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Update: Put your Magic Conch shells away, kids, and wonder no more. Japan’s release of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated isn’t getting a big delay! THQ Nordic Japan’s Twitter account tweeted out the game’s new release date and thankfully it’s not far off — it’ll be available on Thursday, August 20th.


Ready your spatulas, Japan! The yellow sponge is nearly here!

For SpongeBob SquarePants fans who were looking forward to seeing the cuboid-shaped cartoon star on Nintendo Switch, you’ll have to keep using their imagination for a while longer, as SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated’s Japanese release has been delayed.

The remastered platformer was meant to launch in Japan today, August 4th, but according to a report from Japanese Nintendo, publisher THQ Nordic has postponed the release. The studio has not yet shared a new release date, nor a reason for the delay.

The game, which launched in other territories in June, received positive reception and a number of accolades, — quite rare for a licensed game, especially one aimed at a young audience.

Are you ready to wait, kids?


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A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!