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Toejam and Earl Panic on Funkotron (GEN) Discussion (Nintendo Virtual Console) [game]
 

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Posted: 02/22/13, 03:20:49  - Edited by 
 on: 02/22/13, 03:20:59
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Love the original. Never really got into this sequel, though. I've heard a lot of people say it's a great little platformer, but I find it frustrating to have to stop every 10 feet to shake a tree.

If you guys pick it for the rgc, I'll give it another shot, though.
Posted: 02/22/13, 04:23:46
Never played it. The graphic style, music, character designs, and gameplay I've seen have always turned me off from this game.
Posted: 02/22/13, 06:04:25
Crap, you know, I didn't even think to not suggest something on the Wii Virtual Console. If we vote for it, I'll have cost everyone $1.50 at some point!
Posted: 02/22/13, 06:57:30  - Edited by 
 on: 02/22/13, 07:06:25
I adored both of these games... some favorites on the Genesis as a kid. They were both brimming with such unique gameplay concepts for the time, and even impressive technical feats, such as getting the split screen, multi-level co-op to function. The first game is also one of very few that I was able to get my mom to play with me.

It makes the failure of the third game in the series that much more heart-breaking. I bought it even after the terrible reviews and tried hard to convince myself that I liked it (I really don't), even writing personal letters of support to the original creators and thanking them for at least trying. Visual Concepts was not a good developer choice and the game was full of terrible stereotypes... the funk was not strong with it.

I also think the series still has so much potential for proper revival, especially on devices like 3DS or Wii U. Too bad the creators' studio shut down and they split up. We'll never see it back as a full retail game, but perhaps a smaller developer can acquire the rights to a smaller, digital product someday?
Posted: 02/22/13, 11:50:13
My brain has been racing today, thinking about how a modern ToeJam and Earl game could work. Man, I wish I could just wish that game into existence. It'd be hilarious.
Posted: 02/22/13, 15:15:06
I can't remember if it was the original or the sequel, but my friend who had a Genesis and I used to play that game often. It was a lot of fun.
Posted: 02/22/13, 19:50:17
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