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

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