[E3 2021] River City Girls: Two New Games, One New Port

The first game is getting a new port, but there were two other announcements for other titles.


Let’s start with the first game, which launched in September 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam). Arc System Works (who we shorten to ArcSys onwards; they are the publishers) and WayForward (the devs) will develop a PlayStation 5 version, which will also get a physical version, courtesy of Limited Run Games.

„[…] Hot-blooded heroes Kunio and Riki have been captured, leaving it to their hard-hitting girlfriends, Kyoko and Misako, to serve up some payback. As you punch and kick your way across town—either solo or with a friend in local co-op – you’ll gain new skills, chow down on power-ups, wield an assortment of weapons, and unleash an arsenal of combos, throws, and special attacks that will leave the bad guys crying for mama – all in outrageous 16-bit style! […] Fantastic soundtrack featuring Megan McDuffee, Chipzel, Cristina Vee, Dale North, and NateWantsToBattle! Six large city regions to fight through, complete with shops and side quests! […] Guest appearances by classic River City characters!”, the game’s Steam page says. The series’ name is based on a previous localized title, River City Ransom, the third game in the Kunio-kun series, which was previously handled by Technōs Japan.

ArcSys/WayForward also announced River City Girls Zero, which will be a localized version of a Japan-only Super Famicom (SNES) game from 1994,

Shin Nekketsu Koha: Kunio-tachi no Banka. It’s currently announced for Nintendo Switch „and other platforms” with a late 2021 launch on the Switch. „River City Girls Zero, meanwhile, lets players experience the first time that Misako and Kyoko teamed up with Kunio and Riki […]. A new opening cinematic, new manga cutscenes, and a new theme song by River City Girls composer Megan McDuffee have been added as well. Set out solo or team up with a friend in local co-op and discover how the River City Girls story began!”, ArcSys wrote.

And finally, ArcSys/WayForward announced River City Girls 2, which was announced for virtually everything (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) with a 2022 launch window, and yes, Limited Run Games will produce a physical edition. Here’s the overview: „Picking up shortly after the original, River City Girls 2 once again put players in control of Misako and Kyoko—as well as Kunio, Riki, and other characters—as they set out on an all-new beat-’em-up adventure across the mean streets of River City. New moves, new enemies, recruits, new environments, and the return of an old foe await, along with the same over-the-top sense of humour and adrenaline-pumping combat of its predecessor. The game will also feature two-player co-op action both locally and online.”

These games should show that there is still a need for arcade-style classic games.

Source: Gematsu, Gematsu, Gematsu

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