Team up to throw down, level up, and rescue your beau in River City Girls, a new River City game headlined by street-tough high-school girls Kyoko and Misako. The 16-bit-style brawler, developed by WayForward and overseen by Arc System Works, is coming to consoles via digital storefronts on September 5.
Kyoko and Misako have to venture through six regions of River City to save their sweethearts, series mainstays Kunio and Riki. Much like other River City games, you'll brawl your way there, dunking on legions of endless baddies, all while building up your levels, taking on side quests, unlocking abilities, and interacting with the city's non-aggressive population. I doubt the folks you're piledriving into the sidewalk want to sell you consumable health packs afterwards.
You can wield weapons and even recruit defeated enemies to join you in the fight for your boyfriend's well-being. River City Girls will support two players on local co-op, meaning you can relive the glory days of same-screen beat 'em up action. A physical edition will be coming by way of Limited Run Games, though details are to be determined. Otherwise, it'll be available digitally on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, GOG, and Humble Bundle for $29.99.
Honestly, this looks like a perfect couch co-op summer game, so much so that I wish I could download it now for the holiday weekend. The sprite art is wonderfully done, and having two developers who are quite talented at 2D games—WayForward with the Shantae series, and Arc System Works' fighting game pedigree—means I'm pretty much all-in on saving these boyfriends in September.