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River City Ransom

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Keep money after dying

During a 2-player game, when either player is very low on energy, move both players to the edge of the screen and intentionally kill the player that is almost dead. Then, immediately jump into the next screen and the dead player will be present with all money intact, but one less life.

Hidden Shop

To access the hidden shop, Merlin's Mystery Shop, stand under the fourth light from the left side in the Armstrong Thru-Way Tunnel and press Up to enter.

Super Passwords

These super passwords give you all special moves, the Texas Boots, maximum status in everything, enough money to buy anything and all bosses beaten except for Slick.


Acro Circus, Dragon Feet, Stone Hands, Fatal Steps, Javelin Man, Sneakers, Excalibur, Rodan Wing89BTPUSVQS0 Ypm5GduXAVs YAul1s0elEa
Acro Circus, Dragon Feet, Stone Hands, Fatal Steps, Javelin Man, Sneakers, ExcaliburzA'c2INrXNVr bjx2jYtQdop dB'riyphdg7X
Acro Circus, Dragon Feet, Stone Hands, Fatal Steps, Javelin Man, and $1142B5zJGuNsYu mz5yAbodavq SbWfvmmYjjU
Acro Circus and Lightning FeetqJiIz0gySUq ryh30fsRuek qfijzqmsnUY
99 strength and $122.30EM7KGA0DBDh WcEtZhSQjTZ fUXYofbaZ7N
63 status in everything, full will power, full stamina, all special moves, Texas Boots, $500.50jrYplfTgbdj nOorLTIYXwR SjTuqpilUHP
Full energy, 63 status in everything, all special moves, and $0.15iqXokeSfaci mKpvcUkZUzW RiQvrqhkT4Q
Ready to fight IvanmubsoiWsugi SL8qcQgFQ3S eTWXnedgbYM
Ivan defeated, High School opent1izvpdOZnZ JxNkJp7Cpub XMPQgXErSMF
Ready to fight SlickXfMdZTHwiR3 jaj6jfRUDEt tilm2tWRo8b
Full inventory at startw412ysgtMqc MUSjKm2PqtE UJMNdUTGOQC

Pro Action Replay Codes

This cheat requires the Pro Action Replay cheat device.

Infinite Energy0004 BF3F
Infinite Money0004 C903
Faster Music0007 6302

Game Genie Codes

This cheat requires the Game Genie cheat device.

Begin the game with double of all attributesTOSNAVYE
Increase stamina to 99LVNYIVYL
Player 1 starts with double moneyAGENAYAZ
Player 2 starts with double moneyAGOYYYAZ
Player 1 starts with $100 extraPAENIYAA
Player 2 starts with $100 extraPAONGYAA

Hint: Rename character

To rename your character, press Select at the "select players" screen, or press A, B and Select together at the one/two player selection screen.

Hint: Moves

PunchPress A.
KickPress B.
UppercutAfter your opponent is worn down, press A (punch) to finish him off with an uppercut. If you are fighting a boss, you will uppercut him when he is stunned.
High kickPress B after wearing your opponent down.
JumpPress A and B together.
RunQuickly press Left twice or Right twice, depending on the direction you intend to run.
Jump KickGet a running start, press A and B together to jump, then press B to kick.
Hop KickGet a running start, press A and B together to jump, then press B to kick. Repeatedly press B a few seconds before you hit the ground to jump kick.
Attack with a weaponPick up a weapon by walking over it and pressing B. Press A button to strike with it.
Throw a weaponPress B to pick up a weapon, then press B again to throw it.
To throw an opponentKnock your opponent to the ground, then press B to pick him up. Press B again to throw him. You can also hurl your opponents into other opponents.
KryptoniteKnock your opponent to the ground, then press B to pick him. Press A to hit other opponents with the one you've picked up. The one in your hands will only stay there for a short time before jumping out of your hands. Try to kick or punch them before they reach the ground.
Over the head weapon strikeWith a weapon in hand, jump, then attack with the weapon. You can also throw the weapon while jumping.

Hint: Special Abilities

Note: these special abilities must be learnt by purchasing books from the book stores in the game and reading them.

Stone HandsPress A.
Dragon FeetPress B.
Acro CircusGet a running start, then press A and B together.
Fatal StepsWhen your opponent is dazed and on the ground, walk over him and press A and B together.
Grand SlamPress A with a weapon in hand.
Javelin ManPress B with an enemy in hand.

Hint: Repeat opponent toss

Beat your opponent until they begin falling to the ground. While they are falling, walk over to them and immediately press B just as they touch the ground. You will be able to grab them before they disappear.

Return to life

Buy some Karma Jolt or other health-restoring item. You can return to life if you use it immediately when you fall down and start flashing. This has to be done quickly or you will have have wasted your money and item.

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