It’s been two years since River City Ransom: Underground wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign for an officially sanctioned sequel to the NES cult-classic. In that time, a lot has happened. The team faced criticism for not being open enough about development, and wild speculation broke out once Arc System Works purchased the series from Technos Japan with supporters wondering if the new publisher would interfere.
Things seem to be finally moving forward, though. The game has popped up on Steam Greenlight and is awaiting votes from its fanbase to fully launch. My guess is that Arc System Works is honoring whatever licensing deal the team agreed to if it has come to this point. However, it has also stated its intentions to revive the Japanese branch of the series in its own way.
Despite coming from the Kunio-kun series in Japan, River City Ransom has always been treated as something different, sporting renamed characters that have been redrawn to fit a more American style. Hence the sleeveless shirt and jeans as opposed to the Japanese high school uniforms. River City Ransom: Underground is a direct sequel to the American version of the game, further cementing it as its own entity.
Check it out on Steam Greenlight. River City Ransom is a beloved NES classic for so many reasons, and it will be so great to see it get a proper “amurikanized” sequel after all these years.