Also Known As
Street Gangs (Europe), Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (JP)
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Release Date


  • JP 25th Apr 1989
  • US Jan 1990
  • EU 1992

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 21st Apr 2008, 500 points
  • EU 22nd Feb 2008, 500 points
  • JP 23rd Oct 2007, 500 points

3DS eShop

  • JP 28th Nov 2012, ¥500
  • EU 25th Jul 2013, £4.49
  • US 14th Nov 2013, $4.99

Wii U eShop

  • EU 23rd Apr 2015, £3.49
  • US 1st Oct 2015, $4.99

Nintendo Switch Online (Subscription)

  • Available Now
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  • Review River City Ransom (Wii U eShop / NES)

    Holding your funds for ransom

    Originally released in Japan for Nintendo Famicom, classic beat 'em up 'Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari' was then heavily localised for its eventual release in the US; background artwork was amended to look more 'western' (for example, rooftop tiling designs and mailboxes were changed) plus all location names were updated...

  • Review River City Ransom (3DS eShop / NES)


    River City Ransom — or Street Gangs as it was known upon release in Europe — is arguably one of the most famous fighting titles for Nintendo's 8-bit NES console. Ported from the Japanese Famicom title Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari, the game combined the pugilistic focus of Double Dragon (which was created by the same company, Technōs...

  • Review River City Ransom (NES)

    Big trouble in River City

    Street Gangs — known as River City Ransom in North America — is a strange game. It's one of many in the extremely popular Japanese "Kunio-kun" series, which started in the arcade and is still going strong today, with the latest instalment being on the DS. Every game in the series has the same main character, Kunio, but...

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About The Game

River City Ransom takes place in River City where our heroes, Alex and Ryan, find a letter on Ryan’s locker from a guy named Slick.

The letter says that Ryan’s girlfriend, Cyndi, has been kidnapped, and Slick has taken River City hostage with the help of countless gangs and evil bosses. It’s up to our heroes to save poor Cyndi and free River City from the clutches of Slick and his underlings. You can play as Alex and take on the challenge alone or battle with two players simultaneously as Alex and Ryan. Kick and punch to fight your way through gang members, evil bosses, and other goons. Or use a variety of weapons ranging from a chain whip, brass knuckles, and a tire, to name a few. Raise your stats by eating right, and gain new techniques by reading books. With your fighting prowess and never-ending spirit, the bad guys won’t know what hit them!