Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is about to develop a love for lasagna and a hatred of Mondays. IGN can exclusively reveal that Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl’s first free DLC character will be Garfield, the memetic orange cat originally created by Jim Davis.

Developer Ludosity released a trailer this morning showing some of Garfield’s moves, which include a brief cameo by his teddy bear, Pooky. It shows off some of his new moves as he bounds about and engages the rest of All-Star Brawl’s cast, making the famously lazy orange cat seem far more energetic than usual.

Garfield joins a cast that includes Ren & Stimpy, Spongebob Squarepants, and other Nickelodeon mainstays. While Garfield began life in a comic strip, he’s most famous for his appearance in various television shows and primetime specials in the 1980s. Nickelodeon parent company Viacom acquired the rights to Garfield in 2019.

Ludosity began teasing the reveal late last week. Many fans quickly guessed that it would be Garfield based on datamined info as well as tweets by developer Thaddeus Crews, who referenced a well-known Garfield meme in response to the announcement.

Ludosity previously revealed that Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl would be adding two free DLC characters as well as several paid characters. This is on top of its existing roster of 20 playable characters. Last week, Nickelodeon All Star Brawl also released new costumes.

In IGN’s review, we called Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl a “very respectable platform fighter,” noting that the fights themselves are where it lands the hardest. “If you can look past its underwhelming audio and visuals to see the surprisingly nuanced fighter just beneath the fog of nostalgia, then you’ll find some real treasure in this pineapple under the sea,” reviewer Mitchell Saltzman wrote.

Garfield will be available free on Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation on December 9. The Switch version of the character will be available later this month.

Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN

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