Developer: Tribute Games
Platforms: NS, PS4, XBO, PC
Version Played: PC
Back in 1989, before Street Fighter II took over the world of video games, Turtle mania was running wild and arcades were full of beat 'em ups. So naturally, Konami made a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat 'em up, and it was a huge hit. It stood out because it was fun, it looked like the most popular cartoon at the time, and it had a huge 4 player cabinet. You couldn't miss it. It was so popular that Konami kept making BEUs throughout the fighting game craze, including a sequel to TMNT, Turtles in Time. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge isn't actually a sequel to Konami's games, but it's totally a sequel to Konami's games in spirit. The art style is a little different, but it's also based on the first cartoon series, it plays like those games, it sounds like them, and Tribute Games has put in even more love and attention to detail than Konami did back in the day. This game truly is a labor of love, dude.
TMNT Shredder's Revenge isn't just a nostalgic romp, it's legitimately one of the best beat 'em ups in recent years. It has amazing combat, great online with rollback netcode, beautiful graphics, a totally tubular soundtrack, and awesome VOs. There's something for everyone here, whether you're a Turtles fan, or just a fan of beat 'em ups in general.