Street Gangs Review | Nintendo Life

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. Character sprites were redrawn and renamed too; instead of representing Japanese student gangs in school uniform, all the bad guys became tough looking Grease rejects wearing jeans and t-shirts. The name was also altered to River City Ransom before subsequently being re-named again for PAL regions to Street Gangs, which is the version now available for the European Wii U Virtual Console (and the subject of this review). Phew.

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