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Classic Nickelodeon games are returning, thanks to THQ Nordic

SpongeBob, Invader Zim, Rocko and more are coming soon to consoles

spongebob: battle for bikini bottom art Vicarious Visions/THQ

Several Nickelodeon series from the past two-plus decades are heading to modern consoles, with help from THQ Nordic. The companies have partnered to bring back a number of games from the Nickelodeon catalog starting later this year, THQ Nordic announced.

THQ Nordic hasn’t revealed which specific games it plans on remastering or re-releasing, instead naming the franchises that it plans to revive. On the list are some obvious choices — SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly OddParents, Avatar: The Last Airbender — as well as a few surprising picks. Although fans of a certain age may remember cartoons like Back at the Barnyard and Catscratch, neither one is likely to inspire much nostalgia.

Here’s the full list of Nickelodeon series whose games the company plans to re-release:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Back at the Barnyard
  • Catscratch
  • Danny Phantom
  • El Tigre
  • Invader Zim
  • Jimmy Neutron
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot
  • Rocket Power
  • Rocko’s Modern Life
  • Rugrats
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Tak and the Power of JuJu
  • The Fairly OddParents (US only)
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • The Wild Thornberrys

Regardless, THQ Nordic and Nickelodeon’s partnership is meant to speak to one of the games publisher’s stated goals: ensuring that older properties are able to find a new life with modern audiences. THQ Nordic has previously revived and remastered games like Darksiders, and has announced plans to do the same with the PlayStation 2-era game Destroy All Humans!

THQ Nordic also has a history with Nickelodeon: The original THQ Inc. held the Nickelodeon license prior to its liquidation in 2013. Nordic Games later bought THQ in 2014, a year after the company declared bankruptcy.

It’s unclear when we’ll see Tak and the Power of JuJu (a rare Nickelodeon property that started life as a video game), SpongeBob’s various games and the rest of the series back on shelves, but THQ Nordic plans to reveal more “in the coming months.”

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