River City Ransom

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River City Ransom
River City Ransom (NES).jpg
Developer(s) Technōs Japan
Publisher(s) NES
JP/NA Technōs Japan
EU Infogrames
Virtual Console
JP/EU/AUS Arc System Works
NA Aksys Games
KO Windysoft
Series Kunio-kun
Platform(s) Virtual Console, NES
Release date(s) NES
JP April 25, 1989
NA January, 1990
EU 1991
Virtual Console
JP October 23, 2007
EU/AUS February 21, 2008
NA April 21, 2008
KO May 26, 2008
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, Co-op (2)
Input methods Wii Remote, GameCube Controller, Classic Controller
Compatibility 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: River City Ransom
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In River City Ransom hear the message from Sick, the meanest ganglord in town: "I hold your high school captive, and some of the students will have a trying moment, if they're ever fool enough to cross my path!" But you aren't afraid of anybody! Face the terrible gangs and neutralize their bosses, in order to deliver the city from terror!

NES Global Problems


Problems that may occur with any NES title on Dolphin are listed below.

DirectX with NES Games

Most NES games suffer strange graphical issues when using the DirectX backend with some graphics drivers; notably NVIDIA. This is a driver bug.

As of 5.0-4869, the D3D driver bugs can be worked around by setting Ubershaders to Exclusive/Synchronous (Ubershaders). It's unknown what exactly is going on with the driver that's causing Exclusive Ubershaders/Synchronous (Ubershaders) to work properly.

This seems to have been rectified at some point, though it's unclear what resolved it.


This title does not have any additional game-specific problems.


This title does not need non-default settings to run properly.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with River City Ransom since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-21599 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
4.0-8445 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Works OK. Requires EFB2RAM. JMC47

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