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3 Decades Later, There’s A New Rugrats Game For The Original Nintendo

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There’s a new Rugrats video game coming out this year….for the original Nintendo, the “NES”! Yes, that’s right, nearly 30 years after Nintendo discontinued the NES system in North America and Europe (back in 1995) and nearly 20 years after the Rugrats series ended (on August 1st, 2004), there’s a new “NES” game.

“Rugrats” has that early 90’s “Pixel” aesthetic.

Titled “Rugrats: Adventures in Gameland”, the game is the product of co-developers “The MIX Games” and “Wallride”, and features a “retro” pixelated platformer aesthetic making it look like it came from the NES catalog back in the late 80’s/early 90’s (though there is a toggle option to make the artwork look more clean and “hi-def” in appearance). The platformer game will be coming to the Playstation 4 and 5, the Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, the Nintendo Switch and on PC. However, the unique spin on the game is that publisher “Limited Run Games” is releasing a physical version for the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

Check out the trailer below:

Though the animated series premiered on Nickelodeon in 1991, the earliest “Rugrats” video games started being released in 1998 (around the time of the first “Rugrats” movie, a huge hit for Nickelodeon at the time).

A demo for the game was released just yesterday as part of “Steam Next Fest”, an event hosted by PC digital distribution service “Steam”. Following the release of the demo, developers “The MIX Games” and “Wallride” announced the game is scheduled for March, 2024, but an exact release date has not been revealed yet.

The official press release read as follows:

“Everyone’s favorite babies are back in action! When Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil see a commercial for the new Reptar video game, they pretend that they’re in a video game of their own! Through the power of imagination, the babies transform Tommy’s house into a video game world full of action, excitement, and adventure!

Key Features

  • Puzzle-platforming combining beloved gameplay from the NES era with modern game design.
  • Multiple levels with unique themes, secrets, and boss encounters from the Rugrats world.
  • Hop, bop, explore and swap babies, with each having their own unique abilities and mechanics.
  • Cameos of beloved characters from the TV show spread throughout the game.
  • High-definition version features hand drawn animations to match the cartoon’s style.
  • Players can toggle between 8-bit and high-definition art.
  • Two-player cooperative play.”

Look for the Rugrats to invade the original Nintendo (and modern systems) in March.

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