Although 2D street brawlers appeared to head in the direction of traditional 3D fighting titles like the definitive Street Fighter has already, there is still an influx of games that expand on the foundation of the genre. Titles like Streets of Rage 4 still holding close to the integrity of the series alongside the recent rerelease ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Remastered’, there is certainly still an audience for these titles.
But, the most surprising has to be from Shantae developer WayForward that shipped River City Girls back in fall 2019. Taking heavy inspiration from the NES classic River City Ransom, the new project follows the journey of two school girls upon discovering that both their boyfriends were kidnapped and must go on a mission to rescue them back.
During the recent LRG3 on Monday, WayForward unveiled that River City Girls is expecting two new games: River City Girls & River City Girls Zero. Yes, there is both a sequel and a prequel in the works for the growing series.
“Picking up shortly after the original, River City Girls 2 once again put you in control of Misako and Kyoko — as well as Kunio, Riki, and a few new 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 you 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.
The press release continues, “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!”
As you might guess, both River City Girls 2 and River City Girls Zero are also expecting physical releases via Limited Run Games. Presumed from previous support for WayForward, PlayStation & Nintendo Switch users are the likeliest to find the tangible releases. Elsewhere during the presentation, Limited Run Games also unveield a physical release for Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties. You can read the full report by heading here.
Are you excited for River City Girls 2 and River City Girls Zero?
River City Girls 2 ships in 2022 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC; River City Girls Zero has a 2022 release window for Nintendo Switch.