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May 7, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

With McDonalds updating the Hamburglar will we also get an MC Kids reboot for Wii U? #RobbleRobble

McDonald's newly updated Hamburglar As a kid I was all about McDonalds and their crazy array of characters. From Mayor McCheese to Ronald, Grimace, and the Hamburglar, I was entranced by the whole golden arches burger world. I had plush toys and all the collectable cups and glasses. At the time, they all fit in with H.R. Pufnstuf and Hanna-Barbera's Banana Splits.

I loved the Hamburglar and later in life thought he had swapped jobs to become Kaboom's Mad Bomber. McDonalds recently announced they are bringing the Hamburgler back to their TV ads, but he's no longer the single-toothed masked man of days gone by.

I miss the snaggle-toothed Hamburglar.
His upgrade includes a trenchcoat and red hi-tops. The update portrays him as a suave suburban dude with a bit of "burglar" thrown in for good measure. I'm not sure they've really made it clear that he steals delicious hamburgers as opposed to staging home invasions. I'm not sure I'm down with their "suburban Dad" description. From his original roots he still has his signature catch phrase that will become a social media hashtag - #RobbleRobble.

In 1992 Virgin Games released M.C. Kids, a tie-in game to promote McDonald's Happy Meals. The deal fell through, but the game was released and it's pretty good!

I think the real question regarding McDonald's rebooting the past is - what about an M.C. Kids update? Every platform can benefit from another platformer. When will we get McDonaldland on the Wii U? It could even be a Ronald McDonald FPS - i'm not picky ;)

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