While my colleagues were busy yesterday bringing you all the most up to date information and insight into the announcement of Windows 10, as one of the gaming guys, I just couldn’t stop staring at Xbox Boss Phil Spencer’s radical t-shirt the entire time. Let’s just zoom in there for a second… and… there we go!
Oh yeah, it’s totally Battletoads.
With headlines being dominated by the likes of Cortana coming to Windows 10, the HoloLens’ holograms, and streaming between Xbox One and Windows 10 devices, that logo from the classic amphibian brawler was just perfectly snuck in there for the gaming nerds. Let’s not forget that this is a guy who can’t stop talking about how he wants to get Rare, Battletoad’s original developer, back in the habit of making great games with its classic franchises.
Of course, we also know that Microsoft has filed a trademark for a new Battletoads game as well, so it’s not like this is a well kept secret anymore. An announcement is coming, and it’s just a matter of when. Can we expect to see Battletoads later this year, perhaps at E3? Rare is promising to have a big year with hints of a new Banjo-Kazooie in the works as well.
Retro is “in,” and anything is possible with the right kind of money behind it.
I just have no idea how a Battletoads would work in the modern age. Do you make it gritty and serious like Gears of War, or totally slapstick and humorous like Sunset Overdrive. Much like the original game, which I can’t admit to being a sentimental fan of, I can only really see this as something that is totally self-aware of its own ridiculousness. It’s gotta be both, playing up the Marcus Fenix impersonations, but never once letting you forget that this is, in fact, a toad you are looking at.
Straight up comedy or grit just won’t work, and please, no HD remakes! Plus, it still needs that catchy pause menu beat!