Beloved Rare franchise Battletoads made an appearance at this year's E3, albeit sadly not for a Nintendo platform, in the form of a new three-player beat 'em up. It all looks pretty fun and all, but just imagine if it looked like this.

The artwork comes from Raf Grassetti, Art Director at God of War studio Sony Santa Monica. We've actually featured his work on the site several times before thanks to his realistic recreations of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters, but this time he's turned his attention to what he describes as "the hardest game ever made".

He says, "My homage to the hardest game ever made! Battletoads was one of the games I played the most growing up. I’ve always wanted to do my take on the games that really changed my childhood".

Of course, we're kind of joking around a little here - we're not sure we'd really want to ditch the series' cartoony vibe - but you never know how it'd turn out. At this point, we'd take any kind of Battletoads goodness on Switch.

What do you think? Can you imagine a huge AAA version of Battletoads on the big screen? Would that completely ruin the franchise for you? Whatever your thoughts, share them with us below.