This is the latest project in a series by Sega that sees it converting classic titles into 3D for Nintendo's handheld. While some of the previous works need personal nostalgia to fully enjoy them beyond the novelty of the 3D effect, Streets of Rage II was, and continues to be, a fantastic title that's worth the return trip (and cost).
If you're looking for the perfect portable version of the Mega Drive side-scrolling beat'em up, you can finally delete that mobile take off your phone. This proves you need physical buttons to fully enjoy the feedback - and pull off the moves - when cleaning up the streets on your journey through the city either alone or with a pal.
The remapping of the original three button control works as you'd expect, though the face buttons are supported by a trigger shortcut to pull off each character's rear attack - something that still feels fiddly with the compact and smaller 3DS face buttons. Sega offers the option to customise your controls, and even lets you toggle between the international and Japanese builds of the game (Bare Knuckle II, as its known in the east) as well as normal or classic screen modes (the latter lovingly blurry and stretched as if it was the 90s all over again).
There's a fun remix of sorts in Rage Relay, which switches over your fighter to a new character on their death, letting you rotate through all four of the cast, though we might imagine it could have been fun if the switch happened come each new section of every multi-staged level. The studio does toss in a replay mode though for you to watch.
The 3D effect adds to the experience so much it's worth playing again even for those of us who have completed it countless times, That, and to enjoy the timeless music and satisfying feel of fists on flesh once more.
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