What a bombshell DotEmu just released today with the presentation of a new Ninja Turtles game, baptized as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. A beat ’em up Old-school, in the vein of Konami classics from the 80s / 90s, but developed by Tribute Games (Mercenary Kings).
We must not forget that this editor made our hearts happy last year with the long-dreamed release of Streets of Rage 4, Without forget Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap in 2017 or the future Windjammers 2. The point is, he’s playing with our potato, but in a good way. Will this return of the Ninja Turtles live up to its name? And will it surpass the Konami classics?
A trip back in time to Konami’s hit ball
It is said soon, but we have been since the unforgettable Turtles in Time from 1991 without surpassing that classic of beat ’em up by Konami, although there is a significant group of people who prefer the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles de 1989.
Be that as it may, are the two great works of the Ninja Turtles, the ones that come to mind first when thinking about the best games of these mutants addicted to pizzas. And it is time to overcome those classics of “me against the neighborhood”, especially after the disappointment that the remake of the 1991 arcade by Ubisoft, a TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled without so much grace.
Because those arcades of 1989 and 1991 did not have to envy references of the genre, such as Final Fight by Capcom the Streets of Rage by SEGA. Konami’s works did not remain in the mere fanbase offering very competent games, with a frenetic and direct style, peppered with some of the most damned traps that are remembered in a beat ’em up. They were insane.
It is evident, however, that the fact of being the first official video games of these mutant beings played very in their favor to conquer the general public, but the Japanese company knew how to create the perfect template with these Ninja Turtles games, exploiting that style with other games that practically varied the skins and little else to make cash, like the one remembered The Simpsons.
But going back to the Ninja Turtles, in the nineties they starred in more games, with some action platforms, a fighting game and even a beat ’em up exclusive to the SEGA Mega Drive that vaguely remembered the aforementioned Turtles in Time, but with multiple changes under the arm for the phases: that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist
If we look at its most recent stage, there is a curious contrast with some proposals: on the one hand, the metroidvania Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Curse of the Mutagen; and on the other, the wasted license of PlatinumGames with this franchise in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutantes en Manhattan.
Hence the need to return to their roots, they will have thought from DotEmu …
Shredder’s Revenge on Ninja Turtles
And it is obvious that this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge It looks like an extension of the Konami classics, albeit under a slightly more carefree graphic aspect for turtles. Tribute Games has respected, yes, the multiplayer for four people (one of Konami’s hallmarks in that kind of game) and even the score of the scoreboard with low numbers, like the originals. Even the phases assume true already seen.
DotEmu also does not hide the main influence of Tribute Games with this game:
“(…) a beat-em-up with an old flavor and inspired, directly, in the most iconic games of the turtles like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time.”
At the end of the day, we will return to visit the sewers and neighborhoods of New York, traveling even to the very Dimension X. And with Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello as protagonists, of course, to face the aforementioned Shredder with his henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady, aside from Krang, among other villains to be confirmed. At times, watching his presentation trailer and first images, It feels like a reboot of the 1991 classic. Almost.
Not that it’s going to be a reboot As such, of course, but Tribute Games is on the safe side, inspired by the Konami formula, being able to replicate even the iconic key with which we slammed the members of the Foot Clan against the screen (literally). And with that he has already won us. At least in part.
Because many more details are yet to be known, apart from its release date or for which consoles it will be released exactly (apart from Steam, where already has its own file), such as if we can unlock more characters (would be his thing, as in Streets of Rage 4 or the less fortunate Double Dragon 4) and to which “super new mechanics” your card refers to.
But at least there is a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the way and that’s always good news. That later we can take the disappointment is another story, although with Tribute Games behind it would be something quite strange …