Classic side-scrolling beat ’em up, and many other genres dominated the consoles and arcades during the first few decades of video games. It was the early age of gaming, where few pixels on the screen sufficed for gamers and provided hours of entertainment. Most of the olden titles became popular and metamorphosed into the large franchises we recognize today.
Veteran game developers like Mitsuhiro Yoshida arguably caused the great surge in video games by bringing their imagination to life even with minimal hardware and resources. The games we know and love today would not have been possible without the contribution of the great minds in the first few generations of video games.
Mitsuhiro Yoshida is among those individuals who heavily contributed to developing the olden classics that are revered today. River City Ransom is one of the most successful works he directed, which eventually made its way to the western market and has had multiple modern remakes throughout the years.
We are sad to announce that Miracle Kidz president Mitsuhiro Yoshida, unfortunately, passed away suddenly on August 30th. Remnants of his works are left behind in the form of the games he developed. His sudden departure has come as a surprise to many of his friends, family, and the gaming community.
Miracle Kidz President, Mitsuhiro Yoshida (吉田晄浩) passed away suddenly on August 30.
He was the creator of the “River City Ransom(Downtown Nekketsu)” series. pic.twitter.com/C70jTbbhej
— ミラクルキッズ！公式アカウント (@miracle_kidz) September 3, 2022
Miracle Kidz is a studio that is primarily made up of ex-Technos staff and has even developed games in the nostalgic Kunio-kun series. The current rights holder of the Kunio-kun series is Arc System Works, which continues to keep the series alive.
Mitsuhiro Yoshida was an integral part of the Double Dragon studio Technōs Japan studio team that developed classic titles such as River City Ransom, Super Dodge Ball, and Nintendo World Cup – all of which were part of the Kunio-kun series, as it was known in Japan. He also developed Kunio-kun no Dodge Ball da yo: Zenin Shūgo and Crash ‘n’ the Boys: Street Challenge, among many others.
The games like River City Ransom, among many others, inspired a whole new bunch of games and heavily contributed to genres like beat ’em up. These olden classics have materialized the hard work of Mitsuhiro Yoshida, and the legacy left behind by Yoshida can continue to reflect in the modern games inspired by his works.
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