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ToeJam and Earl return to save the people of Earth

ToeJam and Earl are returning on a day next year that’s already clearly destined to be a global holiday. It’s been far too long since we’ve seen the alien duo, 13 years in fact, since the deeply flawed ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth hit Xbox.

But forget that installment, the developers at Humanature Studios and Adult Swim Games clearly have. ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is a semi-remake of the first classic Genesis game that combines it with the side-scrolling second installment as well, giving the game new graphics, a ton of new features, and that same funky feel that we’ve all been missing.

Listen, forget Sonic. ToeJam & Earl was one of the best games for Genesis owners to use to taunt Super Nintendo fans. The alien hip-hop duo was simply so funky, so fresh, and the game was so unique and challenging. This game did procedurally generated levels before there was even a term for it.

Plus, it offered co-op play before that was a thing either, as you can play as either of the main characters and explore this strange world full of terrifying earthlings. You’d collect strange gifts, exploring the world as you liked thanks to a dynamic splitscreen mode that allowed you to roam where you pleased without being tied to your friend.

The new game will feature nine playable characters including Latisha, Lewanda, GeekJam, Peabo, and Earl’s mom, Flo. Fans of the original will be pleased to note that secret locations such as the infamous Level 0 will return, as well as 13 remakes of the classic tracks and 13 new songs. The game also supports four-player co-op, both local and online.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is coming to consoles and PC in 2017, although you can add it to your Steam wishlist right now. You can, and you should. Welcome back to Earth.

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