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Renegade - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


This game pits you against a gang of punks. Play starts off on a subway platform with a seedy, underworld atmosphere. The game is colorful and has speech, but it seems to be more popular in the UK than the US.

Renegade was produced by Taito in 1986.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Renegade was produced include: Lady Master of Kung Fu, Typhoon Gal, Super Dead Heat, Onna Sanshirou, Metal Soldier Isaac 2, Alcon, Arkanoid, Battle Lane Vol. 5, Big Event Golf, and Bobble Bobble


Name Renegade
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9297
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Renegade Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - JumpAttack LeftAttack Right
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Renegade Instructions Image
Control Panel Renegade Control Panel Image
PCB Renegade PCB Image

Game Introduction

It is 2 A.M., the wrong time to be on the subway alone. They have got clubs, chains, blades, and your girlfriend. Fight your way through four stages of scum, and maybe, just maybe, you will be able to rescue your love if you can take out the BIG BOSS. Fans of Double Dragon should find this a fun distraction.

Game Play

The game plays like Double Dragon II but it does not have the large battlefields, the ability to pick up weapons or the cooperative simultaneous play features that helped make the Double Dragon series so popular in the United States. On the other hand, Renegade does not suffer from program slowdowns. It's considerably more challenging and faster-paced than Double Dragon and sports some unique, brutal moves. You can attack a downed enemy by raining-down punches upon him. Enemies can be hurled into one another in order to clear a path to safety.

Renegade KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.97 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.06

Overall Like 4.50
Fun (Social) 2.50
Fun (Solo) 4.25
Collector Desire 3.50

Technical Rating: 3.88

Gameplay 4.25
Graphics 3.75
Originality 3.75
Sound/Music 3.75

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

On the first two levels, try to throw the baddies off of the platforms. Also, to kill the third boss, run away from her and hit the kick button repeat. When fighting the knife gang on the final stage, if you are stabbed even once, you will die. The safest way to defeat them is with dashing punches. Never engage a single enemy or stick around in one place too long, otherwise you will eat steel.



The original Japanese version of Renegade, entitled Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun, has many cultural differences with its American counterpart. The main character, instead of a street fighter, is a Japanese school student named Kunio and rather than rescuing a kipnapped girlfriend, Kunio must beat-up gangs from rival schools who are always picking on Kunio's brother. Most of the sprites in Kunio-kun have been changed in one way or another for Renegade: the train station of level 1 became a subway all of the students have been modified to look more like thugs and Kunio's brother has been entirely replace by a damsel in distress.

Kunio-kun was so popular in Japan that it has spawned countless of spinoffs for the Famicom, Super Famicom, PC Engine, Game Boy, etc. One of these titles is Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari which is the Japanese version of the NES cult hit River City Ransom.


This game is an Americanized version of Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun and it is actually Double Dragon's predecessor.

The game was converted to Spectrum, Amstrad, Commodore 64 1987 and Amiga early 90's by Imagine/Ocean Software.

Imagine/Ocean also released two unofficial sequels for the Spectrum, Amstrad and Commodore, entitled "Target: Renegade", 1988 and "Renegade 3, The Final Chapter" 1989.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Renegade Census

There are 14,908 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,161 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 49 known instances of this machine owned by Renegade collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine. 8 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 40 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with an extra Renegade circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Renegade.

This game ranks a 15 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The game uses a 6502 CPU and a 68705 microcontroller for processing and a 6809 for its sound CPU.


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