Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a new 16-bit beat-’em-up

Thirty years later on, we’re lastly getting a follow up (of sorts) to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. On Wednesday, publisher Dotemu and video game designer Homage Games exposed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Vengeance, referred to as “a classically informed side scrolling beat-em-up directly inspired by classic TMNT games.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Vengeance is a four-player co-op beat-’em-up in the traditional Konami design — that is, the design of fighter that drew quarters out of anybody who played 1989’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its 1991 follow up, Turtles in Time, in games. Most likely, Shredder’s Vengeance will provide a gameplay experience customized for house, not for draining pipes TMNT fans of their allowance.

As seen in the video game’s launching trailer, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello will handle traditional opponents like the Foot Clan, Bebop, and Rocksteady in their brand-new side-scrolling experience. The trailer likewise teases the looks of other pals and opponents — all to the tune of the traditional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series signature tune, as sung by Mike Patton of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle popularity.

Here’s the main setup of the video game’s story and mechanics:

With Bebop and Rocksteady generating gadgets to support Krang and Shredder’s most current plan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Vengeance discovers the turtles fighting through an out of breath trip of renowned TMNT places to prevent their banes’ most wicked strategy 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 is being developed by Montreal-based Tribute Games. Two of the founders of that studio, Jonathan Lavigne and Justin Cyr, previously worked on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game and TMNT, the acclaimed 2007 brawler for Game Boy Advance, at Ubisoft. Tribute’s other work includes retro-inspired fare Panzer Paladin, Flinthook, Wizorb, and Mercenary Kings. (In other words, it’s a far more promising prospect compared to the Ninja Turtles games from PlatinumGames and from Red Fly Studio brought to us by Activision.)

Since its inception in 2007, publisher Dotemu has leaned heavily into classic video game nostalgia with retro remakes and sequels such as Streets of Rage 4, Windjammers 2, and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Vengeance is bound for unspecified consoles and PC platforms. Dotemu and Homage Games did not reveal a release date.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.