Anniversaries have a way of sneaking up on people.
Case in point, Frogger. The iconic digital amphibian just turned 30, and Konami has something special in store for one of the world's most popular video game characters in the form of Frogger 3D, an exclusive title coming to Nintendo 3DS.
This re-imaging of the classic arcade game works off a similar formula, as you guide Frogger across busy streets while dodging cars, crocodiles and other enemies.
That, however, is where the similarities end. Suffice to say, this isn't your parents' Frogger. The little guy will explore 60 challenging stages set across six new worlds, traveling through busy intersections before jet setting to New York City, Monte Carlo, Asia and even other dimensions.
With single player mode, you must dash, dodge and leap past hazards, but you can also destroy objects and even absorb damage. What's more, Frogger will receive a welcome assist from some of his friends, including a frog that lights the way. It seems like he'll need a ton of help to navigate his way up skyscrapers and past a sushi bar.
As for enemies, you'll tangle with an attack chopper, frog eating rats and a gigantic big rig.
In addition, you can compete against three other gamers in multiplayer battles, then engage random strangers via StreetPass, where the goal is to avoid getting squashed by traffic, though we're still not sure how this works without viewing the action.
Then there's Forever Mode, a game type that appears to pay homage to the original Frogger with familiar looking stages. Except in this case, you lose the safety zones and must progress through an infinite number of boards to climb the StreetPass rankings.
Despite these impressive features, the game is a bit rough graphically, as the pixilated visuals look dated compared to more advanced 3DS titles.
With this in mind, the game's still several months away, so we'll give Konami time to make the necessary tweaks. Otherwise, this seems like a worthy addition to the franchise. Of course, we'll let you know if Frogger 3D has legs when it debuts this September.