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River City Girls Character Spotlight: Misako

Meet Misako

Say hello to Misako, one of the hot-blooded heroines of River City Girls! Tough, impulsive, and always ready for a fight, she's teaming up with her best friend Kyoko to rescue her boyfriend Kunio by any means necessary when this action-packed beat-’em-up hits Nintendo Switch.

River City Girls - more gameplay

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!

WayForward reveals what lead to the creation of the original Mighty Switch Force

A mighty beginning

WayForward just released the Might Switch Force! Collection on Switch, which includes four Mighty Switch Force games in one. Ever wonder how the whole series came to be? WayForward shared some insight in an internal interview with creative director Matt Bozon.

We had previously started the “Mighty” series with Mighty Flip Champs, a love letter to the Nintendo DS. The goal with that game was to create something that would only be possible across two screens, and when it released players gave it very high praise. We wanted to do that again on the Nintendo 3DS – make a game that could only be experienced using stereoscopic 3D. And, we really wanted to have a title be the first game on the 3DS eShop. So WayForward’s directors got together to discuss how we could take an idea like Flip Champs, and create something similar-yet-different in 3D. Collectively we came up with the idea of having four layers of depth, allowing the player to shift blocks between these layers to solve navigational puzzles. Once production started, we changed it to two layers to simplify the concept down. We also changed the concept to work for players who had the 3D turned off, which in turn allowed the game to play on other platforms as well. So while 3D was the inspiration for the idea, the game has since left the 3D effect behind.

Check out more off-screen footage for River City Girls

It's River City Ransom, with WayForward charm, a visual overhaul, all with kick-ass beat'em-up mechanics. I couldn't be more excited for River City Girls. All I need now is some soundtrack samples and I can get REALLY hyped!

Mighty Switch Force! Collection launch trailer

Stop in the name of the law!

Mighty Switch Force! Collection is available for download now on Nintendo Switch! Team up with Officer Wagon to jump, shoot, and puzzle-solve your way through four great games — Mighty Switch Force!, Mighty Switch Force! 2, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition, and Mighty Switch Force! Academy — all in one mighty package!

Mighty Switch Force! Collection - more footage

Switch up the fun with four games in one! As cybernetic peacekeeper Officer Patricia Wagon, you'll use your platforming skills, puzzle-solving abilities, and special level-altering Siren Helmet to protect the people of Planet Land and smash enemies into the screen!

Mighty Switch Force! Collection - more gameplay

Switch up the fun with four games in one! As cybernetic peacekeeper Officer Patricia Wagon, you'll use your platforming skills, puzzle-solving abilities, and special level-altering Siren Helmet to protect the people of Planet Land and smash enemies into the screen! In Mighty Switch Force! and its HD remake, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition, you'll zap foes while “switching” blocks from the foreground to the background (and vice versa) as you track down the delinquent Hooligan Sisters in each stage.

Mighty Switch Force! Collection - more gameplay

Grab your Pellet Shooter, turn on your Infinity Dousing Apparatus, and activate your Siren Helmet! Mighty Switch Force! Collection – featuring four complete games – is on its way to Nintendo Switch, at last allowing players to enjoy the series’s core entries in one convenient package. (That’s right, we’ve finally put the “Switch” in Mighty Switch Force!) Comprising Mighty Switch Force!, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition, Mighty Switch Force! 2, and Mighty Switch Force! Academy, this highly requested, value-packed compilation arrives digitally on July 25, 2019.

Check out first gameplay for River City Girls

The girls are back in town

Arc System Works and WayForward are teaming up for River City Girls, a twist on the long-running River City Ransom franchise. We've had a couple trailers to check out, but this is the first time we're getting to see actual straightforward gameplay. Check out the off-screen action above!

Studio Trigger shares more artwork from their Shantae 5 intro animation

Can I get these framed?!


The other day, WayForward revealed an absolutely fantastic intro for Shantae 5, which was created by Japanese animation studio, Studio Trigger. Since that reveal, Studio Trigger has shared some character art for both Shantae and Risky Boots. I wonder if the studio's artwork will be used for the character cut-ins the game is likely to have.

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