Here’s a fun fact about everyones favourite half-shelled heros. In the UK, they were in fact known as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. Apparently we sensitive Brits are of too delicate a disposition to deal with the violence alluded to by the mere mention of eastern martial arts. In the defence of the censorial British press, I do recall a fairly significant period of fascination with throwing stars following the first film release, and a number of complaints from startled cat owners in our sunny cul-de-sac in Croydon.
But I digress. The Turtles ruled my childhood, and their visage seeped seamlessly into every possible media portrayal imaginable. Most notably for me, was the memory of their second arcade outing, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. This was a side-scrolling beat-um-up and was undisputedly the most sort after machine, adorning only the very best arcades. Perhaps only equaled by The Simpsons arcade game, the premise was almost identical. Four joysticks, four playable characters, walk as far right as you can without dying. Simplicity at its very finest, gaming at its absolute purist.
To all extent and purpose, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge looks to be the spiritual successor to Turtles in Time, from the launch trailer at least. This dropped earlier this week, and the nostalgia has us giddy. You can check it out below,
The trailer for the latest TMNT game. Similarities to Turtles in Time in spades
The side-scrolling brawler seeks promises to take Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello on a “breathless tour of iconic TMNT locations”. Our Ninja/Hero Turtles will travel from the sewers of New York City to Dimension X, fighting familiar foe such as Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang, and the titular Shredder.
Truly, this is a wonderful harking back to a simpler time. It’s co-produced by Dotemu too, the developer behind the excellent Streets of Rage reboot, so it’s very likely to hit the spot from a gameplay perspective, too. Although there’s no release info yet, its definitely something we’ll be picking up at ABG. Shotgun Donatello.
“Video games are great. I should know, I’ve played some.”
Olly S, July 2020