Recent news that the original team behind beloved 16-bit platformer Earthworm Jim is getting back together for a sequel on the Intellivision Amico confirmed that there’s still an audience for the worm and his zany antics. His games on SNES and Genesis / Mega Drive were fun, slick-looking platformers and they are fondly remembered by many.
If you really want to relive the character’s ’90s heyday, iam8bit is opening up pre-orders on 21st May at 10:00 PST (6pm in the UK) for a limited run of the original two SNES games combined on one new Super Nintendo cartridge. In collaboration with Interplay, only 2000 copies are being produced and they’ll come in brand-new bespoke boxes complete with a new instruction manual and ‘retro pack-in surprises’.
While the majority of the carts will come in a fetching ‘Udder Pink’, approximately 100 will have an alternate ‘Cow Print’ case. These will be mixed in randomly, so you have a 1/20 chance of receiving the rarer design.
They certainly look lovely, although the price might stop you from taking a punt on one of the cow print carts – each one will cost you $134.99. Shipping begins in November, so retro earthworm enthusiasts might want to investigate.
iam8bit brought Gone Home to Switch in physical form and we’ve seen official reproductions of Mega Man X and Mega Man 2. Check out our interview with the founders at BitSummit last year for more details on the company and the geek chic items it specialises in.
Are you tempted by this official reproduction cartridge? Are you an udder pink or cow print person? Let us know in the usual place.