New Battletoads comes to Xbox Game Pass in August

Rare and Dlala Studios’ reboot of Battletoads is coming to Xbox One and Windows PC — via Windows 10 and Steam — on Aug. 20, Microsoft announced Friday. The game will launch on Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.

The new Battletoads is a retro three-player beat-’em-up/platformer. And yes, the grueling bike racing segments are back, just from a different perspective, as you can see in the launch date trailer above. Battletoads supports drop-in, drop-out local co-op play, and promises “difficulty settings designed to suit everyone from Tadpole to Battletoad.”

Microsoft announced the new Battletoads at E3 2018, revealing the game’s cartoonish hand-drawn art style and developer Dlala Studios’ involvement. Original Battletoads developer Rare is involved in a collaborative capacity.

Originally released 1991 by Rare for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Battletoads has long been a badge of courage for any player brave enough to try it. It was an unreasonably hard game, earning Internet meme status a decade ago. The game is included in Rare Replay, a collection of the studio’s games for Xbox One.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Best Buy is throwing in another three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate when you buy a three-month membership at the standard price. That’s a six-month membership for the price of three months.

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