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ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove Gets a New Trailer, Early 2019 Release Date

by Ron Duwell | December 6, 2018December 6, 2018 1:30 pm PST

Time to tear the roof off this sucker! The funky duo ToeJam & Earl will make their grand return to the video game world on March 1, 2019 in their latest game, ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove.

The Kickstarter funded project marks the grand return of the 16-bit era duo back into the original roguelike formula that started it all. Their randomized adventure will see the two aliens and other friends gather parts and pieces from around the remains of a destroyed Earth to slap their sick ride back into gear.

Director Greg Johnson reintroduced us to the project with a brand new trailer, the first we’ve seen since the Kickstarter campaign back in 2015!

ToeJam & Earl are also primed for re-release the week with both original games available on SEGA Genesis Classics for the Nintendo Switch. The original is a wholy original experience and one of the first console roguelikes ever made, and it is from this game that Back in the Groove takes its inspiration from.

The sequel, ToeJam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron, is also available in the bundle, but it’s more of a generic 2D platformer. Fun but not overly special outside of the fun setting, characters, and music. A third game in the series, released on the Xbox in 2002, remains best left forgotten. Johnson emphasises that this is the game he’s wanted to make all along.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is what I’ve been wanting to do for the series for over two decades. We’ve got awesome throwbacks, and tons of new features, but most importantly, it plays like a sequel to the original game and we know new players and old fans alike will love it.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is being hyped as a true successor to the Genesis original, and you can pick it up on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC for $19.99 on March 1.


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