Game Information
Japanese cover art
Name: Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari EX
Name (kanji/kana): ダウンタウン熱血物語EX
JP Translation: "Tale of Downtown Nekketsu EX"
Developer(s): Million Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s): Atlus
Release Date(s) March 5, 2004 (JP)

May 26, 2004 (NA)

Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari EX (ダウンタウン熱血物語EX, "Tale of Downtown Nekketsu EX"), also known as River City Ransom EX in North America, is a Game Boy Advance version of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari released for the Family Computer. It is the first Kunio-kun game developed by Million Co., Ltd., which is comprised of former staff from Technōs Japan Crop..

Early Japanese orders included a Kunio strap.



Main article: Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari#Story


Main article: Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari#Gameplay

The most notable change is the loss of a true cooperative mode. Instead, the game can be played with an AI-controlled partner, and players may exchange the data of their own characters to fight alongside each other.

In addition, the game includes a vast amount of configurable options that can adjust game play on the fly, such as changing AI behavior, the amount of enemies in 1 map area, and shop item reshuffling frequency.

The password system is replaced by battery backup, which allows saving up to 12 characters. Character's appearances, keystrokes for learned techniques, even enemy characters can be customized and saved using secret shop items. A saved game does not store story progress or reputation, but it does store the player's statistics, techniques, current items and money, player's name, and customized appearances.

Although this game does not have a password system, using certain names can change the player's techniques, statistics, items, cash, or delete all saved characters.

Diagonal walls featured in the Famicom/NES game no longer exist. As a result, in the GBA version map 9, it is no longer possible to throw enemies into water.

This version can display up to 8 characters (the player, his 3 allies and 4 enemy characters) on-screen at once. The number can be adjusted in game.

Recruit system

The player can gain additional computer-controlled allies and form a "posse" who helps the player-controlled character on his adventure. Some of these are boss characters from the original NES version, while others are taken from later Downtown Nekketsu games. The player's character can be accompanied by up to 3 AI-controlled partners.

The allies that can be hired depends on the story progress, player's existing allies, and player's reputation. Once an ally is recruited, the ally cannot be dismissed throughout the game.

Player's reputation is invisible, but it decreases when:

  • Defeating less than 4 minor enemies within a map
  • Attacking boss before they complete their speech
  • Attacking a fallen enemy
  • Attacking an ally
  • Death of an ally (including suicide)

Conversely, player's reputation increases when:

  • Defeating 20 minor enemies within a map
  • Defeating boss
  • Hiring an ally
  • Player is knocked down
  • Crashing into walls
  • Player attacked at knock down phase
  • Receive hits 4 times
  • Player dies


8 extra store-bought techniques are added, up to total of 12 available techniques. Each player can learn up to 12 techniques. In addition, each boss character (including Kunio and Riki) includes a unique set of techniques, which can be saved into a character slot by using a secret shop item.

Some secret shop items, such as magic pants, consume 1 technique slot per item.


Main article: Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari#Areas


Main article: Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari#Characters

In addition, these characters are from Downtown Nekketsu games:

New characters in EX:

Codes & Secrets

  • You can get slick trick, mach punch, dragon kick, acro circus, grand slam and more with changing name as "FUZZY".
  • You can get bat fang, killer kick, bike kick, charge it, boomerang, god fist, bomb blow with changing name as "WAZZA".
  • TRY changing name as XTRA0, XTRA2, WUZZY, BEAR.
  • You can make your own character look with changing name as "XTRA1".


Regional Differences

  • names changed. (example. sugata(J.P) is gary(NORTH A.), and maeda(J.P) is rick(NORTH A.).



  • Four of the game's cheat names, FUZZY, WUZZY, WAZZA, and BEAR, are based on the "Fuzzy Wuzzy" Children's Poem.
  • Unlike River City Ransom, all the characters in River City Ransom EX still wear their Japanese gakuran, instead of being changed to jeans and a t-shirt.

External links

Kunio-kun series
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun sub-series Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun / Consumer version / SPNekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantō HenShodai Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kunShin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no BankaSuper Dodge Ball (Neo Geo)Riki DensetsuRiver City: Tokyo Rumble
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