Hype: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
2020 seems to have brought a resurgence of side-scrolling brawlers. Streets of Rage 4 became an action tour-de-force, blending the old with the new for a gargantuan action brawling experience of epic proportions. While smaller in scale, Super Punch Patrol provided a more old-fashioned style of gameplay. Hot off the heels of Streets of Rage 4, Dotemu, Nickelodeon, and Tribute Games have gathered together to bring back one of the biggest staples in arcade video game history, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in their newest game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge.
Dotemu took to social media in the early hours of March 10th to make the announcement, taking a bit of thunder from the Nintendo holiday, Super Mar10. The announcement was accompanied by a rocking trailer that is strikingly close to the aesthetic of the 1987 TV show.
The trailer shows the fab four: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michaelangelo, as they battle across the 5 boroughs of New York City, hacking, slashing, kicking, and punching their way to clean up the foot from the streets. One particular moment shows famed reported April O' Neil getting in on the action, displaying some martial arts and taking down Foot Soldiers. Master Splinter is seen stalking the sewers, destroying one of Shredder's robotic friends in the process. Other appearances in the trailer include Bebob and Rocksteady, Rock Troops, Triceraton Warriors, and Professor Stockman in his fly form.
The trailer also includes a teaser of the gameplay. The turtles are seen fighting in their retro-sprite glory. The gameplay clips reveal a surprising amount of detail. Each turtle has a unique running animation, personalized for each turtle. Bebop attempts to disintegrate the turtles in a circular laser pattern, and a member of the Foot flies straight into the computer screen as a nod to one of the features of the original arcade brawler.
Seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is wildly unexpected, as there are no concrete plans for the future of the franchise, although this month will mark 21 years since the original live-action TMNT movie, where Jim Henson developed costumes for the actors to move, talk, and fight in. Nonetheless, the announcement of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is incredibly exciting. Out of all the heroes that today's adults grew up with, from the Transformers to the Power Rangers, the turtles of TMNT have withstood the sands of time to remain one of the best fighting forces in pop culture history.
What awaits the Turtles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is under wraps at the moment. The studio and PR reps have indicated that platforms, pricing, and release window will be divulged at a later date, and the trailer reveals a little of what players will encounter in the game. Though, the trailer alone unearths extraordinarily nostalgic memories of playing video games with best friends and pouring hundreds of pounds worth of quarters into the old arcade cabinet. We'll have to see what kind of adventure Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge will be when it launches.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is in active development, with platforms to be announced at a future date.