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The newest trailer for Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited film adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel, showed off so many licensed characters and vehicles, it’d make a copyright lawyer blackout. On top of characters like The Joker, Chucky (the haunted doll, not the Rugrat) and KITT from Knight Rider, a number of video game characters are woven into the movie.

Ryu, Chun Li and Blanka from Street Fighter all make an appearance, as well as the main character from Joust. There’s also a shot of dragon statues that appear to be somewhat similar to the iconic Mortal Kombat logo.

Most excitingly is that, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Seventeen, the Battletoads — Rash, Zitz and Pimple — all make an appearance in a big-budget movie. Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg put the Battletoads in a movie. Just take a moment to think about this a little more: the director of Schindler’s List saw the Battletoads and said “Yes, I must have them.” What a time to be alive.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for more game characters when this modern-day, nerdier Who Framed Roger Rabbit? releases on March 30th.

In the meantime, keep it here on Nintendo Wire for more Battletoads: The Movie news, and check out the trailer for yourself below.



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Written by Bryan Finch

A video editor by trade, Bryan Finch is a lifetime Nintendo fan, and he loves writing about his passions. He also spends too much time playing and watching fighting games. Bryan enjoys​​ movies, comics, cooking with his wife, and the idea of Elite Beat Agents 2.