IP owner Nickelodeon, publisher Dotemu, and developer Tribute Games have announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, “a classically informed side scrolling beat-em-up directly inspired by classic TMNT games,” for PC and unspecified consoles. It is for four players like the old arcade games, and the pixel art oozes an old-school flavor that isn’t identical to what Konami did but carries tons of heart.
However, most of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge announcement trailer is essentially just a giant animated intro that you would slap on the front of a Saturday morning cartoon, and it is spectacular. This trailer is a home run for fans nostalgic for the original, hokey Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, as it borrows the designs used for that show. In any case, here’s the premise for the game:
With Bebop and Rocksteady amassing gizmos to support Krang and Shredder’s latest scheme, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge finds the turtles battling through a breathless tour of iconic TMNT locations to thwart their nemeses’ most diabolical plan yet. Armed with shell-shocking new abilities built on a foundation of classic brawling mechanics, the gang are in for an exhilarating, Foot Clan-stomping romp leading them through the sewers and bustling boroughs of New York City all the way to Dimension X.
Tribute Games is the developer of the well-received Panzer Paladin, and two of its founders worked on both Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game and the 2007 Game Boy Advance game TMNT. And of course, Dotemu released the critically acclaimed Streets of Rage 4 last year, so this is a development team that is utterly equipped to deliver with sidescrolling beat ’em ups.
In my opinion, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge has the potential to become one of the best retro games ever made. What do you think of it?