Get ready to call your local pawn shop and annoy them with an outdated meme, because there’s a new Battletoads game in development.
In the grand tradition of games quickly revealed during E3, we don’t know much about the next Battletoads game at this time (it’s all about those sizzle reels). In fact, we can’t actually verify that Rare is working on this game, but we’d be shocked if that wasn’t the case.
However, the first trailer for this project does confirm that the next Battletoads game will support three-player couch co-op (which suggests that a new toad will not be added to the original game’s trio), will feature hand-drawn graphics, and will be released in 2019. It will also, naturally, be an Xbox exclusive, but we’re not sure if that exclusivity applies to a possible PC release.
The trailer’s snarky humor also suggests that this game won’t be taking itself too seriously (which makes sense) and that it might feature the return of those damn impossible vehicle levels that made a generation of gamers turn to hard drugs and is believed to be the second most prolific source of PTSD outside of the Vietnam war. However, we’re waiting on confirmation of both those features.
It’s been a long time since we’ve received a proper new Battletoads game. The last Battletoads title was 1994’s Battletoads Arcade; a pretty standard beat-’em-up that reportedly didn’t do that well at arcades but is considered to be a pretty fun title by series fans.
Of course, the jewel of the Battletoads crown is the 1991 NES title that became infamous for its brutal difficulty level, interesting combat, and fun art style. Let’s see if this new game can recapture that title’s nostalgic magic.