Popular children’s media company Nickelodeon has quite a history with game players. At least once or twice, many of us would receive a game with the face of a beloved Nickelodeon character plastered on the front of the box. While like any adaptation of a movie or television show, many of these games were hit or miss, but they still hold a special place for us for whatever reason.
Nickelodeon has partnered with THQ Nordic to revive some of the popular licensed games that were made during the original THQ era.
This deal will see THQ Nordic bring games back from some of the company’s biggest brands including Rugrats, Danny Phantom, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. The full list includes:
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Back At The Barnyard
My Life As A Teenage Robot
Rocko's Modern Life
Tak And The Power Of JUJU
The Fairly OddParents (US only)
The Ren & Stimpy Show
Talking about its deal with THQ Nordic, Nicklodeon’s senior vice president of toys, Jon Roman said, “The appetite for Nickelodeon content old and new continues to grow, and it’s exciting to bring our beloved content to new audiences through this partnership with THQ Nordic. These titles were popular when they were first released, and we can’t wait for fans around the world to rediscover their favorites.”
Further elaborating, Adrienne Lauer, vice president of digital sales and business development for the Americas at THQ Nordic, added her excitement to the news.
"We believe the combination of strong licenses and solid, crisp gameplay was one of THQ Inc’s trademark strategies, and we intend to continue this tradition," she said. "I am confident we chose one of the strongest partners for doing just that. It is a perfect fit for our 'asset care' strategy: bringing back fan favorites, continuing to support legacy games and make them available on current and even next-gen platforms.”
What games will come from this deal is anyone’s guess; with such a vast library available across their long history, there are many options that can allow you to find an old favorite. We will have to wait and see which games come from this deal, how they choose to distribute each title, and what platforms they choose. We could see physical releases for some games as THQ Nordic has stated that they will share information about "on-shelf availability" in the coming months.
If they are going to give us any games, hopefully they give us Rugrats: Scavenger Hunt from the Nintendo 64, but they will likely give us the best of the best.