It's a great year for Turtles-loving gamers. Not only do we get the exciting TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection from Konami, but Dotemu Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge in store for us as well. Shredder's Revenge is an all-new cooperative beat 'em up that draws on the iconography of the 1987 TMNT cartoon series. Today, we learned that the game takes things a step further by utilizing the original voice actors from the 1987 cartoon as well!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge comes from developer Tribute Games (makers of the gorgeous co-op run-and gun shooter, Mercenary Kings) and Dotemu (of Streets of Rage 4 fame). The game draws closely from the first Konami arcade game, with the protagonists fighting numerous colored variations of Foot Soldier robots that enter the screen in interesting ways. The two levels we've seen so far (thanks to a new video from IGN) take place in iconic locations from the 1987s cartoon, marrying the design of the arcade game with more show-accurate situations and settings. And, excitingly, both April and Splinter get in on the action as playable characters.
Along with the new video, Dotemu announced that the original voices from the 1987 cartoon (who were sorely missed in 2009's Turtles Forever animated movie) will reprise their roles in the game. These include:
- Cam Clarke as Leonardo
- Rob Paulsen as Raphael
- Townsend Coleman as Michelangelo
- Barry Gordon as Donatello
Bebop and Rocksteady sound pretty accurate in IGN's video too, don't they?
The other big news coming from IGN today is that Shredder's Revenge will launch sometime this summer. The game has been without a release date so far, seemingly driving some fans to the brink of insanity. Seriously, please stop asking about the release date, dudes! You're only hurting yourselves!!
In other TMNT news, we're still waiting on a release date from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, a compilation of 13 8-bit and 16-bit Turtles games from Konami.