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Double Dragon's Marian gets a major makeover in River City Girls

Damsel in distress no more

River City Girls is all about putting the woman front-and-center, and making them badass, instead of once again being fodder for the big bad guys. That even goes for some of the supplemental characters, including a cameo you might not have noticed your first time through.

The girl in the artwork above is Marian, who comes from the Double Dragon series. There are some notable Double Dragon cameos in River City Girls, but Marian's might be the best. Fans of Double Dragon know that Marian has, time and time again, been kidnapped by henchmen and held hostage. In the artwork above, you can see Marian has gotten a major makeover. Rem, the artist behind Marian's redesign, took to Twitter to discuss the changes.

“It seemed like her whole character was just ‘gets punched in the stomach and kidnapped. Needless to say, Marian’s not taking that shit any more.”

Looks like Marian is more than ready for a starring role in the next Double Dragon game. Perhaps she can save Billy and Jimmy this time!

Shantae and the Seven Sirens - Apple Arcade beta footage

Shantae and the Seven Sirens is playable right now on the Apple Arcade beta. It appears this is 'Part 1' of the game, so it's just a sampling of what will be available in the final title. Check out the 30 minutes of action above!

GoNintendo Video Review - River City Girls

Girls, girls, girls!

WayForward and Arc System Works have teamed up to breathe new life into the River City franchise with River City Girls. Is this just a gender-bent take on the franchise, or does it provide its own unique flair?

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Check out footage from WayForward's Switch exclusive, Vitamin Connection

In Vitamin Connection, players assume the roles of Vita-Boy and Mina-Girl and take control of the minuscule Capsule Ship to battle evil bacteria from within living organisms. By blasting subatomic foes with your Vitamin Beam, utilizing a special claw tool, and navigating maze-like stages, you’ll save the members of the Sable family — including the dog! — from a variety of hazardous and increasingly wacky predicaments. Each level also includes sub-games featuring rhythm challenges, Pong-like reflex tests, and more.

Watching the above footage, I think it's pretty easy to see what Vitamin Connection is a Switch exclusive. The game is completely built around the Switch Joy-Con, so much so that it's featured in gameplay!

WayForward and Arc System Works might team up on more River City titles in the future

More River City fun coming?

River City Girls is out now on Switch, and the marriage between WayForward and Arc System Works seems like a match made in heaven. The two teamed up to revamp the River City franchise in a big way, all while staying true to its roots. The end result is something that should leave newcomers and longtime fans dazzled.

Since the first outing was such a success, can we expect more River City collabs between the two in the future? According to WayForward's Adam Tierney, the two companies have an amazing relationship, and they're already talking about teaming up on something else. Apparently the two sides have all sorts ideas for what they'd like to do. It's just about pegging one idea down and running with it.

GameSpot Video - River City Girls: You Don't Want To Miss Out

There's a lot of games coming out right now, which makes it easy to miss some of the smaller but excellent ones like River City Girls on Switch.

Return to River City to beat down the bad guys in River City Girls, Now Available On Switch

Time to find those boyfriends!

It’s time to hit the streets, thrash some thugs, and save your boyfriends! We are thrilled to announce that River City Girls is out now and available for purchase digitally on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Supervised by the fighting-game experts at Arc System Works, this brand-new entry in the long-running River City series (known as the Kunio-kun series overseas) offers exciting new twists on the classic beat-’em-up genre. You can view the launch trailer here!

Featuring spectacularly animated pixel-art visuals and one- or two-player local cooperative action, River City Girls lets players take control of hot-blooded heroines Misako and Kyoko as they fight their way across town in an attempt to rescue their boyfriends, series mainstays Kunio and Riki. As the adventure unfolds, you’ll get to master a variety of fighting techniques, overcome countless enemies and bosses, go shopping for power-ups and accessories, wield numerous weapons, complete side quests, interact with quirky NPCs, level up with experience points, and recruit foes to assist you in battle.

In addition to six sprawling stages packed with action and challenge, River City Girls features stunning animated cutscenes, manga-style intermissions, extensive voiceovers by an all-star cast, and an epic, vocal-infused, synth-pop soundtrack by Megan McDuffee, NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel, and more.

Rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB, River City Girls is available via the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, Xbox Live, and Steam at the price of $29.99, with versions coming to GOG and Humble Bundle at a later date. A physical version for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 is also available for purchase from Limited Run Games until September 27, 2019. For additional information on River City Girls, please visit wayforward.com/rivercitygirls/.

River City Girls - more footage


There's trouble once again on the mean streets of River City, but this time the boys are in over their heads! In this all-new entry in the legendary beat-'em-up series, hot-blooded heroes Kunio and Riki have been captured, leaving it to their hard-hitting girlfriends, Kyoko and Misako, to serve up some payback.

Arc System Works shares more countdown art for River City Girls

One day left!

There's just one day left until River City Girls launches! That means there's another piece of countdown art to share, and this one features the main characters. How many of you plan on grabbing this game as soon as it goes live on the eShop?

Thanks to Mako for the heads up!

Check out more screens for River City Girls

Check out more screens here

There's trouble once again on the mean streets of River City, but this time the boys are in over their heads! In this all-new entry in the legendary beat-'em-up series, hot-blooded heroes Kunio and Riki have been captured, leaving it to their hard-hitting girlfriends, Kyoko and Misako, to serve up some payback. As you punch and kick your way across town - either solo or with a friend in local co-op - you'll gain new skills, chow down on power-ups, wield an assortment of weapons, and unleash an arsenal of combos, throws, and special attacks that will leave the bad guys crying for mama - all in outrageous 16-bit style! The awesome action is punctuated by manga story panels, anime cutscenes, and an epic synth-pop soundtrack. It’s an old-school rumble for a new generation!

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