Game Information
Box art
Name: Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu
Name (kanji/kana): 熱血格闘伝説
JP Translation: "Nekketsu Fighting Legend"
Developer(s): Technōs Japan
Publisher(s): Technōs Japan
Release Date(s) December 23, 1992 (JP)

Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu (Roughly translated, "Hot-Blooded Fighting Legend" or sometimes, "Legend of the Burning Fighters") is a tournament-style fighting game for Famicom, both developed and published by Technōs Japan released on December 23, 1992. It has sometimes been referred to as Riki Kunio in English; as in one unofficial translation, but as that title is vague and could refer to any number of Kunio games, most Western fans call it by its original Japanese name.


One day at school, Kunio was minding his own business when suddenly, he found a note on his locker. The note says their is a fighting tournament hosted by the "Double Tiger" twins. Seeing it as a challenge he could not refuse, Kunio runs off to participate. When Riki sees Kunio running and read his note, he decides to enter as well. Many other fighters will join in to see who is the strongest.



Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu gameplay

The game is a tournament fighter that focuses on 4 players in an arena. Depending on the selected mode in the game, players fight in either free-for-all or 2-on-2 battles. While all combatants can kick and punch their opponents, each of them have their own abilities, moves, and stats. Some arenas in the game have hazards that players need to pay attention to or risk losing additional health. Whenever a player is knocked out of a match, they will leave behind an item that other surviving players can pick up that can help or hinder them.The last person (or people in 2 vs. 2 fights) standing wins the match alone or for the team.


A: Punch

B: Kick

A+B: Jump

D-pad: Walk

Double-tapping Left or Right: Running


Story Mode

Story Mode focuses on eight teams of two fighters to determine the strongest team in the tournament. There are 19 battles that must be fought. In order to face the Double Tiger twins, at least 15 battles must be won; otherwise the game will end. In Story Mode, there is a stat that focuses on the teamwork between the player and their partner, which increases over time. The stronger that teamwork stat becomes, the more potent the team attack will become and the more likely it will track nearby opponents. If a player attacks their own teammate, however, the stat will decrease.

Battle Mode

Battle Mode puts up to 4 players in a free-for-all fight and the winner is the last one standing. The rules can be changed in this mode and players can put their custom characters in the matches with passwords.


There are 16 characters that have their own stats and are separated into four classes: Wrestler, Street Fighter, Kung Fu, and Judo. Each class has their own strengths and weaknesses.

Wrestler- Well-rounded fighters

  • Kunio
  • Shibata
  • Ishiduki
  • Yamaishi

Street Fighter- Fighters specialized in punching

  • Riki
  • Ebihara
  • Mashiba
  • Jinnai

Kung Fu- Fighters specialized in kicking

  • Himeyama
  • Raidou
  • Aoi
  • Anzawa

Judo- Fighters specialized in throwing

  • Midou
  • Fujikura
  • Suga
  • Ookumi

PC Remake

Although originally for the NES, in recent years Kakutou Densetsu has gained popularity in the form of a remake on PC. Though its structure is akin to the original, the PC's greater power means the remake is devoid of the slowdown and flicker that sometimes plagued the NES original; in fact, if a player has been defeated and a round is left to AI, the action can be sped up by many orders. The PC version also supports up to eight fighters at a time.

The plot is mostly the same, but players who score high enough in the PC version's story mode will fight Misuzu instead of the Tiger Twins.

Perhaps the greatest source of the PC version's popularity is its support of mods. Though the core game is a closed program, a great deal of its assets, such as characters, stages, and sounds, are controlled via folders of editable images and text documents. Being written in Japanese can be a problem to users whose computers aren't configured to support it, but with ample documentation it is possible to adjust stats, add new characters, change how characters dress, and more.