Neon City Riders brings retro fury to Nintendo Switch next week

Neon City Riders release day March 12 Bromio Mecha Studios Nintendo Switch

Neon City Riders, a game that just looks like a bundle of ’80s references force-fed into a .exe file, will release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on March 12. The 2D action adventure has a new trailer from developer Mecha Studios and publisher Bromio to accompany the news. It showcases a heavy helping of baditude with a neon seasoning on top, and you play as Rick, “a masked vigilante who needs to explore the decaying futuristic Neon City in search of items, superpowers and companions to free the turfs from the four super-powered gangs claws!

Have a look at the trailer.

There’s no lack of ambition in the wide swath of environments showcased in Neon City Riders, but the actual pixel art is noticeably sloppy in places. Although, one could argue, albeit maybe too conveniently, that sloppiness is part of the game’s rocker aesthetic.

Gameplay in Neon City Riders consists of attacking, dashing, and parrying against enemy groups. You will also use your abilities to solve puzzles and open up new routes in the open-ended map. The game boasts over 100 residents in its city, and you will be able to perform sidequests for them for rewards. It sounds like all the stuff one might expect in a game like this is accounted for, so now we just need to see if Mecha Studios can stick the landing.

Are you curious to give this game a shot next week?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!