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Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal Famicom Game Review

March 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 165

Japanese developers have certainly had innovative ideas when it comes to creating likeable characters that go on to form long-running, popular series of video games. For example, the Mario and Zelda series have both gone on to form thirty year long legacies that gamers of all ages can recognize. While the Kunio-Kun series may not have reached quite the same level of success, it still maintained great popularity in Japan and to some degree in America. This is seen in the numerous sports games that spawned within the series, including Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal.


Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal, which roughly translates to The Astonishing New Records of Nekketsu! Distant Gold Medal, is a Famicom video game released in June 1992. The purpose of the game is to compete in a number of amateur Olympic events that feature no rules or regulations, including events like Fighting Scene, Rooftop Jumping, Swimming, Hammer Throw and the 400 meter hurdle set between five teams as a part of a challenge issued to Jeff Crash Cooney by humiliated high schooler Theodore Todd Thornley IV.

The events are divided into two primary cateogries: Individual and head-to-head events. In the former, all players take their turns one by one with the winner ultimately decided by whoever earns the best score for the event. In the latter, the player faces off against a series of players one by one by way of single elimination gameplay. If the player can defeat both of his opponents, he will have succeeded, and he can compete against Thorley for the top prize.

Up to four human players are capable of playing Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal, even with the limitations of the controller ports. However, the game never features more than two players competing at a time, allowing the remaining two players to alternate whenever it is their turn.


Unlike most of the other titles in the Kunio-Kun series, Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal saw a release in North America four months later, more aptly titled Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. The only real changes the NES version saw to the game were plot and scenery changes, as well as the roster for the two teams. Outside of this, the game remains the same.

Purists who enjoy playing original games would do well to pick up Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal for the Famicom. Not only is it a fun game to play, but there is something more interesting about playing the original plot than the altered version that American Technos brought to America.

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