Naps Team’s Gekido Kintaro’s Revenge is currently available for the Xbox One. The game originally came out for the Game Boy Advance, and then later for the PS4, and then it dropped for the Nintendo Switch this past March. The hand-drawn, sprite-based beat-’em-up is a throwback to the classic arcade brawlers from back in the mid-1990s.
You can tell this is an indie game given the fact that the two main characters, Tetsuo and Shingo, are real men and they’re buffed and ready to kick butt. Also the women in the game are actually feminine and sexy, which is the complete opposite of most of the androgynous Bravo-bait that we get with most AAA games from Western developers.
The plot for the game is really straightforward, like most brawlers. The events take place after the original Gekido and dark omens are once again terrorizing a town, so it’s up to Tetsuo and Shingo to put an end to the demons and save the villagers from the demon attacks. You can check out the gameplay trailer below to see what the gameplay is like.
The Italian developers have been around for a while, but have recently been relegated to making a lot of mobile games for lame smart devices. It’s like a death knell for a developer’s creative freedom.
As a way to buffer some coinage into their coffers, the developers have been re-releasing Gekido Kintaro’s Revenge for the newer home consoles.
It’s a classic beat-’em-up with hand-drawn sprite animations, combos, special moves just like Streets of Rage and lots of hard-hitting fisticuffs to round out the action.
It’s a start departure from the 3D beat-’em-up roots that Naps Team came up with back during the old PSX days when they created the original Gekido.
And yeah… the game had a real thick plot.
That was back when women were allowed to look like women and didn’t have to be designed to be frumpy sods with softball-sized saggy bags.
It really makes you miss the old days back when men were men, women were women, and everyone could agree that there were only two genders.
Anyway, I didn’t even know that Gekido Kintaro’s Revenge was available for home consoles until recently.
If you feel like playing a game that makes your testosterone flow and your red-blooded American manliness emanate with the radiance of a thousand explosions when you’re engaged with a hardcore, gamer’s game, feel free to check out Gekido Kintaro’s Revenge over on the Xbox store for $14.99.
(Thanks for the news tip Major Nelson)
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