Friends, like many of us of a certain age, I too was swept up in the Turtlemania that was spawned by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic series. Thanks to a fellow student I was clued into the adventures of the ‘Heroes in a Half Shell’ just before the five-part animated miniseries was broadcast on December 14th of 1987. That syndicated miniseries was popular enough to land a full series that began it’s ten season run on October 1st of 1988, with the last episode of the long-running show being released on November 2nd of 1996. Thanks to the addition of an equally long-running toy line by Playmate Toys, Turtle Power was going strong and fans could buy shirts, bed sheets, canned pasta, cereal, and of course Crunchabungas. In addition the popularity of Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael meant they would be featured in a slew of video games, starting with the iconic 1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game by Konami!
The arcade title would be ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game, two years after the notorious side-scrolling game by Ultra Games (which was actually Konami) had been released. The port even managed to included two additional levels with brand new bosses at the end of those stages, no doubt in an attempt to keep things fresh for Players who might be too familiar with the 1989 arcade game.
Which is why the announcement yesterday of the upcoming release for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is so exciting. Not only is it a throwback to the 4-player beat ’em up classic from Konami but it was developed by Tribute Games, the game studio responsible for the amazing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game.
From the press release:
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge features groundbreaking gameplay rooted in timeless classic brawling mechanics, brought to you by the beat ’em-up experts at Dotemu (Streets of Rage 4) and Tribute Games (part of the studio used to work on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game and TMNT Game Boy Advance). Bash your way through gorgeous pixel art environments and slay tons of hellacious enemies with your favorite Turtle, each with his own skills and moves – making each run unique! Choose a fighter, use radical combos to defeat your opponents and experience intense combats loaded with breathtaking action and outrageous ninja abilities. Stay sharp as you face off against Shredder and his faithful Foot Clan alone, or grab your best buds and play with up to four players simultaneously!”
So without further ado, enjoy the official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge reveal trailer – which just so happens to include a cover of the animated series theme by Mike Patton!