I actually played Renegade a couple of weeks ago, but forgot to write about it. So I'm doing that now.
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Renegade. It's a gritty beat-em-up for NES. At the time, I knew nothing of its history. All I knew was that it was kind of like Double Dragon, but I don't know - crazier? I mean, there was dudes on motorcycles, and giant woman who could pick you up and bear-hug you, and some kind of burger joint, and all kinds of weirdness.
Of course many years later I'd learn the true story of Renegade. It's the first in the Kunio-kun series. A series that I've been a pretty big fan of over the years. Kunio-kun localized a lot of classics (well, cult classics) into games like River City Ransom and Nintendo World Cup and Super Dodge Ball. And the series has lived on over the years - sometimes only in Japan - but even just now we've gotten confirmation of a River City Girls SEQUEL, so obviously the series has its fans.
The other thing to keep in mind is the intermingled DNA that Double Dragon shares with Kunio-kun. To oversimplify it is to say that Double Dragon is a sister series that was made with Americans in mind, rather than just bastardize the Japanese games for localization.
Anyway, playing Renegade in 2021 is probably a tough proposition. It's certainly rough around the edges. And it wasn't all that refined to begin with. But man, I still have soft spot for it. It's not even close to the impressiveness of River City Ransom. Not even close! But yeah, I still think it's a totally underrated game from that era. Certainly I prefer it over Double Dragon. (I'm not sure about Double Dragon II, though).
I picked up the eShop edition on Switch by the way, which is nice in that it has some good options built in. Save states are nice, of course. And the ability to remap buttons means I could make the jump-kick a single button press rather than A + B. Good stuff.
Still, this is a simple and early beat-em-up and ultimately you'll spend a lot of time jump-kicking dudes over and over until they flicker off the screen. I couldn't beat it this time, I got up to that end section with the branching doors, and those big strong ladies kept bear-hugging me to death. They're tough to read, as they don't broadcast their moves all that obviously. But yeah, this game is still fun to me. I wouldn't revisit as often as River City, but I still can see what I liked about it so much as a kid.