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March 2015 Retro Gaming Article

March 5, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Have the Battletoads been lured away from Nintendo consoles in favor of the indie life on Xbone?

As I read through various stories my mind reeled at the possibility of a return of the Battletoads... but on the Xbone... and how does Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight fit in here? Isn't Shovel Knight a Nintendo exclusive?

Battletoads to appear in Xbone version of Shovel Knight Let's start with Battletoads. It is often labeled as one of the hardest NES games out there - which I would agree with. Battletoads arrived on Game Boy and NES in 1991 and again in two Double Dragon titles, Battletoads & Double Dragon for NES in 1993 and Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team for SNES in 1994. They also were ported to Sega's Genesis and Game Gear.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles really stole all the limelight, but Rare's Battletoads were edgier characters and their nemesis, The Dark Queen, was one of the first female villains in a video game. Battletoads didn't blow up into a franchise the way games seem to these days, but modern times have also cemented the notion of endless sequels, so maybe it's for the best. At the same time, Battletoads had crude humor and bloodier battles.

Shovel Knight Shovel Knight by Yacht Club Games. Released for both 3DS and Wii U in June 2014, Shovel Knight put retro 8-bit art into a platformer with great game play. It quickly became a big success. I love this game on my 2DS

Shovel Knight is headed for PS4 and Xbox One release. At this year's Game Developers Conference, it was announced that the Microsoft release will have an addition... Battletoads! Apparently, the Battletoads will appear in the Shovel Knight game for Xbone.

Aside from their retroness, I'm not sure how the Battletoads wind up in Shovel Knight. Perhaps there is some story crossover that I'm unaware of... or it could be one of those odd back-room deals that makes $ense in another way. The best news is the hinting of a new Battletoads game. Alas, I'm not an Xbone owner, but that comes from avoiding all Microsoft products whenever possible. I'm just not a fan of their practices. So anyway...

From a perspective of pure nostalgia, I'd love to see a new Battletoads game come out on any platform - preferably one I own ;)

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