The classic River City series (or Kunio-kun as its known in Japan) is returning yet again, although this time there’s a twist. River City Girls gender swaps the usual River City setup, with female high school students Kyoko and Misako teaming up to save the stars of the original River City Ransom. The game is being developed by the retro masters at WayForward Technologies and is being overseen by the fighter experts at Arc System Works, so it should deliver some top-notch action. The game certainly looks nice – this might be some of WayForward’s best 2D pixel art yet. Check out a trailer for River City Girls, below.
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.
- 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.