Ubisoft announced that they're publishing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle videogame--the first one that isn't directly tied into a TMNT movie, TV show or comic book. It's a project purely concocted to celebrate a quarter of a century of those four surfer-lingo-rocking greenbacks. I'll have to admit that I have no barometer on how hot this game will be received today. That arcade cabinet ate a lot of my quarters when I was a chitlin though. As to this new project, here's four things you need to know:
- It's being developed by Game Arts, makers of Super Smash Bros. Brawl (good) and Project Sylpheed (bad)
- It'll be four-player
- It's only on the Wii
- And it'll look something like this:
UBISOFTR CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLESR WITH
LAUNCH OF NEW VIDEO GAME
SAN FRANCISCO - January 26, 2009 - Today Ubisoft announced that it will
launch an all-new, original Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesR (TMNTR) video game
- the first that is not tied to a TMNTR movie, television show or comic book
- which will be a four-player action fighting title. The game is being
developed by Game Arts, noted for working on the critically acclaimed Super
Smash Bros.(TM) Brawl for Wii(TM). Scheduled for release in fall 2009, the
video game will be a key event in the year-long "Shell-ebration" of the 25th
anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesR which, in addition to the
video game launch, will include new and exciting products and experiences
for TMNTR fans in the U.S. and around the world.
The success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesR in various media has been
sustained over the last 25 years with numerous "bests," including: the
best-selling video game on Xbox LIVER Arcade for the Xbox 360R video game
and entertainment system from Microsoft in 2007; and in the late '80s and
early '90s, the No.1-rated Saturday morning TV show in the US; the
No.1-rated daily syndicated animated TV strip for children; the No.1
Nintendo Entertainment System(TM) and Game Boy(TM) Advance video game in the
world and the No.1 live touring arena show in the U.S.
"We're really excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first TMNTR
comic and we have a number of radical 'Shell-ebration' events planned for
2009," said Gary Richardson, CEO of Mirage Studios. "The awesome new video
game that Ubisoft will release in 2009 is an important part of celebrating
this Turtles milestone with fans around the world."
"There is no better tribute to the Turtles than the creation of a brand-new
game that will help to launch the next 25 years of success," said Tony Key,
senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. "It's our pleasure
to partner again with Mirage as part of the worldwide birthday celebration
for the Turtles."
More details about the game can be found in the January 2009 TMNTR cover
story issue of Nintendo Power magazine in the U.S.