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Return to River City to beat down the bad guys in River City Girls, Now Available On Switch

Time to find those boyfriends!

It’s time to hit the streets, thrash some thugs, and save your boyfriends! We are thrilled to announce that River City Girls is out now and available for purchase digitally on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Supervised by the fighting-game experts at Arc System Works, this brand-new entry in the long-running River City series (known as the Kunio-kun series overseas) offers exciting new twists on the classic beat-’em-up genre. You can view the launch trailer here!

Featuring spectacularly animated pixel-art visuals and one- or two-player local cooperative action, River City Girls lets players take control of hot-blooded heroines Misako and Kyoko as they fight their way across town in an attempt to rescue their boyfriends, series mainstays Kunio and Riki. As the adventure unfolds, you’ll get to master a variety of fighting techniques, overcome countless enemies and bosses, go shopping for power-ups and accessories, wield numerous weapons, complete side quests, interact with quirky NPCs, level up with experience points, and recruit foes to assist you in battle.

In addition to six sprawling stages packed with action and challenge, River City Girls features stunning animated cutscenes, manga-style intermissions, extensive voiceovers by an all-star cast, and an epic, vocal-infused, synth-pop soundtrack by Megan McDuffee, NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel, and more.

Rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB, River City Girls is available via the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, Xbox Live, and Steam at the price of $29.99, with versions coming to GOG and Humble Bundle at a later date. A physical version for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 is also available for purchase from Limited Run Games until September 27, 2019. For additional information on River City Girls, please visit wayforward.com/rivercitygirls/.

River City Girls - more footage


There's trouble once again on the mean streets of River City, but this time the boys are in over their heads! In this all-new entry in the legendary beat-'em-up series, hot-blooded heroes Kunio and Riki have been captured, leaving it to their hard-hitting girlfriends, Kyoko and Misako, to serve up some payback.

Arc System Works shares more countdown art for River City Girls

One day left!

There's just one day left until River City Girls launches! That means there's another piece of countdown art to share, and this one features the main characters. How many of you plan on grabbing this game as soon as it goes live on the eShop?

Thanks to Mako for the heads up!

Check out more screens for River City Girls

Check out more screens here

There's trouble once again on the mean streets of River City, but this time the boys are in over their heads! In this all-new entry in the legendary beat-'em-up series, 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! The awesome action is punctuated by manga story panels, anime cutscenes, and an epic synth-pop soundtrack. It’s an old-school rumble for a new generation!

Arc System Works shares countdown art for River City Girls

Just two days left!

River City Girls is just two days out from launching, and Arc System Works is spreading word on the launch with some special countdown artwork. This time, instead of artwork featuring the main characters, we get a look at Mami and Hasebe, two girls that Kyoko and Misako go to school with.

Thanks to Mako for the heads up!

River City Girls is all about "beating the audience over the head" with presentation, says WayForward

Boy, does it work!

River City Girls dials up the traditional River City experience in a number of ways, with visuals definitely at the forefront. The game still uses pixel art as previous entries did, but we're getting a brand-new art style, and a much more expressive presentation overall. In an interview with USGamer, WayForward's Bannon Rudis explains how it all came together.

"(WayForward's Adam Tierney) pitched me this idea of trying to take the River City Ransom franchise in a weird kind of goofy, zany direction. At first I was like, 'I don't know,' but then I saw it and was like, 'Okay, maybe I can get into this.' The presentation's more modern, but this is taking everything up to a notch beyond, to where the meter just breaks. Everything is supposed to be over the top, even the characters themselves and the situation that they're in. Just beat the audience over the head with character and presentation was pretty much the first thing we wanted to do."

River City Girls - more gameplay

There's trouble once again on the mean streets of River City, but this time the boys are in over their heads! In this all-new entry in the legendary beat-'em-up series, 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! The awesome action is punctuated by manga story panels, anime cutscenes, and an epic synth-pop soundtrack. It’s an old-school rumble for a new generation!

River City Girls' file size detailed

We built this city on storage space

River City Girls is set for launch on Sept. 5th, 2019 around the world. I'm sure plenty of you are planning on grabbing this one, so you'll most likely want to know how much room you'll need. The Japanese eShop listing for the game has confirmed that it'll take up 3.9 GB of space.

Arc System Works hosting a River City Girls live-stream on Aug. 28th, 2019 with the voice of Misako, and WayForward's Adam Tierney

Airing tomorrow!

Looking to see more of River City Girls as we near launch week? Arc System Works is hosting a special live-stream event for the game tomorrow, and they're bringing in some star-studded guests! Adam Tierney from WayForward will be stopping by, as well Kayli Mills, the voice of Misako! This should be a can't-miss even for those looking forward to the game.

WayForward talks River City Girls' gameplay length, "highly suggests" you play New Game+ for a reason "too good to reveal"

What is WayForward hiding?

WayForward is launching River City Girls on Sept. 5th, 2019, which is right around the corner. Wondering how much bang you'll get for your buck with the game? RPGamer talked to WayForward's Bannon Rudis to find out.

The game seems to take new players around 10 to 12 hours to complete, longer if you do everything to 100% completion. It’s a pretty sizable adventure, but doesn’t feel overly long either. Everything moves at a brisk pace.

What is there to do after the game wraps? You could take on New Game+, which apparently has a rather juicy surprise waiting.

There is definitely a New Game+. Mind you, this is a game we highly suggest playing twice. For reasons I won’t get into because it’s too good to reveal. So, this second run will potentially double the amount of playtime overall.

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