A coffee table must-have for beat'em-up fans
The most hard-hitting, knuckle-busting, smash-mouth art book of the year is headed to a bookshelf near you! Independent game studio WayForward, along with Arc System Works and Fangamer, is excited to announce that The Art of River City Girls, featuring more than 300 pages of glorious images, is now available to order from Fangamer.com at a price of $49.00 USD.
Featuring a River City High yearbook motif, The Art of River City Girls is jam-packed with artwork from all three River City Girls games: River City Girls, River City Girls 2, and River City Girls Zero. The hefty tome is bursting at the seams with gorgeous production artwork, concept sketches, game sprites, storyboards, and comic-book-style cutscenes from renowned illustrators such as REM, Kay Yu, David Liu, Mariel Cartwright, Maren “Rennerei” Marmulla, Juby Jong, Nina “InkPangur” Vakueva, Valeriya “Waneella” Sanchilo, and others. From the main crew of Misako, Kyoko, Kunio, Riki, Provie, and Marian to enemies like Abobo, NOIZE, and Sabu to NPCs like Godai and Kaori, the full River City Girls cast is represented, along with backgrounds, items, accessories, and more.
As an added bonus, the initial run of The Art of River City Girls purchased from Fangamer.com will include an exclusive gold autographed bookplate sticker signed by several River City Girls creators and artists (available while supplies last).
An official part of the legendary River City/Kunio-kun series, River City Girls first launched in September 2019, allowing players to hit the mean streets with protagonists Misako and Kyoko to beat up every lowlife in town to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends, Kunio and Riki. This was followed by River City Girls Zero (an enhanced version of the 16-bit classic Shin Nekketsu Koha: Kunio-tachi no Banka) in early 2022, and most recently River City Girls 2, in which players protect River City from a yakuza takeover in an expansive adventure featuring six playable characters, online gameplay, 4-player co-op, and much more.