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  • Summary: Big Trouble in River City!

    Mystery is afoot once again for Kunio and his River City pals! One night, Kunio is attacked by two mysterious individuals. On top of that, Riki's girlfriend has disappeared, and it's up to Kunio to find out the truth! Kunio has just 3 days to unravel the mystery,
    Big Trouble in River City!

    Mystery is afoot once again for Kunio and his River City pals! One night, Kunio is attacked by two mysterious individuals. On top of that, Riki's girlfriend has disappeared, and it's up to Kunio to find out the truth! Kunio has just 3 days to unravel the mystery, and he'll need your help to take down all who stand in his way!

    - Different Story Paths and Different Endings!
    - Bonus Double Dragon Fighting Game Included!
    - 2 Player Local Co-Op Play! Grab a friend and team up together!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 24, 2018
    85
    River City: Rival Showdown ushers in some big changes while still does a good job bringing the original River City Ransom into modern times while still honoring its Kunio-kun roots pretty well.
  2. Dec 11, 2017
    80
    All told, River City: Rival Showdown is a worthwhile beat 'em up game, certainly worth the price of admission. Though the oscillating difficulty curve and the ho-hum presentation hold it back from true greatness, this is a game that no beat 'em up fans will want to miss out on, and it also stands as a great entry point for those looking to try out the genre or this particular series. We’d give this one a strong recommendation; between the meaty campaign and the fun side mode, River City: Rival Showdown will likely hold your attention for some time.
  3. Dec 21, 2017
    80
    River City: Rival Showdown is a safe bet for those who enjoyed previous River City games. The three day time period translates to a roughly four or five hour game, but the brevity works in its favor since it can be replayed on New Game Plus for different endings. For those unfamiliar with River City, it’s a simple beat ’em up with an RPG equipment and stat progression system. It’s as old school as they come, but with quick pacing and a sense of humor, it’s a title any retro gamer should check out. Mainline River City games haven’t drastically changed their basic formula since their inception, but if they keep making them as fun as this title, they really don’t need to.
  4. Nov 22, 2017
    78
    River City: Rival Showdown is definitely one of the best entries in the long-running Kunio-kun series. Although Tokyo Rumble offers a bit more of a robust package, what's here is sure to provide hours of beat 'em up fun.
  5. Jan 31, 2018
    60
    River City: Rival Showdown's best qualities are its unique method of progression and well-executed storyline. Admittedly, this critic was not expecting this to be the case. The appeal of this franchise has always been its simplistic but satisfying fighting; not to mention the depth and creativity that comes from having so many fun abilities to play around with. While these hallmarks are present in this 3DS brawler, they are buried under the relentless quest for higher numbers. The final result is a game that just isn't as accessible and endearing as it could be, but there's still entertainment to be had.
  6. Jan 22, 2018
    40
    River City: Rival Showdown isn't a strong or memorable title in this franchise, especially when compared to Tokyo Rumble, which is by far the more quality game. With the lack of direction, the difficulty spikes, and the time it takes to upgrade skills and equipment, Rival Showdown is an exercise in frustration more than anything else.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 1, 2019
    9
    Pros:

    - Expanded Lore - Special moves (Customizable) - Good Replay Value - Multiple Endings - Multiple Events (and Secrets) - Weapon
    Pros:

    - Expanded Lore
    - Special moves (Customizable)
    - Good Replay Value
    - Multiple Endings
    - Multiple Events (and Secrets)
    - Weapon bounce don't damage the user of the weapon

    Cons:

    - Can't skip cutscenes
    - DDD is just a Hollow minigame (Could be far better)
    - To pass the difficulty wall (only 1 damage per hit to enemies) you need to grind a lot
    - Running mechanic sucks (Nitro special move -> -> while running)
    - Co-op mode sucks (Framedrops and no participation of Riki in almost all cutscenes)
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  2. May 1, 2020
    6
    River City: Rival Showdown es el primer título de la franquicia que juego desde que alguna vez en mi niñez probé el de NES.

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    River City: Rival Showdown es el primer título de la franquicia que juego desde que alguna vez en mi niñez probé el de NES.

    Me encontré con un beat ‘em up sólido de jugabilidad clásica bastante competente. Visualmente es delicioso de ver -más en 3D, y tiene un concepto de mini mundo abierto interesante. No fui muy fan del hecho que hay un tiempo límite para acabar la historia y algunos de sus acabados son medio rústicos (menús, misiones secundarias, etc.), pero en general es título muy disfrutable dentro de la librería del Nintendo 3DS.
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