🎵 Who lives in a pineapple under the sea (and just had his Xbox 360 game relisted)? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! THQ Nordic announced back in March that they were working to bring some of their Nickelodeon properties back to life and that effort has finally resulted in the return of SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
We got a tip this morning on Twitter that the game was back on sale but it looks like it made its official return in August; I’m a little behind on TrueAchievements delisting roundups which is where I found confirmation of this one. Unfortunately, no other Spongebob titles have returned yet but this fan favorite can once again be had for $9.99 in North America.
Here’s a little good news/bad news situation for fans of 38 Studios’ 2012 action/RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. THQ Nordic announced on September 6th that it had acquired the entire Kingdoms of Amalur IP, including the unrealized MMORPG, that went by the name of Copernicus. So the good news is that we’ll eventually get to explore new chapters in the Amalur story.
The bad news is that Reckoning, the only entry in the series so far, is probably going to be delisted within the next year or two. The game was originally published by Electronic Arts and with the entire IP now changing hands it’ll only be a matter of time before their license expires. But, as THQ Nordic has recently done with other properties like Saints Row, Darksiders, and Red Faction, a “remastered” re-release of Reckoning is almost assuredly on its way.
In as little as 6-8 months THQ will likely have announced, if not released, a “Re-Reckoning Edition” and the existing versions will be removed from sale. It’s not a huge loss as I fully expect the game to still be available in one form or another, but for anyone interested in the existing versions, you can still download it on Steam, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. And it’ll always be out there at retail no matter how THQ treats the IP going forward.
For the time being I’m going to add a tentative delisting date to the Watch List calendar for Reckoning around Summer 2019. I’ll update accordingly once THQ Nordic has released more concrete details.
I never did get to post this, but back in March THQ Nordic announced that they would be revisiting several of the former THQ’s titles based on Nickelodeon properties. The list that was announced in March is below but it only includes a few IPs that saw digital releases.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Back At The Barnyard
- Danny Phantom
- El Tigre
- Invader Zim
- Jimmy Neutron
- My Life As A Teenage Robot
- Rocket Power
- Rocko’s Modern Life
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Tak And The Power Of JUJU
- The Fairly OddParents (U.S. only)
- The Ren & Stimpy Show
- The Wild Thornberrys
Nevertheless, one of the most notorious titles just recently made its return. Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth was an early Xbox 360 release known for its quick and easy 1,000 Gamerscore. It was originally released on disc and was offered as a Games on Demand download in 2010 but was delisted just a few years later.
The download has been unavailable ever since but seemingly thanks to this new deal, it’s finally back! You can download it on Xbox 360 now in Australia, Europe, and North America. But before you ask, no, none of the delisted Spongebob Squarepants titles have returned yet.
As for the rest of the list, the majority of the associated games were released on platforms that didn’t offer full game downloads like Game Boy Advance, GameCube, and PlayStation 2. So it seems that THQ Nordic might be planning several compilation releases for later in the year, although they didn’t make any announcements about it at E3 this week.