Released only in Japan, the elusive game known as RIKIKUNIO was
once praised as the precursor to River City Ransom. Luckily a band of
hax0rz saw fit to 'translate' it into 'English' for the benefit of the
It has been keenly established over the years that a rom cannot be hacked
simply for useful purposes. It MUST contain some superfluous buggy useless
crap in order to be respected by the ROM community. Thus, Skinhead
Fighter was born.
The star of
the show is Kunio, as he is in every other game Technos ever made. Of
course here in America he has taken on several, more 'western' names, I
assume because they figured no one over here would spend money on a game
where you have to play as some "damn Jap". Oddly enough, this time you
can't actually play as Kunio himself, you go through a short character
creation process where the game hands out stats based on your birthdate
and bloodtype. Occasionally you'll make a character who totally sucks and
dies in one hit. This is the game's method of telling you that you're a
nerd and obviously don't have what it takes to be the strongest high
school student in all Japan.
is like dragon feet, I dunno what that other stuff means. I have to say I
was pretty disappointed to get a character that still has his hair, it
looks like the creator got bored with the whole skinhead thing about
halfway through. As it is, hair seems to come and go as it pleases.
only two characters that were shaved semi-effectively are the dynamic duo
of Riki and Kunio, so unfortunately the closest thing you'll see to an
über-nazi death battle is watching those two beat on each other at the
title screen. Why no swastikas or inverted pentagrams? Why no appearance
of the words 'FUCK' or 'FAG'? This leads me to believe that our hacker was
a bit substandard, the only other difference I noticed was the background
on the menu screen now saying 'HEaDSKIN' instead of the usual 'RIKIKUNIO'.
A poignant social commentary, to be sure.
super-tournament action is 2v2, so you get to choose a partner from a
pick Ben for some reason, even though Harry is clearly superior. I figure
Ben must be special because he's the last one who's name isn't just random
letters. Actually I'd like to forego the whole partner thing, they seem to
hit you a lot more than your opponents do anyway.
To add some element of strategy, there are various hazards like spike pits
and landmines and electrical grids strewn throughout the area, and beaten
fighters transform into helpful power-ups like hamburgers and narcotics as
they blink out of existence. Between fights you are given cryptic messages
concerning your character's level gaining, and Ben always seems to get the
better deal. Perhaps he is awarded for being useless? God I hate Ben.
Also you may
notice your character's portrait at the bottom of the screen, who never
fails to have hair, displaying your current 'mood' in the midst of your
battle. It seems to change based on how many of those weird pills you eat
and how dead you are.
fierce battles of trying to avoid Ben's attacks and using my acro-circus
to beat everyone in the place, I finally tracked the RIKIKUNIO team to
their secret ice.. factory. I let Ben distract them as I prepared to use
my secret FATAL STEPS maneuver.
'That guy's a freak!'
'How bout this!'
Ha! Victoly! Congraturation Ben!
was short lived however. The mysterious team behind the tournament,
DOUBLETIGER, emerged from the shadows to discuss amongst themselves
the extent to which I couldn't possibly win.
they're right. I'm tired and there's no more skinheads. Screw this.
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