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Welcome to the Kunio-Kun Wiki. The Kunio-kun franchise was created by Technōs Japan Corp. and has more than 30 games. The first game of the franchise, Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (released as Renegade in North America) was Technōs' first big hit. The series would become more popular on the Famicom thanks to Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari and Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai (the former was localized in North America as River City Ransom on the NES, an influential cult classic). Veteran Technōs staff continue to work on the series in a new company, Million Co., Ltd, which is now owned by Arc System Works. The series original creator, Yoshihisa Kishimoto, is also involved in the creation of current games.

Though a popular series in Japan, the Kunio-kun series remains a niche franchise in North America. There are multiple reasons for these: the attempt to sell the games to the western market, which required alterations to the games and the fact that Technōs was unable to publish most of their own games (River City Ransom and Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge were the only Kunio-kun games they published). The series does have a cult following in some parts of Asia, Europe and North America.

Localizations of Kunio-kun games by Technōs include Renegade, Super Dodge Ball (these two being the only two arcade games in the series), River City Ransom (Street Gangs in Europe), Nintendo World Cup, Double Dragon II (for the Game Boy, was originally going to be released as The Renegades by Technōs before Acclaim got the rights to publish the game) and Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. The Neo Geo version of Super Dodge Ball was the last game released by Technōs in the west which fully used the Kunio-kun characters without making alterations (Nintendo World Cup did use Kunio as a character for the Japan Team).

After Arc System Works purchased the rights to release the series, they started using the Kunio-kun characters and settings in the western market under the River City brand for the purpose of recognition (there are some exceptions, in River City: Tokyo Rumble, some characters use the names they were given in River City Ransom while others use their names from the Kunio-kun series).

The latest releases in the Kunio-kun series have been River City: Rival Showdown on the Nintendo 3DS, River City Melee: Battle Royal Special on PlayStation 4 and PC and River City Ransom: Underground on PC.

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The Kunio-kun series

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Prior to the release of Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Special, the Kunio-kun franchise was split into three sub-series:

With the release of Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Special, Yoshihisa Kishimoto, Million Co., Ltd and Arc System Works have decided to fuse all three sub-series into a single new series.

Kunio-kun series
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun sub-series Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun / 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
Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu sub-series Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball BuNekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: Soccer Hen / World Cup HenNekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: Kyōteki! Dodge Senshi no Maki​Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey Bu: Subette Koronde DairantōKunio-kun no Nekketsu Soccer League
Downtown Nekketsu sub-series Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari / EX / River City: Rival ShowdownDowntown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai / ~All Stars Special~ / River City Melee: Battle Royal Special / Downtown Rantou Koushinkyoku Mach!! Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zen'in Shūgō! / Downtown Nekketsu JidaigekiBikkuri Nekketsu Shin Kiroku! Harukanaru Kin MedalKunio-kun no Dodgeball da yo Zen'in ShūgōDowntown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari: Yakyū de Shōbu da! Kunio-kunRiver City: Knights of Justice
Super Nekketsu sub-series Super Dodgebal BrawlersRiver City Super Sports ChallengeRiver City Soccer Hooligans
Other games Nekketsu Kakutō DensetsuNekketsu Street Basket: Ganbare Dunk HeroesKunio no OdenNekketsu! Beach Volley dayo: Kunio-kunNekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (pachislot)River City Dodge Ball All-Stars!!Nekketsu Dodgeball Bu iNekketsu Kōkō Online: Yamada no FukushūDowntown SMASH Dodgeball!Downtown Nekketsu DodgeballNekketsu Taisen Kunio-kun XKunio-kun no Nekketsu Dodgeball ALLSTARS!!Kunio-kun no Nekketsu StreetNekketsu Kōkō Huŏbàn-kei Tŏng Kōryaku!
Spin-offs Target: RenegadeRenegade III: The Final ChapterSuper Mad ChampSuper Dodge Ball AdvanceNijiiro Dodge Ball Otome tachi no seishunNekketsu banchō fīa-henRiver City Ransom: Underground
Compilations Kunio-kun Nekketsu Collection 1Kunio-kun Nekketsu Collection 2Kunio-kun Nekketsu Collection 3Kunio-kun Nekketsu Complete: Famicom HenKunio-kun: The World Classics Collection
Cancelled Games Kunio-kun Polo / Kart RacingNekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kowloon no TsumeDowntown Nekketsu Monogatari 2
Other media Ore wa Otoko Da! Kunio-kunNekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (4koma Manga Kingdom)Kunio-kun! Nekketsu Game!Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (live-action series)Ā, Nekketsu Kantai Gayuku!


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An unofficial wiki dedicated to the Kunio-kun series created by Technōs Japan Corp, now wholly owned by Arc System Works. The goal of the wiki is to provide information on the series' characters and the games in general. The Japanese games take precedence over the western adaptions with some exceptions, though the western versions of the games will also be acknowledged. There are also various spin-offs of the series in which former Technōs staff were involved in, they will be added in the future.

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