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River City Saga: The Three Kingdoms intro prepares for historical BARFing

Bringing history to life… and kicking it in the balls

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Arc System Works released the opening movie for its curious, even dubious new brawler River City Saga: The Three Kingdoms, which will see the classic Chinese works adapted in the cutesy, ass-kicking, Kunio-kun style. The strange new title is currently expected to launch on Nintendo Switch in December, with PS4 and PC to follow in the spring of 2022.

As we have previously reported, River City Saga: The Three Kingdoms will adapt the ancient Chinese fable of “Sangokushi”, perhaps better known to westerners as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. River City Saga will be a stylized retelling of the warfaring tale, with familiar faces from the Kunio-kun universe stepping into the roles of its lead characters. The new title will combine narrative storytelling and deep RPG elements with the knock-down, drag-out brawls that are the series’ trademark. Consider it a lesson in culture… but with far more roundhouse kicks and piledrivers.

Previously released screens spotlight the retro/modern fusion that ArcSys is affording River City Saga‘s aesthetic — with typical 2D action and Famicom-style sprites, polished with something of a more contemporary sheen. River City Saga: Three Kingdoms is one of a number of Kunio-kun titles in the works, joining upcoming releases River City Girls Zero and 2022’s River City Girls 2 as three new sluggers currently prepped for the series’ 35th anniversary celebrations.


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