A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat-em-up game is apparently going to be making an appearance at the IAAPA trade expo in a few weeks, marking the first time in years that such a game has been released. Previous Ninja Turtles beat-em-up games had come out back in the old days.
However, even though numerous other beat-em-ups such as the official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game and the Battle Nexus game (both starring the 2003 incarnations of the Ninja Turtles) this will be the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat-em-up game that focuses on the most recent incarnation of the turtles, the 2012 turtles that have their own CGI cartoon.
The semi-proof that talks about the game coming to the IAAPA expo comes from a flyer that supposedly shows off the game, which runs on the classic beat-em-up controls of a joystick and various buttons, sort of like a fight stick. If this is true then we may experience another game being added to the surge of beat-em-up titles that have been releasing recently.
While beat-em-up titles like Mother Russia Bleeds, Double Dragon, Castle Crashers, and more are part of a classic genre, the beat-em-up has fallen out of use fairly recently as more people find themselves disliking button-mashers as lacking nuance, not to mention the decline of classic arcade machines.
However, if it’s done well, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat-em-up that’s going to be shown at the IAAPA might signal a bigger revival of the genre, calling to mind nostalgic memories of the original 1987 Ninja Turtles and their own classic beat-em-up title.
Either way we’ll have to wait until the IAAPA show to see how the game actually looks, and then we’ll have to wait until it releases to show how the game actually plays and what it’s going to be compatible on. Either way, hopefully it will be good.