A Sweet Slice of Nostalgia: Lollipop Chainsaw Whirls Back into Action!

As the world of hardware and software games is in constant flux, with reboots and remakes, and gifts from the past popping up all the time, there are few titles that are as easy to gamble on than a classic. Lollipop Chainsaw has lived on in the hearts and minds of many gamers who are clamouring for the return of the zombie-filled main character, Juliet Starling. Which brings us to the marketing announcement of the remastered version of that title. Announced on 10 March by its current publisher, Digerati, Lollipop Chainsaw RePop would be released on 25 September on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, the Nintendo Switch and Steam. This is how it will (return to) do it.

The Cult Classic Reimagined

Reviving Juliet's Zombie-Slaying Saga

The upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw RePop, which is set to reintroduce the world to Juliet, a zombie-slaying cheerleader, is a reminder that there’s still an audience for eclectic video game stories. Re-released in 2023 for modern consoles – and available on the Nintendo Switch – the game was first released in 2012 and stands apart thanks to its wry sense of humour, horror-tinged parody and over-the-top hack-and-slash gameplay.

From Remake to Remaster: A Journey Retold

Instead, dreams of a true remake turned into this ‘remaster’ of the original game – a pivot that not only promised to preserve Lollipop Chainsaw’s essential form but also spark in fans expectations that the remastering process would create a truly polished product. With more precise visuals and some tweaking of the gameplay, Lollipop Chainsaw RePop’s message is clear: this is a fully refined original that old-timers and novices can appreciate and love.

A Tasteful Blend of Old and New

Choosing Your Flavor: Original or RePop Mode

And in the middle of a cultural moment where remasters of games seem to constantly walk that line between respecting the game as they found it and leaning towards appealing to modern norms, the additional option of ‘Original’ and ‘RePop’ modes – which keep the 2012 release intact and tone down the violence and add a pop-art-style sheen to the bloodshed, respectively – manages to recognise the nostalgic past of the game, and adapt to allowing it a wider audience at the same time.

The Unaltered Core: Story and Content Enhancements

With some fretting over possible censorship of content, Grubb has outlined that the foundation of Lollipop Chainsaw – its story – remains the same. The remaster is geared more toward quality of life improvements and adding content on top of the gameplay. In balancing fidelity to the original and new updates, Lollipop Chainsaw RePop strives to be an ‘all-around package’ for fans of the franchise.

The Role of NINTENDO in Reviving Classics

A Platform for Diversity

What is important is that, with their inclusion of Lollipop Chainsaw RePop in their gaming line-up, NINTENDO is really signalling its ethos of wanting to host a gamut of gaming experiences, and it would be no surprise if its current family-friendly reputation also provides the brand as a home for many more edgy, outré narratives, like that of Juliet and her chainsaw. On the Switch, its audience, as eclectic as the games it hosts, is also breeding.

Leveraging Nostalgia

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What This Means for the Future of Gaming

Lollipop Chainsaw’s renewal is indicative of a broader movement in games as a whole – one that celebrates the past and looks forward to a future of innovation. As developers and publishers reach into their vaults to revive more cult hits for newer consoles such as the Nintendo Switch, this melding of the old and the new is not only of interest to long-time fans, but also a useful way to introduce nascent generations to the history of video gaming.

Embracing The Chain-Sawing Cheerleader Once Again

Days from its release, anticipation for Lollipop Chainsaw RePop is reaching a fever pitch! The game’s unique setting, fun gameplay, and dual-mode option all seem like a recipe for a delicious bloody snack of gaming fun. Whether you’re playing the game for the first time or re-experiencing Juliet’s jaw-dropping zombie-slaying action, try Lollipop Chainsaw RePop… it will leave you reeling with all the feels, screams and chainsawing!


The Nintendo Switch excels because its ecosystem, from the original NES to the modern Switch, encouraged innovation and diversity. With Lollipop Chainsaw RePop, NINTENDO celebrated the variety and scope of games and gaming stories that gamers across the globe savour and enjoy. Nintendo’s legacy, over time, fused past and future to encourage innovation and diversity across its gaming ecosystem. In doing so, the firm empowered gamers to enjoy, savour and celebrate its singular, world-class stable of gaming experiences.

Jun 17, 2024
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