River City Ransom EX Game Boy Advance

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. A pretty faithful remake of a fondly remembered NES game, though this works against its success almost as much as it helps its cause.
  2. Cheat Code Central
    50
    River City Ransom Ex is just an all-right game. It offers nothing special to the beat-'em-up genre. Some may even say that the game takes a step or two backward. One of the major complaints I have is that there is no two-player co-op mode.
  3. 65
    A flawed port of a brilliant game. The quality of the original product shines through regardless, and it's still a fine way to spend an afternoon with a friend, but it's impossible not to be disappointed. Because it should have been so much better.
  4. There's no denying that the title was one of those classics that lived on far beyond its intended marketability. In this respect, a port to the GBA was a sort of inescapable eventuality, and the final result is one that's as faithful to the original as one could hope.
  5. Play Magazine
    67
    With hundreds of items and RPG-like stat-tracking, side-scrolling beat-'em-ups just don't get any deeper than this. And with tons of options and new features like CPU allies, this version is even better than the endearing original. [June 2004, p.73]
  6. Sure, it doesn't have the dramatic punch of the Double Dragon series, but it more than makes up for its lack of flair with amazing depth, making it my portable fighting game of choice for Nintendo's handheld.
  7. GMR Magazine
    60
    Ultimately, we would have been better served by an all-new River City Ransom. [Sept 2004, p.81]
  8. 70
    Replay value is immense due to all the factors in play, and all the hidden aspects will take a long time to discover. A must-buy for old NES fans and a definite consideration to those new to the series.
  9. Lousy interface aside, the game does give you a hefty amount of options to work with.

Awards & Rankings

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#44 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 8, 2011
    10
    A remake of a great fighter/RPG hybrid from the NES/Famicom with new moves, attacks and abilities, better graphics and sounds, new featuresA remake of a great fighter/RPG hybrid from the NES/Famicom with new moves, attacks and abilities, better graphics and sounds, new features and all around a vast improvement from the NES/Famicom game. This game is quite literally Double Dragon on steroids and is one of if not the most fun fighting/RPG hybrid game on the GBA. Full Review »
  2. NajinJ.
    Jan 15, 2008
    10
    This game brought back so many memories! The improved graphics were a delight and I'm glad the designers of the gba version decided to This game brought back so many memories! The improved graphics were a delight and I'm glad the designers of the gba version decided to preserve so many of the original nes features. a true retro classic! Full Review »
  3. SamW.
    Jul 11, 2007
    10
    I love this game as well as the origional. but i also feel that they couldve gone the extra five or so steps to make it a multiplayer game. I love this game as well as the origional. but i also feel that they couldve gone the extra five or so steps to make it a multiplayer game. so for single player: 10 for multiplayer: 4. Full Review »