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Battletoads trademark filed by Microsoft

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It’s time to scratch a Rash, pop a Pimple and burst a Zit. No, I haven’t been frequenting the Reddit popping thread again, but I have been dipping into some Battletoads nostalgia as of late. And it looks like that trip down memory lane was well timed, because Battletoads may be returning.

Well, according to a trademark that Microsoft filed, that is. As a former Rare property, Battletoads could be returning in the form of a high voltage reboot along the lines of that other well-received classic, Killer Instinct. Or it could be coming back as a higher-defined remake of the home console classic. Or as a set of costumes for your avatars. The point is, is that it’s not inconceivable to imagine the shape-shifting toads returning in some form within the next few years.

“Microsoft often acquires various trademarks as part of its ongoing business strategy, but beyond that we have no comment,” Microsoft told Polygon. Here’s an image of the actual trademark, from VGLeaks:

battletoads trademark

Battletoads was one of many potential rivals to the animation juggernaut that were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in the early days of the 1990s. They got their first shot at the big time with a 1991 NES game, and a cartoon that was responsible rectal bleeding due to poor quality standards in an age that produced such nightmare fuel as Denver The Last Dinosaur and Widget The World Watcher. A number of games were released, but none of them can compare to the sado-masochistic turbo-tunnel from the very first game:

In other news, I’m getting in on this craze before it really kicks off and trademarking video games based on Street Sharks and Biker Mice From Mars.

Last Updated: November 11, 2014


  1. Don’t Forget Dinosaucers….. need to trademark that shit, son.


  2. Hammersteyn

    November 11, 2014 at 09:43

    It’s gonna be dumbed down so that the kiddies (whiners) can enjoy it, but it will be nice if the include a “Nintendo mode” for the hardcore fans.


  3. RinceThis

    November 11, 2014 at 09:43

    GAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The Horror! THE HORROR! This game almost killed me, and OvG. Man oh man. The stress this thing induced was legendary. Rince: “Jump OvG, JUMP” OvG” “Que?” Rince: “NOOOOOOOO! You trolling bastard!”


    • Hammersteyn

      November 11, 2014 at 09:44

      Check out AVGNs channel, he and Mike played that level recently.


      • RinceThis

        November 11, 2014 at 09:48

        I can’t man. If I do all those years of therapy would be a waste. Very few other games have made me want to murder a sibling.


        • Hammersteyn

          November 11, 2014 at 09:48

          This and the swimming level of TMNT


          • RinceThis

            November 11, 2014 at 09:49

            YES! You are spot on man!

          • Hammersteyn

            November 11, 2014 at 09:50

            Thank heavens they never made you swim on a turbo bike O_o

  4. Thami540

    November 11, 2014 at 09:47

    My second favorite game of all time.


  5. Guild

    November 11, 2014 at 09:51

    Such an awesome classic. Definitely one of my all time favourites


  6. FoxOneZA

    November 11, 2014 at 10:43

    This and Samurai Pizza Cats!


    • Corrie

      November 11, 2014 at 11:00

      The series is set in the mechanical city of Little Tokyo, a mechanical city which fuses feudal Japanese culture with contemporary culture, and is populated by cybernetic anthropomorphic
      animals. The city is notionally led by Emperor Fred, a doddering
      eccentric. The city’s actual leadership lies in the hands of his
      daughter Princess Violet and a city council. The council is headed by the ambitious prime minister
      Seymour “The Big” Cheese, a rat, who constantly plots to overthrow the
      Emperor. He is aided by his inept minions: trusted adviser Jerry Atric
      and Bad Bird, the leader of an army of ninja crows.Unknown to the prime minister, council member “Big Al” Dente,
      the commander of the Palace Guard, learns of his designs on leadership,
      but is unable to prosecute him for treason because of the plausible deniability he maintains. Instead, Al Dente enlists the services of Speedy Ceviche, Polly Esther, and Guido Anchovy, three cyborg cat samurai
      who work in the city’s pizzeria, along with their operator Francine.
      Known collectively as the Samurai Pizza Cats, they are assigned to stop
      Big Cheese and his evil henchmen’s plans to take over Little Tokyo

      MUCH EPIC PLOT!!, seriously though never heard of this 0_o


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