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This article is about the video game series. For the video game, see Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun. For other uses, see Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (disambiguation).
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Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (熱血硬派くにおくん?, roughly translates to "Hot-Blooded Tough Guy Kunio") is a series of beat 'em up video games originally developed by Technōs Japan. The first game in the series was released for arcades in 1986 (it was ported to the Famicom a year later), the creator and director of the game was Yoshihisa Kishimoto. After the game's success, Kishimoto was mandated to create a sequel that would allow two players to play simultaneously. This sequel became Double Dragon. Kishimoto would then be busy working on The Combatribes and other games in the Double Dragon series, a second studio at Technōs Japan in Tokyo would continue development of new Kunio-kun games, while a new studio in Niigata would create a separate series of Kunio-kun games as well (mostly sports games).

Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantō Hen acts as a direct sequel to Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun and was released for the Game Boy. Although it has the graphical style and locations from the Downtown Nekketsu series, it shares the serious themes of violence and revenge that Kishimoto's Kunio-kun games are known for.

Kishimoto returned to the Kunio-kun franchise with Shodai Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun, another beat 'em up for the Super Famicom with role-playing elements similar to Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (directed and designed by Hiroyuki Sekimoto and Mitsuhiro Yoshida). He would later write the scenario and direct Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka, also for the Super Famicom. Both of these games act as sequels to the original Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun. Kishimoto had written a draft for a sequel to Kunio-tachi no Banka for the PlayStation: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kowloon no Tsume, but the game was never developed.

Super Dodge Ball for the Neo Geo, the last game released by Technōs Japan in North America before their bankruptcy, uses characters from the Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun and is thus often associated with the series.

Kishimoto would return to the Kunio-kun franchise (under his new company, Plophet) with Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Special, a game which acts as a remake and reboot of the original arcade and Famicom game. He followed this game with a prequel, Riki Densetsu, focusing on Kunio's rival Riki. These games use the graphical style of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari.

Kunio-kun Special received a sequel, Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-Kun SP: Rantō Kyōsōkyoku (localized as River City: Tokyo Rumble) with a completely new scenario written by Kishimoto.

The Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun series consists of the following titles:

Kunio-kun series
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun series Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun / Consumer version / SPNekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Bangai Rantō HenShodai Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kunShin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka / River City Girls ZeroSuper Dodge Ball (Neo Geo)Riki DensetsuRiver City: Tokyo Rumble
Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu series Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club / NES / PC Bangai HenNekketsu High School Dodgeball Club – Soccer Story / PC / CD / MD / World Cup HenNekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu: Kyōteki! Dodge Senshi no Maki​Go-Go! Nekketsu Hockey Club Slip-and-Slide MadnessKunio-kun's Nekketsu Soccer League
Downtown Nekketsu series Downtown Nekketsu Story / EX / Rival ShowdownDowntown Nekketsu March Super-Awesome Field Day! / DX / ~All Stars Special~Downtown Special Kunio-kun's Historical Period Drama! / Downtown Nekketsu JidaigekiSurprise! Nekketsu New Records! The Distant Gold MedalKunio-kun no Dodgeball da yo Zen'in ShūgōDowntown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari: Yakyū de Shōbu da! Kunio-kunRiver City: Knights of JusticeRiver City Melee: Battle Royal Special / Mach!!Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom StoryKunio-kun no Sangokushida yo Zen'in Shūgō!
Super Nekketsu series Super Dodgebal BrawlersRiver City Super Sports ChallengeRiver City Soccer Hooligans
Other games Nekketsu Fighting LegendNekketsu! Street Basketball All-Out Dunk HeroesKunio no OdenNekketsu! Beach Volley dayo: Kunio-kunNekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (pachislot)River City Dodge Ball All-Stars!!Nekketsu Kōkō Online: Yamada no FukushūDowntown SMASH Dodgeball!Downtown Nekketsu Dodgeball
Spin-offs Target; RenegadeRenegade III: The Final ChapterSuper Mad ChampSuper Dodge Ball AdvanceNijiiro Dodge Ball Otome-tachi no seishunRiver City Ransom: UndergroundNekketsu Kōkō Huŏbàn-kei Tŏng Kōryaku!Nekketsu Kozúqiú-zhéngbǎn Shóuquán Shŏu YóuRiver City GirlsRiver City Girls 2
Crossovers CODE SHIFTERSuper Baseball 2020Super Smash Bros. UltimateMighty Fight FederationThe Battle Cats
Mobile Games Nekketsu Dodgeball Bu iNekketsu banchō fīa-henNekketsu Taisen Kunio-kun XKunio-kun no Nekketsu Dodgeball ALLSTARS!!Kunio-kun no Nekketsu Street
Compilations Kunio-kun Nekketsu Collection 1Kunio-kun Nekketsu Collection 2Kunio-kun Nekketsu Collection 3Kunio-kun Nekketsu Complete: Famicom HenKunio-kun: The World Classics CollectionDOUBLE DRAGON & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle
Unreleased Games Kunio-kun RPGNekketsu Yakyuu KozouNekketsu Kunio-Kun ZukanKunio-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 (TV series)Ā, Nekketsu Kantai Gayuku!Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Rantō Enbu-hen