DJ Boy was a side-scrolling beat-'em-up Arcade Coin-Op released in 1989 by Kaneko Co. Ltd. in Japan, and then released internationally by Sammy Corporation in 1990. This was then followed by a Sega Genesis/Megadrive port, also in 1990 and published by Sammy.
(Above) Arcade version screenshot
Check out the similarity between the character of DJ Boy and "Skate" from the Streets of Rage trilogy. They obviously look pretty similar, and both come from side-scrolling beat-em-up games... but the link continues with the fact that Sega changed the character name of "Sammy" in Bare Knuckle II into "Skate" for SOR2 and 3, and that the US publisher for DJ Boy was a company called SAMMY (who went on to merge with Sega to become SEGA-SAMMY CORP.)
Could DJ Boy really be the original inspiration for the character of Sammy/Skate in SOR?
(Below) Sega Genesis/Megadrive version screenshots
A young man named Donald J. Boy (DJ Boy) is a roller fighter taking part of an ultimate fight-race known as "Rollergame", taking place in Cigaretch City, located on the outskirts of New York City. Many people were excited to see DJ Boy, but a roller fighter gang known as the Dark Knights want him out of the competition. Their leader, Heavy-Met Tony, calls his gang to kidnap his girlfriend Maria, who also comes into town and defeat DJ Boy. DJ Boy must rescue Maria, defeat the Dark Knights, and win the Rollergame competition in one adventure. The arcade plot tells a different story. Two rollerskaters named Bob & Tom (the two playable characters) were breakdancing to the beat of their boombox, until it got stolen from rollerskater thieves (possibly the Dark Knights), in which they must find and defeat them in order to retrieve what is rightfully theirs.
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