Maybe you haven’t heard until now, but a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles four player fighting game is in development for Wii. The appearance of a TMNT game with no movie in sight is a good sign. Even better, the development team consists of both the people that brought you Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Team Ninja, the developer behind Ninja Gaiden.
The game is said to be very much like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but there will be some very clear differences. Team Ninja is experienced when it comes to fighting mechanics, and you can expect to see some somewhat complex combos available, something Brawl did not feature. Also, there will be a bigger emphasis on using your environment against your opponent. Not only can you use the environment to execute an attack, but you can also use it to your strategic advantage. For example, in a sewer level there are areas where a constant stream of water flows down off the stage. If you were knock someone off their feet at the right moment there’s a good chance they would not be able to react before sliding right off.
Also, some new ideas have been put into play when it comes to mid-air movement. Players can not only swing from ledges, but stab their weapon into a solid surface to keep from falling off the edge. In fact, it’s been hinted at that it’s possible to be disarmed of your weapon completely, or to take the other person’s weapon. Which is an intriguing possibility for this type of game.
When it comes to the character selection, we know characters like the turtles, Splinter, and Shredder will all be there. The developers, however, have hinted that some new characters will be available in the final build that we will not expect.
The possibilities are interesting, and you can’t help but wonder how this game may change four player fighting games in the future. This game looks like it will take four player fighting to a whole new level, one that these types of fighting games should have achieved long ago, I say.
The development team intends to make this the greatest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle game ever made. The way I see it, anyone even slightly interested in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Smash Bros. should check this game out when they get the chance.