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Blast From The Past | ToeJam & Earl

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Blast From The Past, Funk, Funk It, Funkadelic, Funkopolis, Funky town, Sega, SEGA Genesis, SEGA Mega Drive games, Toejam & Earl

Blast From The Past | ToeJam & Earl

Nintendo's dominance of the home console market in the late 80s and their monopolisation of arcade agreements meant that SEGA had to do something rather different with the Mega Drive. Nintendo thrived on solid foundations that were then built upon – recycling characters, themes, and ideas to make better and better games. SEGA had to find new IPs that would stick.

The greatest example of that is, of course, Sonic; but in their quest for original material, the Mega Drive became a hotbed of experimentation and often riskier releases, giving rise to quirky classics, the likes of which we will probably never see grace a home console again (re-releases aside). One such game – an enduring tale of haphazard piloting, funky aliens, pickpocketing Santa Claus, Icarus wings, rocket skates, nefarious hula girls, and the redemptive power of hip-hop beats – was ToeJam & Earl.

Blast From The Past | ToeJam & Earl

The stage was set as so...One day, our eponymous heroes are out for a little joyride, when ToeJam (the three-legged, stalk-eyed, Flava Flav wannabe) decides to let his chum Earl (the Bermuda-shorts-wearing, sunburnt, chunky one) pilot the spaceship for a bit. Earl, being a worse pilot than Porkins, subsequently crashes the ship into Earth, and the duo must sally forth and retrieve the ten missing pieces of the spaceship in order to take off once more and make the journey home.

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RUMOUR: ToeJam & Earl Getting Re-Release Treatment

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Funk, Funkadelic, Funkasaurus, Re-release, Sega, Toejam & Earl

RUMOUR: ToeJam & Earl Getting Re-Release Treatment

Can you feel the funk? We'd be incredibly psyched for a return to the planet of Funkotron, and so we're rather hoping that this latest rumour is true as reports emerge that SEGA - having given the re-release treatment to Gunstar Heroes and Jet Set Radio - will next be turning to the adventures of ToeJam and Earl.

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