Way back in 1991, the Sega Genesis console was highly coveted in my household. We had one and my Mom once even paid monthly for the high-tech Sega Channel when it came out in 1994. I could play — when my brother wasn’t — for hours, switching among the various games we had instant access to back in the day.
One of those games was ToeJam & Earl, the story of two rapping aliens attempting to navigate Earth in order to find the parts needed to repair their ship and go home. In 1994, three years after the first game, there came a sequel called ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron. Apparently, the Xbox got a go at the series with the third installment in 2002.
I enjoyed the oddness of the aliens, the music, and the noises the characters made while playing. It was strange, gleeful fun.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, a reboot/sequel called ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove will release on March 1, 2019, on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam. Not only that but Macaulay Culkin’s comedic website Bunny Ears is moving into the video game arena by executive producing the game.
It’s a 1990s nostalgia party and we’re all invited. It looks GLORIOUS.
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