River City Girls Looks Like Raucous Fun in 20 Minutes of Gameplay Footage

Nathan Birch
River City Girls

Earlier this month Arc System Works and the retro masters at WayForward announced River City Girls, a new gender-swapped take on the classic series known as Kunio-kun in Japan. The new brawler looked stylish as heck, but the reveal trailer was only about 45-seconds long -- fans needed to see more! How would the game actually play? Well, some gameplay captured at Anime Expo 2019 has made its way online (courtesy of Nintendo Everything) and it looks like River City Girls is shaping up very well indeed. The footage features Japanese text and voiceover, but character dialogue is in English, and really, beat ‘em ups are a universal language. Check out the footage for yourself, below. 

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Here’s the official River City Girls description:

River City Girls stars Kyoko and Misako, two street-tough high-schoolers who must fight their way through the six regions of River City to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends, series mainstays Kunio and Riki. Along the way, they’ll utilize an arsenal of combos, counters, throws, and special attacks; battle an assortment of enemies; accept numerous side quests; level up with experience points; interact with NPCs (including guest stars from past River City games); and shop for a variety of items, food, and gear to boost stats and unlock new abilities. The girls can even wield weapons and recruit defeated foes to join them in combat!

The one- or local two-player bare-knuckle brawling is complemented by spectacular 16-bit-style graphics and an epic synth-pop soundtrack (featuring NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel, Christina Vee, and Megan McDuffee!), while the story roars to life via glorious anime cutscenes and manga-style intermissions.

Key Features

  • Furious beat-’em-up action for one or two players!
  • Stunning pixel-art graphics plus anime and manga cutscenes!
  • Fantastic soundtrack featuring NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel, Christina Vee, and Megan McDuffee!
  • Six large city regions to fight through, complete with shops and side quests!
  • Loads of weapons, items, and abilities to power-up your heroines!
  • Guest appearances by classic River City characters!

River City Girls brings the fight to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on September 5. The game will set you back $30.

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