Don’t whiz on the electric fence
Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! In perhaps the single most inevitable reveal of all time, hyper-violent Messrs Ren and Stimpy have been officially announced for Fair Play Labs Super Smash Bros.-style fighting game Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.
Ren Hoek and Stimpson J. Cat, who wowed younglings in the early ’90s with their irreverent adventures and parent-bothering weirdness, will play as a duo in battle, utilizing each other in order to gain an upper hand on the opposition. I say “utilizing each other”, but this roughly translates to Ren slapping seven shades of Shinola out of Stimpy as he looks on blankly. Keep your eyes peeled, however, for the appearance of everyone’s favorite toy, Log (by Blammo!).
The Ren and Stimpy Show took television by storm in 1991 with its wild visual style, non-sequitur storytelling, and love of slapstick comedy and gross-out humor. The show raised the eyebrows and clucked the tongues of parents and TV standards folk, who frowned upon its sexual innuendo and nightmarish look, but kids (including yours truly) absolutely lapped it up. The initial run was followed by the controversial six-episode series Adult Party Cartoon, which was taken off the air amidst a mire of legal controversy that would only get uglier and darker with time, forever casting something of a shadow over the brand forever. The duo has previously appeared in numerous terrible video games.
Ren and Stimpy, (alongside their buddy Powdered Toast Man) join a roster that includes stars such as TMNT‘s Michaelangelo and April O’ Neil, Hey Arnold‘s Helga, SpongeBob SquarePants, and his pal Sandy Cheeks. It’s a fine-looking title, though it can’t be denied the lack of voice work really hurts its spirit, especially with characters such as these. For more details on the gruesome twosome’s moveset, check out the full breakdown over on PlayStation Blog.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch platforms this fall.
Senior Editor – Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.