Frogger, the classic arcade game released in 1981, is to become a TV show hosted by Damon Wayans Jr. The show will feature twelve obstacle course, or “crossings”, based on Frogger and “some other nostalgic favourite games.”
The contestants will have to dodge traffic, avoid snapping alligators, and bounce off hungry hippos. The 13 episode series will consist of hour long shows co-hosted by “Good Morning Football’s” Kyle Brandt and the winner gets to walk away with <RuPaul voice> one hundred thousand doollahs! </RuPaul voice>. The series will air on Peacock in the United States.
Created by Konami, Frogger is widely regarded as a video game classic and had sold 20 million copies by 2005. The game was created by Akira Hashimoto, who came up for the idea of the game when he was waiting at a traffic light and spotted an actual frog trying to cross the road. Ever the good Samaritan, Hashimoto got out of his car, picked up the amphibian, and carried it across the road.
While Konami created the game it was Sega who picked up exclusive rights manufacture the title and it earned them $135 million ($384 million adjusted for inflation). The arcade game was ported to many different systems and again found huge success, the Atari 2600 version raked in $80,000,000, which is about $215,000,000 adjusted for inflation. Sequels and ports have continued over the years including versions for PS One, PS2, Gameboy, Windows, Xbox, Gamecube, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, and a number of versions for iOS and Android.
The new show won’t be the first time the game has appeared on TV, in 1983 an animated cartoon was created which bares absolutely no resemblance to the game other than it features a frog.
Frogger has also appeared in Wreck-It Ralph and the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and the utterly terrible Adam Sandler film Pixels.