Sega Master System in 1993.

The Famicom version was emulated on the Game Boy Advance as part of Kunio-kun Nekketsu Collection 2 in 2005, and on the PlayStation 2 in 2006. The NES and Famicom versions were emulated on the Wii Virtual Console in 2008, and on the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Consoles in 2014.

An emulated version of the Japanese arcade version was released by Hamster on the PlayStation 4 in 2014, and an emulated version of the North American arcade version was released on the PlayStation 4 in 2015.

The Famicom version was also included in the Nintendo 3DS compilation Nekketsu's Kunio Complete: Famicom, released in 2016.

An emulated version of the North American arcade version was included in the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade, and an emulated version of the Japanese arcade version was included in the Retro-Bit Generations III, both in 2017.

Hamster released an emulated version of the arcade version for Nintendo Switch, as part of their Arcade Archives line, in 2018. This release included both the North American and the untranslated Japanese version.

The Famicom version of Nekketsu Renegade Kunio-kun and the NES version of Renegade was included in the Kunio-kun World Classics Collection in Japan for PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One in 2018. The collection was released as Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle worldwide in 2020. This also included the NES and Famicom versions. The latter was fully translated, which marked the first time this version was released outside of Japan.