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If you’re a gamer of a certain age, you’ve likely heard of River City Ransom, but today I present to you River City Girls! A collaboration between Arc System Works and the fine folks at WayForward, this game flips the script along gender lines, and has you control two young ladies out to rescue their boyfriends. Sure, it’s silly and novel, but what matters is how the game looks and plays. While I can’t attest to the gameplay yet, the art in the game looks utterly fantastic. Lush, colorful and vibrant, this is WayForward at their best. Frankly it really reminds me of the Scott Pilgrim game that came out a few years ago. In River City Girls, you play as Kyoko and Misako while fighting your way across 6 distinct and large regions. To further stand out, River City Girls has a level up feature, various skills you can learn, side quests and much more. It’s a very modern take on River City Ransom, and I’m perfectly okay with that.

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For those excited by what they’ve heard, there’s good news. River City Girls isn’t too far away. It is coming to PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One this September 5th! And while there is a digital release for all those platforms, it’s also gonna get a physical release courtesy of Limited Run Games. So if you love old school fun with a new school twist, stay tuned for more info this September. And check out all the details below in the official press release.

Valencia, Calif. – 7/3/2019 – WayForward is pleased to reveal details on
River City Girls
for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC!

Name: River City Girls
Publisher/Developer: WayForward
Release Date: September 5th 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Players: 1-2
Price: $29.99

Kick butt, take names, and pound punks in this all-new installment of the classic co-op beat-’em-up series!

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Offering a new generation of old-school action, independent video game studio WayForward is ecstatic to lift the curtain on its upcoming co-op beat-’em-up, River City Girls. Developed by WayForward and overseen by the fighting-game experts at Arc System Works, this latest entry in the long-running River City (AKA Kunio-Kun) franchise is scheduled to hit Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this September.

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.

Rated E10+ by the ESRB, River City Girls will be available digitally via the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, Xbox Live, Steam, GOG, and Humble Bundle at the price of $29.99, while a physical version will also be available from Limited Run Games (price and release date TBD).

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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!

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About WayForward

Based in Valencia, California, WayForward was founded in 1990 and has remained an independent game developer for 29 years. We are home to many talented individuals including programmers, environment artists, animators, modelers, illustrators, audio wizards, designers, and team leaders. With the new avenues for distributing games directly to fans we are finally able to make the games we have always wanted to.

River City Girls, Kunio-Kun, and all related characters, names, locations, and assets are copyright © ARC SYSTEM WORKS. All rights reserved. Game Copyright © 2019 WayForward Technologies Inc. Used under license.

Josh Speer
Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.