Earthworm_Jim_NintendoGameloft announced today that they had obtained the rights to develop, distribute and publish Earthworm Jim for "mobile, WiiWare(TM), PlayStation Network, with an exclusive one month run on Xbox Live(R) Arcade."

Initially released in 1994, Earthworm Jim's games garnered such a cult following that the character's popularity took him far beyond video games into an animated TV series, Toys and Comic books. Earthworm Jim centers around an ordinary earthworm who engages in normal worm activities- eating dirt, crawling and fleeing from hungry birds- that is until he comes across a high tech indestructible space suit. Jim takes refuge in the space suit while fleeing from hungry birds. The suit's powerful atomic particles cause him to grow and obtain newfound powers.

Earthworm Jim was even awarded the "Best Genesis Game" of 1994 by the Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine. The ridiculous premise of a ordinary worm piloting a super advanced cyber suit combined with a cast of characters such as Professor Monkey-For-A-Head, Bob the Killer Goldfish, and Princess What's-Her-Name made for a game universe that perfectly catered to silly gameplay elements such as attacking by having the suit whip Earthworm Jim himself and riding a aptly named "pocket rocket" through asteroid fields.

Here's a video from the Sega CD version:

While an iPhone version has not been announced specifically, given Gameloft's massive iPhone efforts, it seems likely that we'll see this coming to the iPhone and iPod touch eventually.

  • jc

    oooo nice i loved this game as a kid i even had the game magazine (forget which one) with all the maps for this game.

  • jc

    oooo nice i loved this game as a kid i even had the game magazine (forget which one) with all the maps for this game.

  • WiseWeasel

    Praise Jebus! I will buy this the moment it comes out for iPhone. I still use a stylized EWJ image I modified from a postage-stamp-sized graphic I found as my desktop background to this day. Platformers from classic consoles can be a bit sketchy on the iPhone in the controls department, so it might be a disappointment, but this IP definitely needs to be revived, and I'll give Gameloft the benefit of the doubt, as they've done pretty well with their control schemes.

  • WiseWeasel

    Praise Jebus! I will buy this the moment it comes out for iPhone. I still use a stylized EWJ image I modified from a postage-stamp-sized graphic I found as my desktop background to this day. Platformers from classic consoles can be a bit sketchy on the iPhone in the controls department, so it might be a disappointment, but this IP definitely needs to be revived, and I'll give Gameloft the benefit of the doubt, as they've done pretty well with their control schemes.

  • Tower_Defender

    yes... Yes. YES!!!! BRING EARTHWORM JIM GAMELOFT!!!!

  • Tower_Defender

    yes... Yes. YES!!!! BRING EARTHWORM JIM GAMELOFT!!!!

  • f e a r l e s s

    Gameloft? Pass! I really like this game. Too bad Gameloft will ruin it.

  • f e a r l e s s

    Gameloft? Pass! I really like this game. Too bad Gameloft will ruin it.

  • PeterM11

    awesome! I loved this game!! hope they do it justice though!

  • PeterM11

    awesome! I loved this game!! hope they do it justice though!

  • Alichan76

    That looks fab! But now knowing Gameloft they will most likely turn it into a sluggish experience despite the theme...

  • Alichan76

    That looks fab! But now knowing Gameloft they will most likely turn it into a sluggish experience despite the theme...

  • jc

    if i recall, the controls required you to hold the d pad in diagonal postions from time to time, that could be a control issue.

  • jc

    if i recall, the controls required you to hold the d pad in diagonal postions from time to time, that could be a control issue.

  • McChumpers

    Oh man! I loved all the EWJ games I played. I don’t know if it will translate well on to the iPhone but I will definitely give it a shot esp since gameloft has it.

  • McChumpers

    Oh man! I loved all the EWJ games I played. I don’t know if it will translate well on to the iPhone but I will definitely give it a shot esp since gameloft has it.

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    AWESOME news. I LOVED this game!!!!!!

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    AWESOME news. I LOVED this game!!!!!!

  • RazLeBOL

    As much as I liked the game, this wouldn't work well at all on the iphone.

    • Shin0bi

      Agreed, RazLeBOL. I can already imagine how the controls will most definitely, ruin my child hood memories of this game. Let's all face it, there is only so much you can do on a touch screen device.

  • RazLeBOL

    As much as I liked the game, this wouldn't work well at all on the iphone.

    • Shin0bi

      Agreed, RazLeBOL. I can already imagine how the controls will most definitely, ruin my child hood memories of this game. Let's all face it, there is only so much you can do on a touch screen device.

  • Maelick

    i dunno what the fuss is. Ive played platformers i loved...namely gameloft ones :P~~~
    earthworm jim i remember bein difficult too...cant wait to see it now

  • Maelick

    i dunno what the fuss is. Ive played platformers i loved...namely gameloft ones :P~~~
    earthworm jim i remember bein difficult too...cant wait to see it now

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    i Agree that the controlls may make for a crappy iphone game... Well wait and see. Loved EWJ.

    While they are at it bring the original "Oddworld, Abes Oddyssy" to the iphone...

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    i Agree that the controlls may make for a crappy iphone game... Well wait and see. Loved EWJ.

    While they are at it bring the original "Oddworld, Abes Oddyssy" to the iphone...

  • Shawn

    I agree about the controls being a challenge but not an impossibility. I love EWJ. I've been waiting for this.

  • Shawn

    I agree about the controls being a challenge but not an impossibility. I love EWJ. I've been waiting for this.

  • Carl

    I still have this game somewhere! :P

  • Carl

    I still have this game somewhere! :P

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    Jim for president!!

    Please GameLoft make a good game of this one.

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    Jim for president!!

    Please GameLoft make a good game of this one.

  • GlassJoe

    I hope Gameloft considers using Christian Whitehead's "Retro Engine" to port this game over!

  • GlassJoe

    I hope Gameloft considers using Christian Whitehead's "Retro Engine" to port this game over!

  • Booch138

    Yes, but will they be able to retain Dan Castellaneta's voice? Only time will tell.... lmao.

    But anyways, controls may be tough, but this will be awesome me thinks.

  • Booch138

    Yes, but will they be able to retain Dan Castellaneta's voice? Only time will tell.... lmao.

    But anyways, controls may be tough, but this will be awesome me thinks.

  • spiffyone

    For controls they could ape the ones used in Alien Abuse.

    Virtual d-pad on the left, aim/shoot circle (ala Dropship and iDracula) on the right, jump button above the aim/shoot circle.

  • spiffyone

    For controls they could ape the ones used in Alien Abuse.

    Virtual d-pad on the left, aim/shoot circle (ala Dropship and iDracula) on the right, jump button above the aim/shoot circle.

  • cookiemonster

    EWJ is the bomb!

  • cookiemonster

    EWJ is the bomb!

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