Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – Retro Becomes New Again

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In recent years, especially among independent developers and publishers, retro-style pixel-based games reminiscent of NES, SNES, and Genesis/Megadrive games from the 80s and 90s have made a huge return in the steam and console marketplaces.

A few popular examples of this trend would have to be games such as Graveyard Keeper, Terraria, the Shovel Knight series, and several others that would make too long of a list for this page. One thing is that many people are happy to see this, the return of an era gone by full of colorful sprites and square pixels that remind us of our childhood when gaming was new.

Independent developers and publishers alike, Dotemu and Tribute Games Inc have been responsible for a quality handful of these new retro-style titles.

Dotemu, along with Guard Crush, Lizardcube, and Yooreka Studio (for Greater China) were the developers and publishers of 2020s long awaited Streets of Rage 4. The Paris-based publisher and developer have made it their mission to “bring back the best games from the past on the most recent platforms” since 2007. They have dusted off, published, and made new again some really good games from the 1980s and 90s such as the aforementioned Streets of Rage series, the upcoming Windjammers 2, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (2017) Pang Adventures (Buster Bros in North America) in 2016 and the Double Dragon Trilogy in 2015. They have published several other games including original IPs over the years but let’s stay focused here.

Tribute Games started creating their games in 2011 using modern technology to produce and develop perfectly pixelated games that pop right out of the 20th century. The Montreal (Quebec) based company has made a career out of making quality retro-style games that appear to come straight from your old NES or Sega Master System with a passion. Tributes contributions include the addictive 2020 release Panzer Paladin, The couch co-op Curses ‘N Chaos (2015), The action-packed 2-D platformer Ninja Senki DX in 2016, the action roguelike adventure Flinthook (2017), and publishing the upcoming post-apocalyptic Steel Assault, just to name a few.

Most recently both Dotemu, as the publisher and Tribute Games, as the developer has come together in a partnership with Nickelodeon to create a buzz for the soon-to-be-released TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHREDDER’S REVENGE. The look and style of the turtles, supporting cast of characters, and baddies look like they jumped straight out of the 1987 animated series.

TMNT: SR’s gameplay appears to be akin to TMNT: Turtles in Time and the TMNT Arcade with the humor and attitude most of us remember as children. Shredder’s Revenge is a 4 player beat ‘em up couch co-op and hopefully online co-op play but there has been no official statement on the latter.

Press release screenshots of the title feature Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo, of course, plus the old school style foot clan ninjas (in various colors), Bebop, Rocksteady, mousers and in one scene there is Krang’s robot body’s head sitting on a table in the background.

TMNT: SR boasts “old-school gameplay enhanced with super-fresh mechanics” and a “Radical new story mode”. It’s a rarity to see an indie dev take the helm on a popular licensed IP but it appears to be in good hands, we shall see when TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is released later this year (probably).