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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will soon return to consoles in a “spiritual sequel to 80s-90s video games”

NOnine years after the last license gameThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in power with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. A game planned for 2022 from the independent studio Tribute Games. invites you to rediscover the universe of large-scale knights in a universe consisting of pixels. A tribute to the games of the 80s and 90s, there’s plenty to do in this new 2D beat ’em up fighting game – progressive fighting game quiver memories of many slot machine lovers.

Known for his iconic 1987 cartoon., the franchise received its first game adaptation just two years later with Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles on the Nintendo (NES). Today deductible does not accumulate it has at least sixteen official games to its credit, most of which were developed for slot machines. Information about France interview Eric La Fontaine, Chief Marketing Officer of Tribute Games, spoke to us about the inextricable link between the Ninja Turtles license and retro video games.

Franceinfo Culture: Where did the idea for this video game come from?

Eric La Fontaine: The Tribute Games team has always dreamed of making a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. We all grew up with the 80s animated series and video games released in the late 80s and early 90s, which had a strong impact on our imaginations as future “game designers”. However, the idea was not just to create a game of the past, but to pay homage to the Turtles. It was both the experience of bathing the player in nostalgia and at the same time providing a modern gaming session.

What video game references are found in the game?

Numerous references litter the game, including explicit references to video games such as The Arcade Game and Turtle in Time. But there are also many direct references to cartoons and even to a series of figurines and toys from our childhood. From the script to the fine details of the backgrounds, Turtle fans have a lot to discover.

Is this a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game for fans of the franchise?

The game is made by big fans of the turtles, however, it is not intended exclusively for fans. Humor, excellent animation will appeal to everyone who loves beautiful drawings and funny moments. In addition, both beginners and more experienced “gamers” will find what they are looking for with several game modes and difficulty levels. You can simply press the buttons randomly and you can create magical battle moments with your friends: you can plan your moves in advance to knock out the Foot Clan!

Can we say that without the reputation of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, the game wouldn’t exist?

Accurate. The game is a love letter to old beat em up turtles. Without these old games, Shredder’s Revenge wouldn’t exist in the way it does today. Fan love for these old games is why we developed this game.

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles is one of the first Ninja Turtle games released for the NES in 1987. (NINTENDO)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a special connection to video games outside of cartoons. How can we explain this?

The video game Turtles resonated so strongly in our imagination because we were finally able to bring them to life. When we were kids it was an amazing time for us to play the very first arcade machine Turtles pretty soon after the cartoon. It was like watching an episode of a TV series! This projection in their universe is a memory shared by many people.

Will a 3D graphics engine work for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game? Why such a craving for “retro” graphics?

Tribute Games is known for its high quality pixel art. Our corporate mission is to develop retro games in a modern way. So, it was clear that our approach to this game would involve high-level pixel art!

Shredder's Revenge is a side-scrolling fighting game with a pixelated art style reminiscent of arcade video games. (GAME DATA)

Shredder’s Revenge is a side-scrolling fighting game with a pixelated art style reminiscent of arcade video games. (GAME DATA)

Can we talk about a sequel to the arcade video games of the 80s and 90s?

Definitely. Shredder’s Revenge is a spiritual sequel to the arcade video games of our childhood. However, we have put a lot of effort into making it a modern experience for today’s young and old. It’s not an archaic experience: the game is easy for everyone and adapts to the player’s abilities. In addition, the game offers a range of moves, animations, attacks and challenges that older games with this technology could not offer before. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is the perfect blend of nostalgia and modernity.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, developed by Tribute Games, will release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC by the end of 2022.

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