The Garbage Pail Kids Invites You to Retro Gaming

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If you're in the mood for a bit of 80s nostalgia, then you have to check out what iam8bit Presents has in store. In partnership with Retrotainment and Topps, iam8bit is releasing a new NES game titled Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum.

If you still have that retro console, go ahead and pre-order it here. If not, don’t worry since it's coming digitally on October 25 to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

In a statement, Retrotainment Producer Tim Hartman revealed that they've always wanted to bring back Garbage Pail Kids, especially in 8-bit form. He added that they feel honored to have been allowed to make this game.

Meanwhile, iam8bit co-owners and co-creative directors Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White shared that making a game within the bounds of what's possible while using NES development tools needed a lot of imagination. They added that this game is a relic from the past that's seen through the lens of the present and developed by old-school maestros.

Physical Edition

The Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum NES cartridge is priced at $79.99, offered in two randomly distributed color variants: Mad Mike Blue and the ultra-rare Stale Gum Pink. The two are packaged in a high-quality retro box and sleeve that should bring that NES game smell.

There’s also a premium full-color instruction booklet and four jumbo 5" x 7" trading cards that feature the cast of playable kids. The cartridges are expected to be shipped in the first quarter of 2023. By the way, the pre-orders for the cartridge also come with a download code for the digital edition for free.

Digital Edition

The digital edition is priced at $9.99, and it includes Retrotainment's complete game, along with a full suite of extras curated and proprietarily developed by Digital Eclipse. The digital edition also these extras:

  • Video Extras
    • Fury Load
      • Check out an exclusive supercut of Adam F. Goldberg's Garbage Pail Kids – Mad Mike: Fury Load stop-motion animated shorts, which directly inspired Retrotainment's game.
    • The Quest for Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum documentary trailer
      • This video digs into the mystery behind ​ Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum .
  • Concept Art
    • Browse through these behind-the-scenes production images to see how Topps' original card creations made the transformation from cardboard to silicon.
  • ​Archival Card Scans
    • Take a look at some of the most memorable Garbage Pail Kids in their original form through high-res scans.
  • ​Music Player
    • If you love a particular track, play it 'til your speakers melt.
  • ​Gameplay Extras
    • Save states and rewinds help players who may be a little rusty.
    • Visual filters simulate a variety of old-school displays.
    • New screen borders fill the edges for those who aren't playing on a 4:3 CRT.

What do you think? Excited to try and play this one?

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