Bare Knuckle was released on August 2, 1991 in Japan. It is known in South Korea as just "Bare Knuckle" (without the subtitle), and outside Japan and South Korea as "Streets of Rage
In order to create the soundtrack for Streets of Rage, Yuzo Koshiro went to various nightclubs and dance clubs for inspirational purposes. The responsible of SFX was quite lazy, as numerous sounds such as the extra life sound and also the game's font, are lifted directly from Revenge of Shinobi.
In 1991 Sega teamed up with Tiger Electronics, Inc. to produce a standalone Streets of Rage LCD handheld video game, as part of its 'Pocket Arcade' series