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Frogger Returns Coming To WiiWare

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Twelve times the size of the original game, says Konami

Frogger, the little amphibian who has been trying to cross roads with varying success since the early 80's, is coming back for another go this fall.

Frogger Returns, slated for a fall release, is being developed by Konami for PlayStation Network and WiiWare. New for this time around are time travel, invincibility and time freeze power-ups and a new camera angle, and Konami promises lovely 3D graphics, local multiplayer and a game 12 times the size of the original. That's a lot of highway.

We'll have more on this as it comes, and be sure to check out our full review when the game drops.

If our little friend only learned how to use crosswalks he wouldn't wind up in so many traffic pickles. Of course, that would make a really crap game.

El Segundo, Calif. - October 27, 2009 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Frogger Returns for Nintendo WiiWare™ and PlayStation®Network. Based on the timeless arcade game, the latest iteration of Frogger delivers the addictive dodge-and-run gameplay fans know and love on an all-new platform.

In Frogger Returns, players are thrown back into the hustle and bustle of city life to guide their amphibious friend, Frogger, from the city back to his home marsh. Frogger Returns stays true to the classic arcade gameplay style, but is enhanced with improved graphics, a new camera angle, and new levels. Streets, sewers, subways, and numerous other obstacles and enemies are in play - all for the sake of keeping Frogger away from returning home!

But Frogger isn't surrounded by just hurdles; new power-ups including time reverse, invincibility and time freeze also aid Frogger in his travels.

Frogger Returns boasts a game 12 times the size of the original, crisp 3D graphics and local multiplayer capabilities. Players can go head-to-head in timed capture-the-pad races, as well as compete with friends by showing off their best scores. With a 25-year legacy, innovative controller options and extended levels, Frogger Returns provides all players the ultimate casual and core gaming experience.

Frogger Returns will be available for download later this fall on Nintendo WiiWare™ and PlayStation®Network. For more information, please visit www.konami.com/downloads.

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User Comments (32)

Vendetta

#1

Vendetta said:

I'm really looking forward to this one, as I "grew up" playing the original - which I hope they include as a bonus game. I can't wait to see what the refresh brings, though.

MERG

#3

MERG said:

This is an instant download for me. I have many fond memories of playing Frogger as a kid...many years ago.

WaLzgiStaff

#9

WaLzgi said:

Another old franchises being revived? :O Awesome! I can't wait to tell my mother (she's a big frogger fan)

the_shpydar

#14

the_shpydar said:

Cool. Loved Frogger back in the day (as well as the sequel, ThreeDeep!).

But i do still have a bad taste in my mouth from the recent purported "Frogger 2" that appeared on XBLA -- easily one of the worst games ever made. I only played the free demo of that one, and i still want my money back

BulbasaurusRex

#22

BulbasaurusRex said:

Wasn't the original Frogger only the size of a single screen? 12 times a single screen is really tiny for a modern game.

Draygone

#26

Draygone said:

"If our little friend only learned how to use crosswalks he wouldn't wind up in so many traffic pickles. Of course, that would make a really crap game."

They should totally make a joke stage that is exactly that. But of course have Frogger get flattened if he hops outside the crosswalk.

Syr

#27

Syr said:

I get the impression that with the 12 times the original size statement they mean the size in megabytes.. or kilobytes as the case may be.. but if the original came out in 1981 wouldn't it be terribly small? So 12 times terribly small would be what.. 10 megs? :P Rather silly statement imo.

Sean_Aaron

#28

Sean_Aaron said:

I do hope the original is in there, but if this has all the flavour without some of the pollution of the more recent entries I'll be happy.

SmaMan

#30

SmaMan said:

I remember once playing this Frogger clone on the PC once. It was in 3D and had weird maze levels and stuff. It was really hard with it's near impossible time limits but I remember playing it all the time back in the day.

RaylaxStaff

#32

Raylax said:

"Frogger Returns boasts a game 12 times the size of the original"

Whilst I used to love Frogger, how exactly do you expand upon a traffic-dodging game to make it 12 times bigger? 12 times longer route to the finish? That's gonna get boring. I'm willing to bet that it just means 12 different themed stages with much the same aim. But with rhinos or tanks or something instead of cars.
I dunno, I remain suspicious about whether this will turn out good. There's been so many Frogger games out and so few truly good ones, feels a bit like flogging a dead horse now. Or a dead frog, natch.

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