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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 13-game anthology debuts August 30th

Shredder’s Revenge is great if you want a modern take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat-’em-ups, but what if you’d rather stick with the classics? You won’t have to wait long to revisit those, either. Digital Eclipse, Konami and Nickelodeon have announced that TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection debuts August 30th on PCs (via Steam), PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. The bundle includes all 13 home and arcade games from the golden era of the half-shell heroes, including the Japanese versions.

You can return to the days of pumping endless quarters with the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game and its Turtles in Time follow-up. If you’re more familiar with the console titles, you can play everything ranging from the notoriously difficult TMNT for the NES through to the three Game Boy releases and Tournament Fighters for the Genesis and SNES. The games remain in their original aspect ratios, but you can play online with friends and take advantage of creature comforts like save games, rewinding and a gallery full of concept art.

You’ll still want to play Shredder’s Revenge if you prefer more recent game mechanics and up-to-date (if still retro-looking) graphics. Many of the frustrations you felt in the ’90s will still be present in The Cowabunga Collection. All the same, it’s easy to see the appeal — this is likely your best chance to play all of the early hits without running an emulator or digging your NES out of the closet.

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge’ is a glorious beat-’em-up revival

If you visited arcades in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, you surely remember the golden age of beat-em-up games. Cabinets like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, X-Men and more followed a fairly simple formula: take a popular franchise and have its characters cut through swaths of bad guys, throw in some environmental challenges to keep the levels from getting too repetitive, and top it off with a big boss battle at the end. But the real draw was multiplayer — these games let four or even six friends (or strangers) play simultaneously, a totally chaotic but thrilling shared experience.

Given the popularity of the TMNT franchise, it’s no surprise that both the original arcade game and its sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time were both ported to the NES and SNES, respectively. As a pre-teen, my best friend and I spent untold hours playing these ports, as well as the arcade games on the too-rare occasions that we could get to the mall.

I clearly have a lot of nostalgia for these games, and I’m not alone. Last year, developer Tribute Games announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a brand-new beat-em-up title inspired by the arcade games of yesteryear. The game features retro pixel-art, two different game modes, online and local multiplayer (up to six players online), and seven playable characters, including the four turtles, Master Splinter, April O’Neil and Casey Jones. On the surface, it seems to have everything you could ask for in a modern version of an arcade classic, and Tribute’s comments prior to the game’s release showed a deep love for the source material.

After a week playing Shredder’s Revenge on the Xbox Series S, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, I can confirm that Tribute absolutely nailed its mission of bringing the classic TMNT experience into the modern era. It all starts with the art style and music, both of which are spot-on for this franchise; it feels like a natural evolution of the original two arcade games, both of which were largely based on the 1987 cartoon (rather than the comic books, live-action films, or more recent animated shows). The music immediately sets the tone – the score by Tee Lopes immediately brings to mind classic 16-bit tunes, Mike Patton performs the opening theme, and Raekwon and Ghostface Killah contribute as well. While the music isn’t quite as compelling as the soundtrack from Turtles in Time (which is ), it evokes the essential mood of playing in an arcade with your friends in the early ‘90s.

The gameplay essentials from earlier games are all intact here — each playable character has different strengths and weaknesses like range and speed, but they’re not so different that you’ll feel thrown by switching players. The core gameplay is still mostly accomplished with two buttons: attack and jump.

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But, there are a lot more moves than in earlier games, including a variety of throws, slides, aerial attacks and dodges. Dashing lets you pull off different slide and charge attacks, you can grab enemies and throw them right towards the TV screen (just like you do in Turtles in Time), there’s a dodge button that lets you dance out of trouble and there are a host of different aerial moves. And unlike older games, Shredder’s Revenge has unique animations for every move each character in the game can pull off. Even though gameplay between each character isn’t radically different, the distinct visuals for all four turtles and their friends keeps things looking fresh.

As with any good beat-‘em-up, each character has their own special move, too. Unlike in old arcade games, where using a special would usually take a chunk out of your health, these moves are tied to a power bar that fills up as you string together longer and longer hit combos. When it’s full, you can unleash a special move or save it for later use. It’s a good way to make it so players can’t just use special attacks constantly and adds a bit of strategy to the otherwise chaotic melee.

Another way Tribute makes Shredder’s Revenge feel more modern is the game’s story mode. You’ll be able to level up your character over time, which unlocks more health, extra lives and new special attacks. You’ll also eventually get the ability to stack multiple special moves — when you fill up your bar and bank one move, you can keep filling it up and hold two and eventually three in reserve — or you can blow all three at once in a frenzied super-attack. Story mode also lets you re-enter levels to find hidden items or meet the achievement goals for each stage (things like take out 10 enemies with a special attack, or make it through without taking damage). And you can switch your character between levels, rather than stay locked to one turtle for the entire game.

Arcade mode, on the other hand, is for old-school fans who want a tougher challenge. The game is simple: pick a character, and fight through all of the game’s dozen-plus levels before you run out of lives and continues. You get the advantage of having your health bar extended to its max capacity and all your special moves are unlocked — but given the number of stages in this game, it won’t be easy, especially on the intense “gnarly” difficulty level.

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This all makes for a fun single-player experience, but — just like the arcade games from the ‘90s — Shredder’s Revenge really shines in multiplayer mode. You can have up to four player on local co-op, or an insane six-players online. It’s a glorious amount of chaos, but it’s managed surprisingly well. The game scales up in difficulty depending on how many people you’re playing with; that usually just amounts to more enemies and bosses that can take more damage.

Unfortunately, cross-play isn’t supported for now — Xbox and PC players can team up, but PlayStation and Switch players will need to play the same version as their friends if they want to work together. The good news is that it’s also not hard to get a game going with strangers. It’s not quite as much fun as playing with people you know, but the game definitely feels more alive when you have at least a pair taking on Shredder and the Foot clan.

This all adds up to a game that’s a lot more fun to play than even I expected. Nostalgia goes a long way, but Shredder’s Revenge manages to work as a love letter to games of the past while still feeling fresh. There’s just something incredibly satisfying about teaming up with a few friends and mowing down a never-ending swarm of enemies; that was true in the ‘90s, and it’s still true today.

Of course, it helps if you have some affection for the TMNT franchise, but even if you don’t, the tight gameplay, addictive soundtrack and great co-op features should be enough to enjoy Shredder’s Revenge. And if you grew up playing the arcade games or their home console counterparts, this new adventure is a must-play. That’s especially true if you have friends to play it with, either IRL or online.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge confirmed for Switch with flashy new trailer

Back in March, Tribute Games and Dotemu announced a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat ’em up. There have been a few fondly-remembered TMNT beat ’em ups released throughout the decades, so expectations for this one – dubbed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – will undoubtedly be high. Today, we got to see a little more of the game in a new trailer, with Dotemu confirming that it will be coming to Nintendo Switch when it releases later this year.

While most probably assumed that this game was destined for Switch when it was revealed back in March, it’s nice to have that confirmation nonetheless. The Switch version was confirmed during today’s Indie World Showcase, and accompanying that announcement was the new – sadly somewhat brief – trailer you see embedded below.

The trailer does feature a little bit of gameplay footage from the announcement trailer, but much of it is new. It focuses mostly on the individual Turtles, showing us their fighting styles and their special abilities. We also get a few looks at multiplayer gameplay, sometimes with two players and sometimes with four.

For fans of games Turtles in Time or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game, this trailer and the one we saw back in March probably resonate is a very specific and exciting way. Add to that the fact that Tribute is specifically pursuing the 1980s TMNT aesthetic with Shredder’s Revenge, and there’s probably going to be a lot of hype following this game.

Hopefully it’s able to meet those expectations when it launches later this year. We don’t have release date info for Shredder’s Revenge outside of the confirmation that it’s launching within 2021, so we’ll let you know when more about it is revealed.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Get a New Retro Beat-Em-Up

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting a new retro game in the vein of Turtles In Time. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a retro beat-’em-up game coming to PC and consoles.

The new title is a four-player co-op game in the style of Konami’s old arcade brawlers. The trailer shows off all four turtles fighting through streets with a classic 16-bit art style, set to a new version of the TMNT theme song by Faith No More’s Mike Patton. It looks like something straight out of the 90s, with side-scrolling gameplay and lots of foot clan soldiers to punch.

The game does not currently have a release date or specified platforms, but it does have a Steam listing currently. It’s expected to launch on consoles as well as PC.

The Steam page gives some details on the plot, which is sure to please longtime fans: “With Bebop and Rocksteady assaulting Channel 6 and stealing super-gnarly devices to support Krang and Shredder’s latest twisted plan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge sees the Turtles battling across a righteous range of timeless TMNT locations. From Manhattan and Coney Island, to city rooftops and dank sewers, help the fearsome foursome trounce Foot Soldiers, Triceraton Warriors, and Rock Troops all the way to Dimension X!”

Shredder’s Revenge is developed by Tribute Games, which is known for working on retro brawler Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game. The title will be published by Dotemu, which released the standout Streets of Rage 4 in 2020.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a retro-inspired beat ’em up

If you were a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game or Turtles in Time back in the day, then you’re probably going to be excited by the new beat ’em up Tribute Games and Dotemu just announced today. The two companies are teaming up to make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a new beat ’em title that not only seems to pay homage to the Turtles beat ’em ups of the past, but also to the 1980s TV show.

All we’ve got for the moment is an announcement trailer for the game that offers a few brief moments of gameplay footage, but that’s probably going to be enough for many fans. That gameplay footage is even preceded by an animation that looks a lot like the 1980s cartoon, so fans of that show will probably want to watch the entire thing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is being developed by Tribute Games, which is responsible for titles like Flinthook, Wizorb, and Panzer Paladin. Dotemu will be acting as publisher on the title, and it’s got some beat ’em up experience under its belt, as it was the publisher of last year’s Streets of Rage 4.

So, it seems that the Turtles franchise is at least in capable hands, and it’s safe to say that they’ve got the style down in Shredder’s Revenge. Assuming the gameplay is on point, then this could prove to be the Turtles beat ’em up fans have been waiting decades for. The Steam page for this game is already online, and it promises four player simultaneous co-op and enemies like Foot Soldiers, Triceraton Warriors, and Rock Troops.

There’s no release date or pricing information for Shredder’s Revenge yet. In fact, we don’t even have a release window, as the Steam listing only says that the game is “coming soon.” We’ll let you know when more about Shredder’s Revenge is revealed, so stay tuned for that.

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