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BlazBlue Devs Buy Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Games

Guilty Gear and BlazBlue developers Arc System Works were slow to take to PC, but they are now steadily bringing their games over – a few years behind their console releases, admittedly. I’m jolly excited, then, that Arc have bought up the rights to a load of games that I’d be delighted to see them take on in their technically and visually beautiful way.

River City Ransom, Super Dodge Ball, the rest of the Kunio-kun series, and Double Dragon are among the games Arc now owns after picking up the catalogue of their creators, Technos Japan. Obviously they have plans for them. Hopefully these plans include PC releases.

The Japanese company don’t have anything specific to announce at this moment, with today’s English announcement basically saying “Yep, we got ’em!” Technos Japan actually shut down in the ’90s, but their catalogue was picked up and continued by a company named Million. Arc have developed and even published a few Kunio-kun games, but now they’re properly in charge of Technos’ titles.

Their Japanese announcement is a little more detailed, with wonky autotranslation telling me it says they plan to make and license games in some of the series they’ve picked up.

The Kunio-kun games have mostly been on Nintendo handhelds for years now, so Arc may simply continue that for all I know, but I hope not. I’d like to see Arc’s takes on the weird fighty sports games and especially the beat ’em ups.

I’d really go for a side-scrolling beat ’em up with a satisfying fighting system. Oh aye, games like Devil May Cry and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance are essentially technical beat ’em ups in 3D, but I’d like to see more back in 2D.

Pretty please, Auntie Arc.

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