Back in 1994, Shin Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio-tachi no Banka released for the Super Famicom. Nearly 30 years later, the game finally received a localization on Switch as River City Girls Zero. It certainly took the game long enough to launch outside of Japan, but we’re extremely happy it did!

How on earth did this decades-old game get the greenlight for a modern-day localization? Co-Optimus spoke to WayForward’s Adam Tierney to find out.

Kunio-tachi no Banka was the game that inspired River City Girls. Without that adventure, our games wouldn’t exist. Since it was never released in the USA, we had some Easter egg-y references to the game in the first River City Girls, during the secret boss battle. We didn’t initially have any plans to port the game at that time — typically the only games we port are ones we developed ourselves. But after the first RCG game was released, and we started planning on RCG2, it occurred to us that if we could somehow get that game released in the USA, it would be a nice lead-in to RCG2 for a number of reasons [that] I won’t spoil here.

[Adam Tierney]

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