Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – Follow up to the beat ’em up arcade classic

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back in a remake of the 90’s Konami arcade classic. It’s coming to consoles and PC and is the next project from Dotemu, publisher of other returning hits like Streets of Rage 4 and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.

A trailer for the new game called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, has been released via social media leading to TMNT trending on Twitter and pretty much every outlet picking up the story and running with it. This one feels like it has more buzz than Streets of Rage 4 last year and given that went down pretty well, the return of the Turtles I guess was inevitable. I for one am very happy they are coming back.

I am the perfect age for the Turtles. I was a kid when they first came out and then going into my teenage years the 4 player Konami arcade was released. I remember an old friend of mine’s Dad used to fix arcade machines, and he had the Turtles arcade in his garage one time and we used to hang out and play it for hours… not needing to pump money into the thing, just press the secret button that’s normally behind the lock and key and instantly we had tens or hundreds of lives.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is reported to be taking us on a tour of classic TMNT locations, which includes the sewers of New York City and Dimension X. The old school baddies are back with Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady as well as their base The Technodrome!

This is very much a scrolling beat ’em up with 16-bit pixel art graphics. You can play up to 4 player co-op battling the Foot through various locations. Hopefully, we’ll be able to play online co-op much as we did with Streets of Rage 4. Specific features haven’t yet been announced, with the release date and precise platforms also not known to the public yet.

As well as Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael the trailer features Splinter and April O’Neil, looking like they’re getting ready for combat. There’s no word yet on playable characters, but we’d assume at the start at least all 4 turtles will be playable, and then perhaps another character will be able to unlock like April, Splinter and maybe even Casey Jones… although Casey isn’t anywhere to be seen in the trailer which is an odd omission.

The announcement trailer is worth checking out, and this features an original track by Faith No More’s Mike Patton. The intro has been redone to go with the new song and it’s been created in the style of the 80s and 90s cartoon. For anyone who has nostalgia for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I dare you not to get hyped by that trailer.

Game Informer recently had some really great insight from the team behind the game, check out the full article by Marcus Stewart on the Game Informer website. Nickelodeon, who own the Turtles license, approached Dotemu about working on a new project based on the Turtles IP having been impressed with their work on Wonder Boy. Dotemu then understood from contacts that Tribute Games had been trying to get Nickelodeon to create a remake based on the classic arcade game since 2010, and then the stars aligned.

Jonathan Lavigne from Tribute Games was very keen on working on TMNT and then the two teams from Tribute Games and Dotemu met at GDC – and the team who would go on developing and publishing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge was born. Tribute had an advantage as some of their team worked on the 2007 TMNT game (based on the movie at the time) and they had experienced it too with Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game. The team was super excited to be involved with the new Turtles game and jumped at the chance to add their expertise to a new brawler version for our heroes-in-a-half-shell.

Shredder’s Revenge certainly looks like it’s shaping up to be a great return for TMNT. At the moment there’s no release window, so we’ll have to wait and see for a date and platforms soon.