Crack your knuckles, grab your bat, and get ready to rescue your kidnapped boyfriends! WayForward’s River City Girls heads to PlayStation 5 on Jan. 18. Announced on WayForward’s official Twitter page, the beat ‘em up brawler, owners of the PS4 version can upgrade for free. The announcement comes with plenty of time to catch up on the first title of the series before the second installment releases in Summer 2022.
River City Girls is latest spinoff of the River City (Kunio-kun) franchise, which has a legacy dating back to the mid-1980s. Originally produced for arcades, River City focuses on Kunio or Alex in the international versions, as he brawls his way through gangs of bullies to save someone, usually his friend/girlfriend. Starting with the 1987 spinoff title Super Dodge Ball, more sport related storylines began to show up. In fact, the franchise became popular enough to get a manga based upon it. Published in CoroCoro Comic, of Pokémon fame, Ore wa Otoko Da! Kunio-kun, ran for five years.
Focusing on Misako from Nintendo World Cup and Kyoko of Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka, the game follows the girls as they hit the mean streets in search of their boyfriends, series protagonists Kunio and Riki. But, standing in their path are several types of enemies and six area bosses, each one tougher than the last. Battles present players with the opportunity to defeat, and in some cases, recruit their adversaries. If you survive the first playthrough, Kunio and Riki unlock as playable characters.
River City Girls is single player and local co-op enabled. So, grab a buddy and kick some butt! In addition to the PS4/5, it is available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Amazon Luna. Current retail price is $29.99.