Battletoads Returns Next Month

Xbox Wire announces Battletoads is making a return after 26 years, and this revival of Rare's beat 'em up will come to Windows and consoles on August 20th. Here's an Official Release Date Trailer with a first look at the (don't call it a) comeback. Here's the battle plan:
If you’re unfamiliar with the genre-busting gameplay of the Battletoads series, here are the essentials: Zitz, Rash and Pimple are three brawling bruisers from outer space who can morph parts of their bodies to dish out extra destruction. The targets of said destruction, are often the Dark Queen and her abominable allies, in action that takes place across a variety of beat ‘em up, platforming, and racing stages.

The tenacity and split-second reflexes required to beat the original Battletoads has given it a fearsome reputation among fans. Dlala’s new approach focuses on maintaining this mayhem while ensuring you have enough options to play at your own pace. 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!

Battletoads’ irreverent sense of humor pays homage to the stylish, self-aware cartoons of the late ’90s, with the new game opting for a distinctive hand-animated style to capture the exaggerated morph attacks and comic timing of the ’Toads. A cartoon also needs gags, which is why the game’s wild story – penned by award-winning writers – unfolds in several fully animated sequences featuring professional voice talent.
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Aug 1, 2020, 10:58
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Battletoads in Battlemaniacs. Straight-up impossible to beat game.
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Jul 31, 2020, 22:36
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Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 20:26:
This thread kinda feels like yet another "Bluesnews get off my lawn" thread, tbh
Umm, I kinda said that in the first post. Just giving my "40-something" opinion even if it has no relevance today.
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Jul 31, 2020, 20:40
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Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 20:26:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 14:24:
Sigh, I'll give it a look when it comes out, but yeah, I feel like a mistake was made with this art style. Although Battletoads was as cartoony as was possible on NES...

This thread kinda feels like yet another "Bluesnews get off my lawn" thread, tbh. As you note, the NES game had very cartoony graphics both in-game and in its handful of cutscenes. With the original game, they were clearly trying to ripoff recreate the look and feel of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon, which was still at the peak of its popularity at the time. The art style of Battletoads 2020 looks like... a 2020 kids cartoon. Specifically, it looks an awful lot like what TMNT looks like these days. It's almost like they're trying to take what they did in 1991 and adapt it to 2020. Shocking, I know.

I know what you're saying, but yeesh, that jpg of current TMNT looks atrocious.

Personal opinion only of course, but I don't like the 'modern' cartoon style at all.
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 14:24:
Sigh, I'll give it a look when it comes out, but yeah, I feel like a mistake was made with this art style. Although Battletoads was as cartoony as was possible on NES...

This thread kinda feels like yet another "Bluesnews get off my lawn" thread, tbh. As you note, the NES game had very cartoony graphics both in-game and in its handful of cutscenes. With the original game, they were clearly trying to ripoff recreate the look and feel of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon, which was still at the peak of its popularity at the time. The art style of Battletoads 2020 looks like... a 2020 kids cartoon. Specifically, it looks an awful lot like what TMNT looks like these days. It's almost like they're trying to take what they did in 1991 and adapt it to 2020. Shocking, I know.
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One of the hardest beat-em up NES games I owned. Crazy difficulty when you're on those bikes, lol.
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Jul 31, 2020, 16:12
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 15:23:
Beamer wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 15:12:
Don't forget this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtQ_RSF1jYU

As for the target audience, it isn't us. It's rarely us.


Why call it Battletoads then?

Have you ever watched speedruns or let's plays from NES games? They're rarely people over 35. There's still demand for this, and Battletoads is still a big name to a lot of young'ns. People who look at the fact that it had only 1 fun stage as a good quality, rather than those of us that paid $70 or whatever in 1991 and then wondered why the hell the game only had one fun stage.

Seriously, the original only had one fun stage.

But the amount of people that owned the original Battletoads and still buy video games is massively dwarved by the amount of people that love the legend of Battletoads, the most cheaply hard game.
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jdreyer wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 15:23:
Beamer wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 15:12:
Don't forget this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtQ_RSF1jYU

As for the target audience, it isn't us. It's rarely us.


Why call it Battletoads then?

Right? I'm not completely against the art style, but if it's going to try to be the same tough-as -fuck gameplay, cartooney graphics rarely allow for precision. Streets of Rage 4 managed to go HD without feeling like it betrayed its roots, so...I'm gonna hold off on my annoyance/old man rage until reviews come out.
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Beamer wrote on Jul 31, 2020, 15:12:
Don't forget this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtQ_RSF1jYU

As for the target audience, it isn't us. It's rarely us.


Why call it Battletoads then?
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Don't forget this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtQ_RSF1jYU

As for the target audience, it isn't us. It's rarely us.

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Sigh, I'll give it a look when it comes out, but yeah, I feel like a mistake was made with this art style. Although Battletoads was as cartoony as was possible on NES...
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Yeah, the art style is a turn-off for me as well. I feel like they're targeting the wrong audience with this.
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Definitely not digging the angry birds/where's my water art aesthetic. Would much rather gameplay similar to the NES titles with high res pixel art, lots of parallax scrolling, great music and simple game mechanics. Now get off my lawn.
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