If all you pranksters out there picked up the phone, called Microsoft, and asked if they had Battletoads, much to your dismay, the answer would now be yes. How unfortunate for your hecklers and trolls. If you haven't read about Microsoft trademarking the Battletoads name, where have you been? Click the picture below to read you some news:
The big question, if they are planning next gen titles, how could Battletoads be brought into the 21st century with flair? My opinion, if it is a solo reprisal, they should use one of three games as their influence or template of how to do it: Castle Crashers for multi-player mayhem, Ninja Gaiden's next gen games for a 3D flavor, or Muramasa for a 2D over the top action platformer. If they take the other route and use the toads as part of an amalgam of different IP's mashed together, one possibility is a fighting game a la Super Smash Bros or Marvel vs Capcom. I don't think any other series can truly capture lighting in a bottle the same way Super Smash Bros has, so I personally hope they don't take it that direction. Adding them into a fighting game could show promise, especially if they also reprise other famous Rare characters and other Microsoft owned characters. The only necessary element regardless of play style or game type, the toads must retain their humor and over the top styling to their combat. If there aren't any gigantic, ram-horned head butts, or ridiculously large, combat boot punts, it's just not Battletoads. Also, if a next gen beat-em up is the goal, friendly fire better be possible as that was part of their charm in the co-op multiplayer mode. That's right, kill your friends and give them the old:
Those are just my opinions. What are yours regarding Battletoads? Do you like the idea of resurrecting the series or even the characters? If so, what direction would you take it, whether it be remastering old games or creating next-gen Battletoads titles?