Welcome to this week's, "Sequel, Spin Off, Start Over or Stay Dead?" Each week Diehard GameFAN is going to look at a dormant franchise that was once pretty popular, but for some reason has disappeared into the sands of time. Diehard GameFAN staffers will have four options for what they want to have happen to the series and you can see them in the title of this piece.
This franchise is spiritual successor of Tecmos' first major beat 'em up, Nekketsu Koha Kunio-kun, aka Renegade is North America. However, it hit the zeitgeist and became one of the biggest franchises of the 1980's. Its two player co-op action kept many a gamer playing as Billy Lee or Jimmy as they tried to save Billy's girlfriend. The two player twist ending where both players had to fight it out against each other delighted millions and would eventually shape the NES version where Jimmy became the secret "true" boss of the game. The game would be ported to nearly every console system ever made, spawn numerous sequels including a crossover with Battletoads and even earn the brothers their own comic book series, live action movie and two seasons of an animated cartoon.