Do they make fun of playable characters?
Yesterday we saw editor Dotemu leap out of the sewers (erm … no offense) with the announcement of a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade fighter.
TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is in development for PC and consoles at Tribute Games, a studio that is not only responsible for the fun Mercenary kings, but it also houses developers who worked on Ubisoft’s great 2010 fighting game. Scott Pilgrim vs. the world: the game. Fueled by this trinity of branding, studio, and frenzied fan nostalgia, it’s fair to say that much of the internet lost its collective mind when the trailer was released yesterday morning.
From the brief trailer for the game, it’s clear that TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge hopes to capture the incredible multiplayer action of Konami’s 1989 arcade classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its 1991 sequel, Turtles in time. With fans taking severe shock from the announcement, there are some details in the trailer that might have been overlooked.
Excitingly, the animated prologue features a sequence in which April O’Neil destroys two fools from the Foot Clan, with the Channel 5 news reporter launching a sweet side kick. This is followed by a shot of the Turtles’ tutor, Master Splinter, running like a ninja through a sewer tunnel, swinging his cane like a madman. These scenes imply, although this is purely speculation – that both characters could be playable in the new brawler. After all, it’s rare for Miss O’Neil to be depicted kicking butt like that. I certainly hope these icons join the list, and I’m sure many of you would agree.
In terms of villains, we get to see The Shredder and his Foot Clan, as well as the gruesome couple Bebop and Rocksteady. Also featured in the prologue are doomed scientist Baxter Stockman, a Triceraton, and a destroyed “Mouser” – Stockman’s troublesome and sharp battle droids. In particular, during the April close-up, we can see the creepy face of Krang, ruler of Dimension X, briefly glimpsed on a television screen behind her.
Perhaps the most surprising appearance of all belongs to Faith No More vocalist and avant-garde musician Mike Patton, whose rendition of the iconic theme from the TV show is the trailer’s soundtrack. While TMNT Definitely a far cry from the works of Mr. Bungle or Fantomas, the addition of Patton adds a delicious element of … well … craziness to the whole thing.
Dotemu’s work with recent releases like Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and the excellent Streets of Rage 4 It has given them the reputation of masters of retro remake. It featured deep fighting mechanics, fun features, a solid character selection, and plenty of cameos and Easter eggs that fans liked (Casey Jones, anyone?) TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge could turn out to be the best digital Turtles Launched since 1993 Tournament fighters. One thing is for sure … it will be a long wait …
Now if you don’t mind, I have to go and start my online petition for Irma’s DLC.