Battletoads is one of Rare's most beloved games from the NES era. An attempt to create a media brand that could rival the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Battletoads mixed platforming with side-scrolling combat, and is famous for its unforgiving difficulty level. It spawned several sequels (including a crossover with Double Dragon) and has recently been revived on modern systems.
Columbus Circle, the Japanese firm famous for its retro hardware and physical re-releases, is republishing the Famicom version of the game today. It's under licence from Extreme, the company which owns the rights of Masaya / NCS, the original publisher of the game in Japan back in the early '90s.
Before you get too excited, it's worth noting that this only relates to the Japanese version of the game, and we're sadly not likely to see a physical re-release of the NES version.
In the west, Battletoads was published by the now-defunct Tradewest. Tradewest became part of WMS Industries in 1994 and was rebranded as Williams Entertainment, Inc. and two years later would be renamed Midway Home Entertainment, Inc. Midway went out of business in 2010, but former Midway subsidiaries Midway Games Ltd (UK) Midway Games SAS (France) were purchased and renamed Tradewest Games Holding in 2009. The current status of that company is unclear, but it doesn't appear to be in business anymore.
Overall ownership of the Battletoads franchise now belongs with Rare's parent company, Microsoft.
I would 100% buy a North American physical re-release of Battletoads for NES…or a physical release on Switch.
Nah, i am not a Fan of the Game.
Why have this, when Turtles in Time exists
I had this on the NES when it was first released, one of the hardest games ever.. I am sure that I am not the only one that was never able to finish it. 😁
I’d have to be getting a collection of sorts to buy this. Battletoads and double dragon was my favorite.
I would love to Battletoads added to Switch Online.
I already have this on physical release. "Rare Replay".
@Ventilator Oh, even better, we need Rare Replay on Switch!
There's no end to this, is there?
Grab the original, find a legit way to play digitally/an existing physical compilation or go the emulation route. Do we really need to keep endlessly reprinting physical editions of decades old games for hardware that will increasingly fail in the coming few decades.
I should note that for the Famicom release, the game's legendary difficulty was toned down quite a bit, and the Mega Drive/Genesis version brings in most of its changes.)
There was a physical re-release of the NES version last year from iam8bit as part of their Legacy Cartridge Collection.
Also, I LOVE the Famicom version of this game and play through it from time to time because I can actually beat it without too much trouble (Famicom version is pretty much "Easy" mode, with the Genesis/Mega Drive version being "Normal," and the NES original being "Hard")
Releasing licensed, quality-guaranteed, new physical copies of games that initially had a low print run (See Shantae for GBC, Worms Armageddon, and a few others) allow for people to have the original hardware experience without paying inflated ebay prices.
These reprints also allow the original publisher to make a small amount of income with the sales, unlike the $0 received as people buy and trade existing copies.
There is nothing wrong with these. Frankly, I wish Nintendo and TPCI would reprint their games that are the most expensive on the open market (Fire Emblem for GC/Wii, Pokemon Colo/XD, and indeed many prior Pokemon games come to mind), and provide actual prints for the games that never saw release outside of Japan or Europe, yet were still localized (Earthbound Beginnings, Star Fox 2, Sin & Punishment, Another Code R, Tingle's Rosie Rupeelans, etc.)
@EliGamerX The genesis version is my favorite. Still can't beat it though.
@Chrysologus Or better. Buy a cheap Series S console, and get Game Pass. Included there.
This is one of those games that's a "classic" for all the wrong reasons.
@Ventilator I have the real physical release on my nes complete in box from my childhood
@jrt87 I still have and use my nes from 1986 which is 35 years old and still works like a champ...on that not I still have my 64 and ps1 from 1997 and both still work.and I had to replace my ps4,ps3,ps2,360 and Xbox one multiple times..on that not I also still using my launch day original xbox and my launch day gamecube...so I disagree which your comment
At least it's not LRG. 🤮
I prefer that Battletoads arcade beat 'em up that's on Rare Replay.
$%&##%*%^×$÷^ >:- (
Good thing Japan doesn't have GameStops. I would pity those who work there if they existed.
Got very confused when you said Columbus Circle was launching a new Japanese-only version, since Columbus Circle is a real place here in NYC.
I think the tag-line here is confusing, since it's not explained until the second paragraph of the article and I CAN'T be the only one not familiar with this retro-focused Japanese company.
I hate love this game.
Best NES game ever.
Still have the original copy.
It's likely Retro-Bit may try to do a repro print of this game at some point. They just need to get permission from Microsoft, Rare, and Dlala Studios (who now had the rights for the IP and was responsible for the 2020 reboot of the game).
@Chrysologus I wish.
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