BattleToads Adds Strategic Depth to Classic Couch Co-op

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Luke Winkie

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Rare is gearing up to deliver the most mechanically-rich BattleToads game of all time. The forthcoming reboot, which was announced at E3 2018 and is being co-developed with DLala Studios, outfits the titular meathead amphibians with an SNK-ish number of combos, wrinkles, and synergies to their moveset. Yes, Rash, Pimple, and Zitz will once again beat up on an endless corridor of antagonistic woodland creatures, but this time they can do so while juggling them in the sky, by lining up frame-perfect finishing moves, and by combining the strengths and weaknesses of the trio into the most menacing force ever assembled on a dorm-room couch. A typical sequence had me initiating a three-punch combo on an enemy, uppercutting them in the air, before transforming one of the Toads into an anthropomorphic power drill to rain down chaos on anyone left in the hitbox. It felt like playing as Dante, or pre-fatherhood Kratos, and I mean that in a good way.

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