I really like the basic structure of the first beat 'em up. You're not saving the proverbial damsel in distress but just protecting your friend Hiroshi who keeps getting beat up by thugs... so you, the hot-blooded tough guy, decide to go defend your friend!
It's not a common video game plot. Nobody needs rescuing. Your friend just needs help with bullies. And that help happens to come from your own fists.
btw this is Hiroshi in the live action adaption, oh, poor Hiroshi!
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