The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are finally returning to video games with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.
In the retro 16-bit era, Konami produced some classic arcade beat ‘em ups based on the franchise. The most famous and lauded of those is Turtles in Time. Unfortunately, while the TMNT franchise has stayed relevant with new TV shows, comics, and movies, more recent games like Out of the Shadows and PlatinumGames’ Mutants in Manhatten were lacking in quality.
Thankfully, the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game looks like an enjoyable retro throwback from the developers who worked on the excellent Scott Pilgrim vs. The World game and the publisher behind Streets of Rage 4.
Here’s everything we know about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge following its announcement in Spring 2021 and an appearance at Gamescom Opening Night Live.
When will TMNT: Shredder's Revenge be released?
Currently, Shredder’s Revenge has a 2022 release window. This release window was confirmed when Dotemu showed off the game at Gamescom Opening Night Live. It was originally supposed to release in 2021 but was delayed for unknown reasons. So hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long into 2022 for it.
Is there a TMNT: Shredder's Revenge trailer?
There are three trailers, and they’re all outstanding.
At Gamescom Opening Night Live, we got an action-packed trailer. It confirms that April O’Neil is a playable character, showcases some team actions, and shows how pizza is a healing item. Check it out below:
If you want to see more, the reveal trailer for the game features over a minute of brand new animation clearly inspired by the classic 80s TMNT cartoon. It even features a remix of their classic theme song by Faith No More’s Mike Patton:
If you want even more TMNT, the second trailer was released in April 2021 during Nintendo’s Indie World showcase, is solely focused on showing off standard gameplay. You can check out that below:
It’s certainly reminiscent of classic sidescrolling beat ‘em ups in the best way possible. The pixel art also looks very fluid and pretty in motion, though the gameplay trailer still jumps around a lot. So on which platforms will TMNT: Shredder's Revenge be available?
Is TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge a Nintendo Switch exclusive?
As of April 2021, Dotemu and Tribute Games have only confirmed that the game is coming to PC and Nintendo Switch. When Dotemu first announced Shredder’s Revenge in March, it had an even vaguer “PC and consoles” platform description, with a PR representative telling Inverse that specific platforms would be revealed in the future.
During that April Nintendo presentation, it was confirmed for Switch. So it seems like we should expect the game to be Switch-exclusive initially and hope that it comes to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia, Luna, or mobile in the future. We will update this post if any more ports are confirmed.
What is the TMNT: Shredder's Revenge story?
While the focus in beat ‘em ups is mostly on gameplay, Shredder’s Revenge also tells a new story with the TMNT squad as they fight Shredder, Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady, and the Foot Clan to stop their latest scheme.
Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and April O’Neil are all playable, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Casey Jones or Shredder joined the fray.
The developers promise that the game will visit many iconic locations from the franchise’s history, so you can expect to fight the foot clan in New York City, the sewers, and even Dimension X.
Who are the TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge developer and publisher?
While many details surrounding Shredder’s Revenge are still a mystery, this project is already so exciting because of the teams behind it. Tribute Games is the developer, a studio with a great history of retro-style games like this. Its founders worked on the cult classic and just re-released Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. In addition, sonic Mania composer Tee Lopes is working on the soundtrack.
At Tribute Games, the team has worked on games like Ninja Senki, Mercenary Kings, Flinthook, and fantastic Mega Man-inspired platformer Panzer Paladin. Meanwhile, Dotemu has made a name for themselves as a publisher reviving classic franchises with games like Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Windjammers 2, and Streets of Rage 4.
Needless to say, this project is in excellent hands.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is currently in development.
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