A new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game is in the works, built by arcade game company Raw Thrills. The game, first reported on by , is being pitched as a spiritual successor to the fan favorite TMNT game first released in 1989.
Originally developed in 1984 as a self-published ironic mockery of the overly serious nature of comics in the 1980s, the Turtles quickly became a non-ironic cash cow. By 1987, the Turtles were getting their own TV show, which would last 10 seasons. In 1989, capitalizing on that success, Turtles in Time was released.
Turtles in Time was a simple, brawler, a beat 'em up romp through the Turtles various villains, from Bebop to Shredder with the option to play as any turtle, each with distinctive tactics. It quickly became a quarter-swallowing machine, later ported to the SNES.
There have previous attempts to match the success of Turtles in Time, all have come short. A notable failure was the attempt to reskin the game with modern graphics, making the turtles look like a lame imitation of themselves.
Raw Thrills that "this new version of TMNT is a completely new re-imagining of the brawler concept. There are more moves, more environmental interaction, cool Turtle Power special attacks, voiceover from the entire cast (including Seth Green and others)." The company has been behind the majority of popular new arcade boxes in recent years, ranging from to the .
The new Turtles game will measure nine feet tall and four and a half feet across. The company plans to demo the game later this year at the expo in November. The turtles, in time, will prove if they're able to hit the same heights they reached in the late 80s.