The latest announcement from Aksys games includes two surprises. It doesn't come as a shock that the company would choose to localize Kunio-kun no Chou Nekketsu Daiundokai
(Kunio's Extreme Hot-Blooded Athletic Meet) for DS -- Aksys is fairly reliable about picking up everything Arc System Works releases in Japan, and it published the last new Kunio
game for DS, Super Dodgeball Brawlers
, in 2008.
However, in addition to the multi-sporting event game (a sort of sequel to the NES game Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge), it also
announced a new Kunio soccer game that hasn't even been announced in Japan. You may be familiar with Nintendo World Cup
for the NES -- that was originally a Kunio
game too. Much like Super Dodgeball Brawlers
, you can expect both of these to be revivals of NES sport classics.
big surprise is the naming scheme Aksys has adopted. Building on the popularity of the best-known Kunio game -- River City Ransom
-- these games are being localized as River City Super Sports Challenge
and River City Soccer Hooligans
. That's basically enough for us to pretend they're really odd River City Ransom
sequels. Aksys hasn't dated either game yet.