River City Ransom has quite a following for a relatively obscure NES title. A few years ago, the game was given the 'EX' treatment for the Game Boy Advance. Last month, the NES version hit Nintendo's Virtual Console for the Wii, priced at $5. Given the cult classic status of the game, and the promise of co-op, I decided to check it out. I brought along my oldest son to help with the "testing". (I hope you appreciate all the sacrifices we make here at Co-Optimus for our valued readers!)
River City Ransom begins in classic NES fashion: a screen full of text gives you all the story you need (someone's girl has been kidnapped, we got it!) and then you are dropped right into the action. Players take the roles of Alex and Ryan. One of them is wearing blue pants and a white T-shirt, and the other is wearing white pants and a blue T-shirt. I have no idea which one is which. The environment is a typical city, and immediately you have to fight some generic bad guys. That's literal; the first baddies are named "The Generic Dudes". The localization crew must have been working overtime that week! You can punch, kick, dash and jump your way to victory. Interestingly, when your enemies are defeated, they yell at you. Most noteworthy among these battle cries? "BARF!" Almost Shakespearean, isn't it?