It’s been a long time coming, but you’ll only have to wait a few more weeks to play the first Battletoads game since the mid-’90s. We first learned about Battletoads in 2018 and while the initial plan was to release it last year, a new trailer tries to make the case that it was worth an even longer wait.
Rare are marking the announcement with some toad antics in a new trailer. It’s got licking. It’s got hopping. it’s got the irreverent bants and chunky animated outlines of Saturday morning cartoons from the aughts. Yup, they’re still morphing between genres as well, with beat ’em up, race ’em up, and hop ’em up platforming стажес
“The tenacity and split-second reflexes required to beat the original Battletoads has given it a fearsome reputation among fans. Dallas new approach focuses on maintaining this mayhem while ensuring you have enough options to play at your own pace,” the launch date announcement says.
“That includes bringing in some buddies for couch co-op, which allows up to three players to drop in and out at will, along with difficulty settings designed to suit everyone from Tadpole to Battletoad. Just like before, you’ll be faced with hugely varied challenges as you play, including new vehicle sections and even some puzzle-solving this time around!”
The game has a distinct look, thanks to its hand-drawn visuals. There should be plenty to keep you on your toes here, too. It’ll jump between different genres, including platformer, shoot ’em up and, of course, beat ’em up.
There are both 2D and 3D levels, and there’s a new take on the notoriously tough Turbo Tunnel stage from the original game. Battletoads supports three-player couch co-op, so you can rope in a couple of friends or family members to help you get through some of the chaotic action.
Some of the tools at your disposal will be your own pals or kids or particularly dexterous pet dogs or whatever. There are three toads, meaning a total of three possible players hopping in and out of local co-op at will. There doesn’t appear to be online co-op, but according to its Steam page it will support Remote Play Together, which is nearly the same thing.
You can find the Toads over on Steam and the Microsoft Store where it they’ll be launching on August 20th. Battletoads will also be included with the Xbox Game Pass for PC.