River City Girls Zero Gets Limited Run Physical Releases

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By Chris Penwell on January 21st, 2022


Limited Run Games has announced that the long-lost River City Girls Zero will be available for preorder on January 28. Available on PS4, PS5, and the Nintendo Switch, the combat title will have various editions, including action figures, a poster, and a lot more physical objects.

WayForward and Limited Run alongside Arc System Works have worked together to make the following three releases a reality:

  • The first option is just the disked/catridged game of River City Girls Zero itself inside a box. This will thankfully be on all three consoles: the PS4, PS5, and the Nintendo Switch.
  • The Classic Edition includes a copy of the game on any of the three consoles, a reversible 18×24 poster, and the original soundtrack. It will also be in a Super Nintendo style box. Both sides of the poster include the four main characters of the game: Kyōko, Misako, and their boyfriends Kunio and Riki.
  • The most expensive Ultimate Edition comes with the poster, game, and soundtrack, alongside a retro cart keychain and posable Misako and Kyoko action figures based on their classic 16-bit look. These will also be making their way to the PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.

We don’t know what the prices are as of January 19, but we understand that the game will be available to preorder for six weeks after January 28, leaving you plenty of time to save and get whatever edition you’d like.

River City Girls Zero is a slightly touched-up re-release of the once Japanese exclusive Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka from the SNES era; or if you want to be more specific, Super Famicon. What makes this PS4, PS5, and Switch release different from Kunio-tachi no Banka is that new manga cutscenes, a new anime opening, and a new song from Megan McDuffee have been added to the game.

River City Girls was a surprising hit for WayForward and Arc System Works in 2019. It has a Very Positive score on Steam from almost 1,900 reviews and successfully brought back the fun of beat-em-up games to a modern audience. It was so charming, thanks to its well-written script, beautiful art style, and likable characters, that both critics and fans loved it, and a sequel is on the way in Summer 2022.

With all that in mind, River City Girls Zero works as a great nostalgic in-between for fans of the 16-bit era. It’s also the first game that fan-favorite characters Kyōko and Misako stepped into the scene, and they’ve been kicking ass ever since.

Currently, there’s no release date for River City Girls Zero, but it has recently been delayed to the Spring 2022 season. With this Limited Run Games release underway, we expect to play all four of these characters very soon as development isn’t usually far behind the production schedule.

The British “Canadian” Chris Penwell has been a video game journalist since 2013 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from MacEwan University. He loves to play JRPGs and games with a narrative.


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