KiKi KaiKai is probably a game most people aren’t familiar with. It was a Japanese arcade title that released on September 18, 1986 making today its 30th Anniversary. It’s the predecessor for game that’s also niche, but some may have familiarity with: Pocky and Rocky. In Japan it was called KiKi KaiKai: Nazo no Kuro Mantle.
I first came across Pocky and Rocky while researching weird Super Nintendo games to portray on Bizarre Bits. This was, of course, one of them, but I decided to hold this footage back and look into the game a bit more wherein I found it’s predecessor and two sequels. It was a short-lived series just like this next franchise.
Today also marks Streets of Rage’s 25th Anniversary. The first game was released for the Sega Genesis on September 18, 1991 in North America. In Japan it’s known as Bare Knuckle strangely enough and there’s also only been three games in the series for just the 16-Bit era.
Like Pocky and Rocky I was never acquainted with the series back in its prime, or should I say back when it was releasing since it’s not been seen for decades. Well I guess that’s not completely true. Streets of Rage 2 was re-released for the 3DS last year as a 3D Remaster. I’ll get more into both series with the two supporting video retrospectives. That’s all I have to say for now so get watching and enjoy!
KiKi KaiKai Retrospective
- KiKi KaiKai (Arcade 9/18/86 JP)
- Pocky and Rocky (SNES June 1993 NA)
- Pocky and Rocky 2 (SNES November 1994 NA)
- Pocky and Rocky with Becky (GBA 10/18/02 NA)
Streets of Rage Retrospective
- Streets of Rage (SG 9/18/91 NA)
- Streets of Rage 2 (SG 12/20/92 NA)
- Streets of Rage 3 (SG 3/17/94 NA)