Saturday, January 25, 2020

'SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated' Gets Two Special Editions

First revealed back in June, THQ Nordic and Nickelodeon have announced that SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated, the remake of the much-loved GameCube-era platformer, is getting not one, but two special editions that include a whole load of physical SpongeBob goodies. You might want to start saving now for its non-specific '2020' release date, though, because they won't come cheap - especially the F.U.N. Edition.

Update (1/20/2020) - Nintendo has reportedly announced that SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated will be released on Friday, May 22, 2020!

Update (1/25/2020) - Nintendo may have accidentally let slip SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated's release date, because publisher THQ Nordic has said they haven't even decided on one yet. Also, a version of this game is $300. Hopefully the magic Conch Shell will announce the release date soon!

The first of the two bundles is the Shiny Edition. You can view it the trailer below and it includes the following:

- An 8"/20cm SpongeBob Figurine with Golden Spatula and flexible tongue
- Wallstickers
- 6 Lithographs
- SpongeBob SquarePants tennis socks
- The Game itself
- SRP: $149.99/€149.99/£139.99

The gorgeously sculpted and painted 8″/20cm miniature statue of SpongeBob depicts him wielding his Golden Spatula and letting loose a thunderous tongue-flicking victory screech as his trusty pet snail Gary gives him a perplexed look.

The pricier and shinier F.U.N. Edition, which you'll see in the trailer below, includes all that plus some extras:

- An 8"/20cm SpongeBob Figurine with Golden Spatula and flexible tongue
- A 7"/18cm Figurine of Patrick
- The Sandy 8"/20cm Figurine
- Wallstickers
- A set of Tiki Keyrings
- 6 Lithographs
- SpongeBob SquarePants tennis socks
- The Game itself
- SRP: $299.99/€299.99/£259.99

The statues and assorted goodies certainly look lovely, and even though they are a bit pricier than just buying the game, die-hard SpongeBob fans may well be tempted by these treasure troves.

Both editions will be available for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch when the game launches in 2020 and are ready for pre-orders now.

While Amazon UK is showing all editions available to pre-order now, the U.S. branch at this time has all editions listed as "Currently Unavailable".

An updated edition of the much-loved 2003 platform adventure, Battle for Bikini Bottom has been remade from scratch by Austrian developer Purple Lamp Studios, rebuilding the original's colorful world and characters for a whole new generation of video game and SpongeBob fans. Players take control of Patrick, Sandy and, of course, SpongeBob himself, in a quest to thwart the evil Plankton and his nefarious schemes.

If you missed the original announcement of the remake back in June, here's a summary of the salient points from the official blurb:

- Play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and use their unique sets of skills
- Thwart Plankton's evil plan to rule Bikini Bottom with his army of wacky robots
- Meet countless characters from the beloved series
- Faithful remake of one of the best SpongeBob games ever created
- High-end visuals, modern resolutions and carefully polished gameplay
- Brand new horde mode multiplayer for up to two players, online and offline
- Restored content that was cut from the original game like the Robo Squidward boss fight and more

Are you fan enough to splash out on these special submarinal editions? Let me know how far your fandom goes with a comment in the usual place.

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Originally published: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 20:04 BST.

Original source: Nintendo Life; Additional sources: Destructoid, Push Square, Nintendo Enthusiast, Twitter /@MaskedAnimation, @OFFICIALJakeLeB.
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