One of the greatest legacies for licensed properties in the video game industry is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The first sprite-based Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat ’em up arcade games effectively built the legacy 30 years ago.
And it’s still a winning formula after three decades. With that in mind, publisher Dotemu has revealed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a new nostalgia-filled beat ’em up in progress for PC and consoles from developer Tribute Games.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is planned to evoke the original 1987 anime series and its 1989 arcade game, according to Dotemu. In the newly released trailer, this is very apparent.
The animated trailer begins with a shot of the city, followed by footage of the turtles appearing out of nowhere. It’s a faithful modernization of the beginning of both the 1987 and the 1989 arcade games. Shredder’s Revenge is unmistakably a love letter to the now-classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adventures.
However, the show’s and game’s impact does not end there. Many of the game’s designs, including the turtles themselves, Shredder, April O’Neil, and even the Technodrome, are based on the originals, as seen in the animated series. The gameplay itself tends to be highly influenced by the arcade game from 1989. It has the same pixel art style as the original, as well as the same methodical beat ’em up gameplay.
According to the teaser, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge will be based entirely on the 1987 animated series. The list of villains used in the teaser is the greatest proof of that. There’s Captain Zorax of the Triceraton Empire, Krang, Rocksteady, and Bebop, Shredder himself, the Foot Clan, Mousers, Chrome Globe, and Baxter the Fly. It wouldn’t surprise me if Krang’s Rock Soldiers or even Lord Dregg turned up at any point. Dotemu may also render a sequel.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge will have both a standard story mode and an online 4-player cooperative multiplayer mode, according to the game’s overview. Many who have played some of the franchise’s multiple beat ’em up games would be familiar with the gameplay, though Dotemu teases some “super-fresh” mechanics as well.
All that’s missing from the revelation is a release date and a list of consoles the game will release. Tribute Games, the company behind Flinthook, Mercenary Kings, and Panzer Paladin, has recently published games for PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox, so it should be well-prepared. More specifics will be published in the coming weeks and months.