River City Melee: Battle Royal Special, originally released in Japan as Downtown Rantō Kōshinkyoku: Kachinuki Kakutō SP (ダウンタウン乱闘行進曲 かちぬきかくとうSP, "Downtown Brawl March: Win Through Fighting SP") is essentially a modification of River City Super Sports Challenge: All Stars Special, altered to center fully around fighting, with multiple new arenas and new teams added, in addition to tweaked move sets and a power meter that can charge special moves up. It also has a new story mode for each team, although many events are the same across them. So far, it is only available for PlayStation 4 and Steam.
- Main article: River City Super Sports Challenge: All Stars Special
During Single Play, the player will face off against three different teams in three matches. In the fourth match, the Tiger Brothers will challenge the player's team. The player will then fight a single opponent from Wu Wonfu, the boss team, before facing off against the final boss and the remaining Wu Wonfu members.
Exceptions to this include Outlaw, Team Misuzu, Historical Drama and Magical Story teams. The Outlaw team will fight Hanazono High School in place of the Tiger Brothers, then Misuzu on her own before facing Wu Wonfu. Misuzu's team will face the Dodgeball Club instead of the Tiger Brothers.
Changes from ~All Stars Special~
- The game now includes a help screen showing the in-game controls on a game pad and keyboard. It can be accessed at the title screen and the pause menu. Players can also configure the in-game buttons in the pause menu and in the player and team select screen. It is possible to toggle an option to allow the player to jump by pressing both the punch and kick buttons simultaneously like in previous games.
- Since the Cheerleader team is available from the start as part of the story and Hasebe is the captain of that team, Nishino Tamae (the Hanazono High School cheerleader in Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari: Yakyū de Shōbu da! Kunio-kun) takes the master of ceremonies role.
- The player can now see the stats of each character on a team with the press of a button. This is done in the team select screen, in the pause menu and the character select screen before each fight. Players can also see each of the character's techniques and how to perform them.
- The game has a Rage Meter, which fills up when the player takes damage. Once full, the techniques of each character are upgraded. Kunio's Mach Kick will change to Mach Kick II, which is the same much but he ends it with an upward kick that sends opponents flying, for example. During Rage Mode, the character's overall stats will also be enhanced.
- The game now has three throws, which are performed by grabbing an opponent from the ground and while they are being carried, pressing a direction and the kick button. These are the Giant Swing, the Power Bomb and the Upper Throw, though some characters have unique throws that replace these moves.
- Characters have new and different move sets from ~All Stars Special~. Moves from non-fighting events have been removed in favor of new moves that fit better for combat.
The game includes the original Battle Royal stage from the previous game, including the two variations (bigger area with no way to throw opponents out and a much smaller stage). The game also features a new variation of the Battle Royal stage, though players cannot toss their opponents out of bounds the ground will gradually be destroyed. The open space will act as a stage hazard. The game has three completely new stages as well.
All teams are playable from the start.
Nekketsu High School fights Sumi of Wu Wonfu on his own first. Wu Wonfu is led by Yuuji Munakata.
Hanazono High School fights Miyagasaki of Wu Wonfu first. Wu Wonfu is led by Yuuji Munakata.
Reihou Former Student Council
Reihou Sports Club
Senridai High School
Meian High School
Shiguma High School
Osorezan Commercial High School
- RK300-1 to 5
Nekketsu Dodgeball Club
- Dodgeball Kunio
- Dodgeball Hiroshi
Nekketsu Magical Story
- Go Dai
The boss team featured in the game's story mode is unplayable. The members featured on the team depend on the team being used in Single Play. Before facing the team proper, the player will fight a single member of the team (predetermined depending on the team being used).
- Yuuji Munakata / Matsudo / Kunio
The game has the same tracks from the previous game, but also includes some new ones, some of which are arrangements from previous games. Some of these arrangements are meant to complement the new stages in the game. Some of the music goes unused in the PC version of the game, just like in ~All Stars Special~:
- Conveyor Belt Factory
- Disappear Without A Trace: Ending theme.
- Fight over!: Theme used when knocking down the final opponent.
- Golden Cheer♪
- Mysterious Gang: Theme used when the final boss team is introduced.
- Nekketsu March Neo: New arrangement of Passionate Fight.
- Rantou March!: Title screen music for the game.
- Run together!: Staff roll theme.
- Ultra Nekketsu Super Shoot!: Arrangement of the title screen theme of Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: Soccer Hen.
- Yokohama Funky Soul: Arrangement of Yokohama Funky!.
- Many different versions of Kunio are available in this game, since several of the bonus teams are from spin-offs where he appears slightly different and has game-specific moves.
- The Dodgeball Team's instance of the above is literally named, "Dodgeball Kunio".
- The three-hit combo Hasebe used in a cutscene to dispatch a trio of thugs in ~All Stars Special~, has been made into an actual move in this game, which named it "Body Check".
- Official site (Japanese)
- Official site (English)
- Physical copy at Limited Run Games
- PlayStation Store page
- Steam page
- Wiki (in Japanese)