Bare Knuckle is identical to Streets of Rage except obviously for the title screen and the Japanese writing in the intro.

Take a look at the Bare Knuckle box art in the Info section.







3D Bare Knuckle is a Japanese-only port of the game for Nintendo 3DS, with some modifications, most notably the 3D stereoscopic graphic mode.

There are also a new set of game modes exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS:

* Local Play By selecting the "local play" option, cooperative play for 2 players using the Nintendo 3DS is possible.

* Mortal Blow Mode When you select a "deadly blow mode" from the options in the game, you will be able to kill all enemies with a single blow. It is possible to progress through the game very quickly compared to the original version.

* Overseas Mode In addition to the Japanese version, it is possible to play the overseas version of "Streets of Rage". Messages are written in English, but otherwise the basic content of the overseas version is identical to the Japanese version.

* Screen Mode Change In addition to the 'normal' 3D stereoscopic graphics mode with its depth and zoom focus, a cathode-ray tube TV "classic" mode can be selected. Surface of the screen appears rounded in this classic mode, reproducing the low quality "bleeding" effect of the time.

* Sound Settings In addition to the volume settings, you can also switch between "Mega Drive" FM sound and "Mega Drive 2", a more balanced and enhanced sound mode favored by Yuzo Koshiro himself who described the sound quality as "amazing, especially in level 7".


Master System & Game Gear


The conversions to Sega's 8-bit consoles are surprisingly good. The SMS version's graphics are recognisable, and the conversion team managed to squeeze some good renditions of the music out of the SMS sound chip. The game features all three characters, and plays quite well. The only problem is that the game is a lot harder than the Genesis/Megadrive original. Although this is normally a good thing, in this case it isn't, as the increased difficulty is due to frustrating gameplay.

The GG version is similar in most respects, but the graphics are obviously smaller and less detailed but have a superior colour palette. Adam is also missing from the lineup. In addition, the GG version doesn't seem to allow you to knee enemies whilst holding them, which is a strange omission.

Overall they are both good conversions, but unlike with the 8-bit versions of SOR2 the SMS version is notably better.



Streets of Rage was a signature title and franchise for Sega during the Mega Drive era, and as a result the title was re-released often in various compilations.  Here we will take a closer look at these compilations, presented with (some) artwork.


First, there was Mega Games II (with Golden Axe and Revenge Of Shinobi) which was later bundled with the Sega Mega Drive console. 







Next, was Sega Classics Arcade Collection, a Mega CD compilation with the two previously mentioned titles, plus Super Monaco GP and Columns. The compilation was also available in

cartridge format for the newly redesigned Mega Drive II. The version of Streets of Rage bundled here is identical to the Genesis/Megadrive original except for the voice samples, which

were re-recorded to make use of the Mega CD's upgraded capabilities.







Mega Games 6 was a Mega Drive compilation composed of Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, Columns, Revenge of Shinobi, Golden Axe and Super Hang-On.




Mega Games 10 was the final Mega Drive compilation, released in 2002. It comprised of all previously mentioned titles, with the addition of Flicky, Sega Soccer, and California Games.







Streets of Rage, along with its two sequels, was later included in the Japanese Version of 'Sonic Gems Collection' for the GameCube and PlayStation 2, but was omitted from the North

American GameCube version to avoid it gaining a T rating, and also from the European GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions for similar reasons.


Japanese version Menu Screenshot:








In 2009, Streets of Rage, along with both of its sequels was included in 'Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection' for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.







All games are now also available on Steam, GameTap, Wii Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, and other digital distribution services.


Sega ported the game to its 'Mega-Tech' arcade hardware in 1991. This version is identical to 'Bare Knuckle', slight technical differences aside.


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