Downtown Special: Kunio-Kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugou! is a faithful port of the Japanese-exculsive NES brawler of the same name. It's the sequel to River City Ransom and features similar exploration and RPG elements in addition to traditional brawler gameplay. Like the original, this version features two player gameplay as well as an AI-controlled partner in single player.
Welcome to Downtown Special... hail, fighters! Meet us in Suruga... Land of mystery... home of Mt. Fuji. Across the raging sea... duty calls... and romance... Kunio's love awaits... or does she?
Tsuu: Brother! Wait!
Kunio: Hurry, slug! Mr. Bunzo's in trouble!
Kunio: I tried to hurry back!
Okoto: This man is...
Asaji: Heh... I'm Okoto's fiance.
Kunio: We'll see about that!
Asaji: Shut up, loser! The boss is waiting...
Kunio: Oh, master! Forgive my delay!
Bunzo: Ah, Kunio! You finally got here! Tora has cursed me! Go find a healer who has Kanpou!
Kunio: You can count on me!
Bunzo: Please hurry!
This version is remarkably faithful to the NES original, especially considering the inferior hardware.
To play this game, press Start, and pick the first option. This will show a map of where enemies are. Travel around until you find them and then beat the crap out of them. You might also want to try the translated NES version at romhacking.net.
Jidaigeki on the Game Boy is remarkably similar to the NES version, including support for co-op. You walk around empty areas until you encounter the enemy and then beat them up for coins. It has a bunch of new moves not seen in River City Ransom. It's unfortunately very laggy, and tracking down the roaming enemies can take a long time. The graphics are dope.