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The Legend of Bum-bo Arrives on Switch, PS5, & Xbox Series This Month

The Legend of Bum-bo console release date June 29, 2022 Nintendo Switch PS5 PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X S XSX Nicalis Edmund McMillen roguelike deck-building Isaac prequel

Publisher Nicalis has announced that the Edmund McMillen video game The Legend of Bum-bo will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X | S with a release date of June 29, 2022. The game is a deck-building roguelike prequel to The Binding of Isaac that makes use of a cardboard aesthetic. Visually, the game is what would happen if you made Paper Mario out of dumpster scraps.

The Legend of Bum-bo originally launched on PC in 2019, and it received a lukewarm critical reception compared to some of McMillen’s other works. However, the aspects that work apparently work very well, and fans of the developer’s cerebral and unusual titles will probably dig it. The premise of the game is as follows: “When Bum-bo’s only coin is stolen by a mysterious entity and pulled down into the sewer, Bum-bo finds himself facing droves of deranged enemies, lost children, his fears and (eventually) the beast that stole his beloved coin.” The ensuing journey involves more than 125 unique and upgradeable items, seven playable Bum-bos with different abilities, and “poop!”

Now that the Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series release date is finally set, console players can just sit back and wait for the arrival of The Legend of Bum-bo. But in the interim, Jack Packard interviewed Edmund McMillen for The Escapist last year about making The Binding of Isaac and The Legend of Bum-bo, among many other subjects.

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John Friscia
Former Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.