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The old-school, side-scrolling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games of the 1980s and '90s are classics, and no mistake. And now, they're coming back. Publisher Dotemu has announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, which looks like a very fine throwback to the arcade-style action of those early Turtles titles.
Much like the Konami-developed games of yore, Shredder's Revenge will enable players to get together for four-player co-op fun, each taking control of one of the Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. The Turtles will journey across their native Manhattan in the new game, in a quest to prevent whatever nastiness their nemesis, Shredder, is up to. Foot Clan stomping and famous boss bashing, guaranteed.
I mean, really, just check out the game's trailer, below. Uh, that's some nostalgic goodness, right there. And yes, that is Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk, Mr Bungle, so many other bands) on vocals. Neat, right?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is being made by a team with some impressive credentials. Publishers Dotemu were behind last year's awesome Streets of Rage 4, and before that the Wonder Boy III remake of 2017. The game's developers, Tribute Games, have dev talent that previously worked on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game and the Game Boy Advance's really rather excellent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or TMNT, released back in 2007.
Ergo, I've certainly got some confidence that Shredder's Revenge - which is being made in partnership with Nickelodeon - will be a very good game. Though it's worth noting that I am something of a sucker for releases of this ilk, with Streets of Rage 4 one of my top games of 2020, and River City Girls a big favourite of 2019.
The gameplay of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is clearly mechanically and aesthetically inspired by the 16-bit era - and I, at least, am so here for it. Multiplayer will be available for both local co-op and online, which is nice. There's no release date for this one yet, but it's targeting both PC and consoles. Colour me green with excitement.
Featured Image Credit: Dotemu, Nickelodeon
Topics: Retro Gaming
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