If you were around in the 80s, you probably remember The Garbage Pail Kids. Beginning life as a series of gross-out trading cards from Topps in 1985, it eventually spawned its own movie in 87, before parental complaints and dwindling sales forced its creators to discontinue the gruesome series.
Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on the strength of your stomach, one of the side-effects of this all too fleeting success was that we never got to see what a licensed Garbage Pail Kids game would look like. But now thanks to the publisher iam8Bit and the developer Retrotainment, a brand-new NES game, based on its disgusting catalog of characters, is on the way.
It's called The Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum, and will be a time-traveling adventure, written by Adam F. Goldberg and Retrotainment. You will get to switch between four of the Garbage Pail Kids, with each having its own special abilities. This includes Mad Mike's melee attacks; Leaky Lindsay's snot rockets; Patty Putty's diaper slams; and Luke Puke's uhhh...puke.
Tim Hartman, the producer at Retrotainment says in a press release:
"For years we've wanted to bring the Garbage Pail Kids to life in 8-bit form and we're honored that Topps allowed us to give GPK the game it's deserved for 30+ years."
The NES cartridge ($79.99) will come in two color variations: Mad Mike Blue and a rare Stale Gum Pink. They come packaged in a retro box, which includes an instruction booklet, a code for a digital edition, and some jumbo trading cards. The cartridges will apparently start shipping in Q1 2023.
A digital-only edition ($9.99) will also be available for download on October 25th for PS4, Xbox One, PC (via Steam), and Nintendo Switch. You will also be able to play it on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 via back-compatibility. This comes with several additional goodies from Retrotainment and Digital Eclipse, including video extras, concept art, card scans, a music player, save states, and other gameplay extras.
So if you've ever felt robbed of enjoying an 8-bit style Garbage Pail Kids' adventure, now's your chance to act!
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