River Metropolis Ransom director Mitsuhiro Yoshida passes away
Farewell to a Downtown Nekketsu legend
Japanese developer Miracle Kidz! has reported the unhappy information that its president, Mitsuhiro Yoshida, handed away “out of the blue” on August 30. Yoshida, who has been a part of the video games trade for a lot of many years, is finest generally known as the co-director of some of the standard brawlers in historical past, River Metropolis Ransom.
Described by his Miracle Kidz! colleagues because the “father” of the Downtown Nekketsu franchise, Yoshida — alongside co-director Hiroyuki Sekimoto — might not have been chargeable for the creation of the Kunio-kun franchise, however definitely helmed its most well-known and extensively performed entry. River Metropolis Ransom, (recognized in its native Japan as Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari) launched on the NES in 1989 and is among the first titles to marry the belt-scrolling brawler motion of the collection with a non-linear RPG construction. The worldwide success of RCR helped paved the way in which for a slew of sequels and spin-offs.
Miracle Kidz President, Mitsuhiro Yoshida (吉田晄浩) handed away out of the blue on August 30.
He was the creator of the “River Metropolis Ransom(Downtown Nekketsu)” collection. pic.twitter.com/C70jTbbhej
— ミラクルキッズ！公式アカウント (@miracle_kidz) September 3, 2022
Yoshida would proceed to work with the franchise, directing the goofy NES port of Nekketsu Koko Dodgeball (Tremendous Dodge Ball), earlier than beginning up a studio comprised of many former workers of old-school developer Technos Japan. Since founding Miracle Kidz!, Yoshida has continued to work on a number of titles set each out and in of the Kunio-kun universe, and was reportedly engaged on a brand new recreation proper up till his premature passing.
As a mainstay of any NES proprietor’s catalog, River Metropolis Ransom has offered brawler followers with hours upon hours of double-fisted motion — paving the way in which for the collection’ enduring attraction, acknowledged at present within the type of WayForward’s standard River Metropolis Women franchise.
We at Destructoid provide our condolences to his household and associates.