SEGA Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl coming to XBLA and PSN

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Release information for the next entry in SEGA’s ongoing Vintage Collection series was revealed today, this time featuring the funktastic duo of ToeJam & Earl. It has so far been confirmed that the collection will be released for Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE Arcade on Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation Network on PlayStation 3, with a possible Steam release hinted at by series co-creator Greg Johnson. The collection will feature the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive classic, ToeJam & and Earl, as well as its sequel, ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron. Though all current Vintage Collection releases have thus far have included three games, it has yet to be confirmed whether or not a third title will be included in latest collection, though it remains likely. Much like the other releases, SEGA Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl will be developed and altered by M2, and will feature online co-operative play, leaderboards, unique trials and challenges for each game, among other extras.

In addition, the Genesis/Mega Drive version of ToeJam & Earl is available on Steam for Windows PC, while its sequel was recently made available on the service as well.

ToeJam & Earl have long been among the most popular and beloved characters in SEGA’s enormous catalog of classic games. They were so popular, in fact, that at one time they were heavily considered to become SEGA’s official mascots, but ended up narrowly losing to SEGA’s current and longest standing mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. The duo were also considered to be included in Sumo Digital’s 2010 racing game Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing after a number of suggestions from the staff, but were ultimately left out due to licensing disputes with series co-creator Greg Johnson. These disputes also led to the cancellation of a planned release of the original game to Xbox Live Arcade after winning a poll arranged by SEGA in 2009. Given its recent revitalization and SEGA’s continued interest in the series, one must wonder if this announcement hints at the possible inclusion of ToeJam and Earl in the upcoming Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Update: Greg Johnson has confirmed the re-release of both ToeJam & Earl and Panic on Funkotron with GameTrailers and Silicon Era. No release date has yet been announced, while more details on the release are sure to follow in the coming days.

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