This past week, publisher Dotemu announced a new TMNT beat 'em up title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. Partnered with Nickelodeon and developed by Tribute Games, the makers of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, Based heavily around the 80s and 90s releases for the Arcade and various consoles, the upcoming entry will feature 4-player beat 'em up action. For those familiar with Dotemu's works, last year, they released the critically-acclaimed Streets of Rage 4 for consoles. This was the first release in the Streets of Rage series in over 25 years. Likewise, this will mark the first time a TMNT 2D beat 'em up has been released for consoles since Turtles in Time (SNES) and Hyperstone Heist (Genesis) came out in 1992.
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time for SNES ranks among the greatest beat 'em ups in history along with the Sega Genesis' Streets of Rage 2. As such, the two titles, released in the 90s, heralded the peak of the genre before fading away into obscurity. In recent years, developers such as WayForward have attempted to breathe life into the genre with the release of Double Dragon Neon and River City Girls. Yet none have quite capitulated into noticeable success until last year's release of Streets of Rage 4. Even Rare finally made the move to make the first Battletoads game in nearly 30 years on Xbox and PC but with middling results.
However, accumulating all of these releases, the upcoming TMNT title harkens back to the 90s as part of a renaissance of the beat 'em up genre. Past efforts to revive the series included the release of the 80s arcade title on Xbox Live, a poorly-received remake of Turtles in Time on Xbox 360, and the recent arcade title which is exclusive to arcades such as Dave & Buster's.
The game looks amazingly gorgeous with its HD sprites. Unlike Streets of Rage 4, which sought to reboot the series' look with a new art style, Shredder's Revenge looks much closer to the 16-bit entries. You can play with up to 4-players, pick a Ninja Turtle, and battle the enemy Foot Clan ninjas. Hit them with combos, jump-kicks, and even throw them into the screen!
Per the press release:
Publisher Dotemu and developer Tribute Games in partnership with Nickelodeon today announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge for PC and consoles, a classically informed side scrolling beat-em-up directly inspired by classic TMNT games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge reunites Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello to kick shell in a beautifully realized pixel art world invoking the turtles’ classic 1987 design. Today’s announcement trailer perfectly encapsulates the Heroes in a Half-Shell’s rambunctious attitude as they leap and bash their way across Manhattan to a thumping rendition of their signature anthem belted out by Faith No More’s Mike Patton.With Bebop and Rocksteady amassing gizmos to support Krang and Shredder’s latest scheme, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge finds the turtles battling through a breathless tour of iconic TMNT locations to thwart their nemeses’ most diabolical plan yet. Armed with shell-shocking new abilities built on a foundation of classic brawling mechanics, the gang are in for an exhilarating, Foot Clan-stomping romp leading them through the sewers and bustling boroughs of New York City all the way to Dimension X.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge joins two retro gaming experts: Dotemu, the developer and publisher known for faithful ports as well as impeccable remakes and continuations of beloved gaming series including Streets of Rage 4, the smash hit nominated for Best Action game at The Game Awards 2020, as well as the upcoming Windjammers 2 and highly lauded Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap; and Tribute Games, the studio behind retro-themed original IPs including Panzer Paladin, Flinthook and Mercenary Kings which embody the spirit of classic games in new experiences. Tribute Games also houses key talent behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game beat-em-up and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game released for Game Boy Advance in 2007.
With no release date or any other console releases confirmed, the title is currently available for wishlist on Steam now. Be sure to check back with The Geek Getaway to keep up with the latest on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. Follow our social media links and stay tuned for the latest coverage!