Microsoft has been going through a lot of changes with its flag ship console, the Xbox One, and one of them has been securing great exclusive titles to entice gamers into adopting the Xbox One. Microsoft secured Titanfall, the next iteration of Tomb Raider, and has Halo: Master Chief Collection releasing tonight, but they have also been in the business of reviving some classic titles. Killer Instinct, a 2D fighter from Rare, was resurrected for the Xbox One as a launch title which has seen some success and became the first next-gen fighter. However it looks like Microsoft might be pulling another title from the Rare catalog since they filed a trademark for “Battletoads” on November 5th, 2014.

Word Mark BATTLETOADS
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: game software
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: entertainment services, namely, providing online video games
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 86445867
Filing Date November 5, 2014
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Microsoft Corporation CORPORATION WASHINGTON One Microsoft Way Redmond WASHINGTON 980526399
Attorney of Record Grace Han Stanton
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Source: http://tsdr.uspto.gov/documentviewer?caseId=sn86445867&docId=APP20141108074708#docIndex=0&page=1

There was also a cameo of one of Zitz from Battletoads toads in the Kinect Sports Rivals story mode in the form of a card (along with several others from various games.

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So could this mean that Microsoft is looking to revive more of the Rare library? Or just looking to use their assets for in-game content? Personally I’d like to see either a full makeover similar to what Killer Instinct received or and HD remake for the the Xbox Live Arcade. Battletoads is a part of my youth and a really funny game. Let us know your opinions in the comments below.

Sources: NeoGAF 1, Neo GAF 2