Kunio-kun classics heading west for the first time

Very much un-barf.

It's been out in Japan since December, but Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection is, against all odds, heading West on February 20th. with a total of eighteen (18!) titles, eleven of them being old-school Kunio-kun titles, localised and playable in English for the very first time.

Here's that list in full, with their localised titles only: 

DOUBLE DRAGON, DOUBLE DRAGON II: The Revenge, DOUBLE DRAGON III: The Sacred Stones, Renegade, Super Dodge Ball, River City Ransom. Crash'n the Boys Street Challenge, Nekketsu Renegade Kunio-kun, Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club, Downtown Nekketsu Story, Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club - Soccer Story, Downtown Nekketsu March Super-Awesome Field Day!, Downtown Special Kunio-kun's Historical Period Drama!, Go-Go! Nekketsu Hockey Club Slip-and-Slide Madness, Surprise! Nekketsu New Records! The Distant Gold Medal, Nekketsu Fighting Legend, Kunio-kun's Nekketsu Soccer League and Nekketsu! Street Basketball All-Out Dunk Heroes.

A formidable list, indeed, and with plenty of avowed classics. This huge clutch of Famicon Disk System games being localised for the first time is the real draw, though - what were the odds of us not only getting this collection but having the games translated, as well? Konami couldn't even be bothered to do this for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, and that's a $100 machine.

While it's called a "Brawler Bundle", it's packing quite a lot of sports games. It's not one to be churlish over; if it was just the Double Dragons and other already-familiar titles, it'd still be worth buying.

On top of all this there's an attached "Mission" mode awarding cosmetics you can show off online - yep, there's online play, too. It's shaping up to be a heck of a package for retrogaming fans, a rare opportunity to experience a series that's only in recent years taken on a greater presence on our shores. A nice companion piece to WayForward's River City Girls, too.

So yes. Feb 20th. Switch and PS4. Very good.