Back in 1990, Technos Japan released one of the most revered fighting games in video game history: River City Ransom for the NES. Inspired by such games as Double Dragon and Renegade, River City Ransom took the traditional fighting game element of a pure side-scroller, and installed RPG-like elements into it: you powered up your punches, kicks, jumps, defense, etc. by eating, listening to music, wearing certain types of shoes, and learning new techniques by reading.
Almost 25 years have past, and there was never really a true sequel to it; just remakes on 16-bit versions.
Now, Million Co. (which now owns the rights to the game) and Conatus Creative are teaming up to release a true sequel, River City Ransom: Underground. The game takes place 25 years (obviously) after the first game with Alex and Ryan (the first game's protagonists) owning an auto body shop. Everything is fine until "disaster strikes."
Conatus Creative claims that it won't use any graphics or sound that isn't 8-bit, but it will have new animations. They're also going to expand on playable characters, items, and River City itself.
Thus far, Conatus Creative has raised nearly $20,000 from their $180,000 goal via Kickstarter. The initial goal is to create the game for the PC, but will consider stretch goals for consoles if financially possible.
This is great for the old-school gamer, especially those that grew up with 8-bit fighting games and River City Ransom. If they reach their goal by October 5th, River City Ransom: Underground is slated to be released on September 2014.