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Another peek into the inner workings of fan-pleasin' publisher Atlus, they were kind enough to send along some photos and information on their upcoming title Tokyo Beat Down for the Nintendo DS. Unless you're the type of player that regularly picks up golden oldies, I'm guessing that it's been a while since a side-scrolling beat'em-up has come your way.

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Developed by Success (the folks behind one of my favorite games from last year, Operation Darkness) comes this madcap excursion into what can only be described as Miami Vice meets Final Fight meets Japanese insanity.

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Taking on organized crime in the districts of Japan, officer Lewis Cannon and the rest of the so-called "beast cops" put the smack down on thugs, mercenaries, and other assorted bad guys. It's tough to keep a lid on the chaos, so these cops are doing the smart thing—they bring guns to a fistfight. (They still bring fists, though.)

Tokyo Beat Down is hitting shelves with extreme prejudice on March 31st.

Read more at Drinking Coffeecola blog.

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Brad Gallaway has been playing games since arcades were a thing and Atari was the new hotness. He's been at GameCritics since 2000. Currently, he's juggling editing duties, being a homeschooling dad, a devoted husband, and he does try to play a game once in a while.

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Dale Weir
Dale Weir
11 years ago

While I do like some of Atlus’ games, there really aren’t that many that I look forward to buying or playing. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that Atlus is out there pulling these weird titles from Japan and exposing Western audiences to them. Tokyo Beat Down though is one of those Atlus titles I am happy to say I am just dying to try out. Chi and I had a nice session with Streets of Rage the other night and I watched him soldier through God Hand and it got my old school beat’em up juices going. (Streets… Read more »