Today was a very good day for Kunio-kun/River City fans. Earlier today on the Limited Run Games’ Twitch channel, WayForward, and Arc System Works announced the return of River City Girls in two new games, the much-anticipated sequel River City Girls 2, and a surprise prequel release entitled River City Girls Zero (making its West debut from the original 1994 Super Famicom title Shin Nekketsu Koha: Kunio-tachi no Banka). A brief description of each game is included below.
Two new mystery characters join the fight in River City Girls 2.
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, new recruits, new environments, and the return of an old foe await, along with the same over-the-top sense of humor and adrenaline-pumping combat of its predecessor. The game will also feature two-player co-op action both locally and online.
River City Girls Zero, meanwhile, lets players experience the first time that Misako and Kyoko teamed up with Kunio and Riki to take to the streets in hard-hitting, curb-stomping action. While the graphics, music, and gameplay all remain true to the classic 16-bit Super Famicom release, this version marks the first time the 1994 game will be localized for the West. A new opening cinematic, new manga cutscenes, and 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!
River City Girls 2 is scheduled to be released sometime in 2022 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. River City Girls Zero is planned for a Nintendo Switch release later this year, with the other platforms to follow. I cannot wait to play these two beat ’em ups!
A glimpse of River City Girls Zero, localized for the West for the very first time.
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