If you grew up in the ’90s and had a Sega Genesis, you’ve probably heard of Earthworm Jim. If you haven’t, the premise is pretty simple. He’s an Earthworm named Jim that uses a robotic suit to fight evil and save Princess What’s-Her-Face. It was a simple 2-D side-scroller full of personality and wit. The game spawned both a sequel and a short-lived TV series. If you haven’t seen the show, it was pretty cool and had one of the catchiest theme songs of all time. It even featured Homer Simpson voice actor, Dan Castellaneta, as Jim.
However, much like other video game characters of the mid-90s, Jim made the jump to 3D, and it wasn’t pretty. Critically panned by both critics and the original creators (series creator Doug TenNapel said it “Ruined the franchise” in an interview), Earthworm Jim 3D killed any chance of more titles. The series has now become a vague memory of ’90s nostalgia. The only Earthworm Jim game we’ve had since then was an HD Re-release of the original on Xbox 360, PS3 and iPhone. Sadly, the game was removed from all digital storefronts due to licensing issues.
After nearly 20 years of waiting, a new game in the franchise is coming. Announced exclusively on Intellivision’s new upcoming console, the Intellivision Amico, it will feature the return of series creator, Doug TenNapel, as well as David Perry (one of the games original programmers) and Tommy Tallarico (series composer).
Tallarico, who’s also the current CEO of Intellivision, released the following:
“We have been talking about this moment for many years, it’s a dream come true to finally get the entire team back together. We’re looking forward to sharing a small part of our reunion and initial design meeting with fans from around the world. Intellivision Amico is designed to bring friends and families together and we are excited for fans and those just being introduced to the series to get a first look as we kick-off the design of the game.”
Tallarico and the rest of the team will be live-streaming the first design meeting for the game on Twitch this Saturday, May 4th, at 2 PM central time. The team will also give fans a chance to interact with the group, and they’ll be giving away custom Earthworm Jim Artwork. Are you excited about the new Earthworm Jim game? Leave a comment of what you think.