In the earlier days of gaming, sidescrolling beat 'em ups were far more common than nowadays, with classics such as Double Dragon and River City Ransom regularly lighting up TV screens. Though this genre has since become fairly niche, it's certainly not dead, as evidenced by the upcoming River City: Tokyo Rumble. We loved what we've seen of it so far, and now Natsume has gone ahead to introduce the cast of playable characters for the anticipated 3DS game.

It seems like this will certainly be a game targeted towards fans, based on comments from Natsume's President/CEO, Hiro Maekawa:

We're excited to be able to deliver such a diverse cast of characters for River City fans. We know that a lot of River City fans have been waiting to play as some of their series favorites in English for a long time now, so we can't wait to hear what series fans and newcomers alike think of the game and its eclectic cast of characters.

As for the characters, here they are in all their glory:

Tiger Claw

What do you think? Will you be picking this up? Who do you think you'll be playing as the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below.