How long has it been since a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game was a sea of quality? Konami had its fabulous run in the arcades and on the Nintendo and Super Nintendo scene back in the early 90s, but since then, it’s been nothing but a run of disappointment from Ubisoft and Activision as the license gets passed around to the next highest bidder.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze is an original film meant to bridge the second and third season of the Turtles’ newest cartoon on Nickelodeon. I haven’t been following the show and have no interest in the film, but I certainly want to play the game. Why? Because the team behind it has done nothing but wonders for the “neo retro” gaming scene.
Activision still remains in firm control of the Ninja Turtle distribution license, but the company has made all the right moves to secure Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze a spot on my radar by contracting WayForward Technologies to handle the development.
For those who need a reminder, WayForward is the team responsible for the excellent retro stylized original games like Shantae and Mighty Switch Force. When not working on their own titles, they are often busy turning out licensed games that are far better than they have any right to be. Alien Infestation, DuckTales Remastered, Contra 4, and A Boy and His Blob all come to mind. Nobody knows how to get in the cracks and find the hidden genius is other people’s properties better than WayForward.
Some people haven’t been down with the new cartoonish look for the Turtles, but I have no problem with it. I’m sure that WayForward would have an easier time working with that style than it would with the recent Michael Bay Turtles. Ick…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze might not change the world, but it’s been so long since I’ve played a decent Turtles game that I just have to try it out. It’s a perfect fit for WayForward, and the game will be released for the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 this fall.