A new Ninja Turtles game comes out of its shell

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“Cowabunga, dude!” If you’re familiar with this phrase, you’re probably an ’80s kid like me. The names Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello will most likely also ring a few bells. If that’s the case, you might be happy to hear that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making their way back to PC and consoles. Grab a slice and read on, dude or dudette.

The studio responsible for the re-emerging of the half-shelled heroes is DotEmu, a dev who isn’t totally unfamiliar with the fighting game business. You might recall a tiny game franchise called Streets of Rage, of which the fourth installment – Streets of Rage 4 – got released quite recently. It does seem like the folks at DotEmu haven’t been sitting still for long though, as proven by the announcement trailer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge below. I thought I’d share it since I’m not the “shell”-fish type…

As you might already know, this isn’t the first time that the Turtles have made it to major gaming consoles. The first game was launched in 1989 and simply called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This side-scrolling game used to be stuck in my NES for ages. After that, the Turtles seemed to show up on multiple devices until the buzz stopped in 1994 with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters.

In 2003, the franchise got picked back up again by Konami, calling their game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles again. In 2007, Ubisoft took over and launched a Turtles game under the name TMNT. This was not because of microtransaction – opting players the choice to buy the rest of the letters – but because of a Kevin Munroe-directed movie with the same name. After that… we all know how the franchise kinda went down the sewers again.

How DotEmu’s game will fare, only time will tell. If they’re able to bring back the vibe from the original 1989 side-scrolling beat-‘m-up, I’ll be one happy clam. C’mon DotEmu, we know you can do it!