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TMNT: Smash-Up

The lean mean green fighting machines are back

It's pretty amazing to think how long the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been popular. Ever since the original cartoon became a childhood craze back in the late 1980s (when they had to be called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the UK because the word 'ninja' seemed too violent), they've consistently been well-liked by young and old alike. Even now, with 348 cartoon episodes, four feature films, 16 games and hundreds of comic books under their belts, they're still going strong.

Let's face it then - because of this popularity, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up could probably be a load of old rubbish and it'd still sell by the bucketload. After all, last year's Wii game based on the TMNT animated movie was about as fun as having a radiator dropped on your ribs and yet it still shifted in huge numbers. That's why we're happy to see that the forthcoming Smash-Up promises to actually be an enjoyable game.

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Worth Shelling Out For?

You see, the game's being developed by Game Arts, a Japanese developer most famous for the fantastic Grandia and Lunar series of RPGs. Most importantly though in the case of Smash Up, a number of members of the Game Arts team helped out with the initial development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and some of them also used to be members of Team Ninja, the famed developers behind the Ninja Gaiden and Dead Or Alive games on the Xbox. When you put that information together then look at the screens it should be pretty clear why Smash-Up is an exciting prospect - it essentially looks like Smash Bros. with the Turtles.

Indeed, the game is set up in a way that's extremely similar to Nintendo's hit game. It's a fighting game which takes place on multi-level stages and allows combat for up to four characters at once. There are items you can collect and taunts you can execute, and you're free to run and jump around the stage at will while fighting. So far, so Smash Bros.

There's also a Story Mode due to be included in the game but Game Arts has made it clear that this mode isn't going to be a side-scrolling adventure in the style of the Subspace Emissary mode in Brawl. One thing the developer has promised however is that these Turtles will be mean and moody types, similar to the way they appear in their cult comic book. This means, according to Game Arts, that there'll be no annoying wisecracks or quips all the way throughout the game. This means that everyone craving any "cowabunga dudes" or that "my sweet lord, I do believe this is both radical and tubular" nonsense (yes, both of you) may

have to do without while the rest of us can concentrate on some top notch chop-socky ninja action.

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Teenage Kicks

One of the biggest selling points for Super Smash Bros. Brawl was its online multiplayer

but some complained that it was slightly laggy and was hindered by a few connection issues. Game Arts promises that Smash-Up will also have four-player online multiplayer modes but it's determined to deliver a much smoother experience than Brawl did.

There's one thing Brawl had that will be

hard to match in Smash-Up however, and

that's a huge character roster. But Turtles fans will be happy to know that the game will

have a large roster of characters going back throughout the entire Turtles' history.

Although nobody other than the four Turtles and their rat-faced master Splinter have been confirmed yet, Mirage Studios (the company who owns the Turtles licence) has been heavily involved with the character selection process. We hope that as well as the more obvious possibilities like Shredder, April O'Neil and Casey Jones, we'll be treated to some classic

old-school Turtles characters like Krang,

Bebop, Rocksteady, the Rat King, Baxter Stockman and maybe even samurai rabbit

Usagi Yojimbo, who made a few appearances

in the cartoon. The possibilities are huge.

We've always been secret Teenage

Mutant Ninja Turtles fans here at ONM and

if this manages to somehow scale the same heights that Super Smash Bros. Brawl did

we could be looking at something really

special. We've got our katanas firmly crossed.


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  1. Ningamer Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 17:28

    There's no way this will be as good as Smash Bros. but I'm gonna keep an eye on this one!

    First Post? Sweeeet.

  2. ultra_slb Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 17:28

    being a HUGE TMNT fan.. i hope i wont be disapointed anymore :( Last one was just an insult to every fan.. if they manage to this right.. its gona be memorable!!

    Do this right please!!!

  3. Link16 Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 17:47

    I'd take SSBB over this any day. I'd rather play around with my huge selection of nintendo heroes than those turtles 8)

  4. Link16 Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 17:49

    I'd take SSBB over this any day. I'd rather play around with my huge selection of nintendo heroes than those turtles 8)

  5. GuyWhoLikesBlue2 Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 18:55

    It does seem good, but there is no chance it will be as good as SSBB. How about in the next Smash Bros. they include a few characters from the TMNT universe?

  6. Randomite Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 19:16

    I love the fact people are already saying this game wont be as good as SSBB, having not even played the TMNT game.

    I think the game personally can go either way, on paper the people behind bringing this game to the wii is an appetising prospect for a good game, but the question is can the creaters bring it together and produce a game worthy for Turtle fans.

    P.S Rocksteady and Beebop must be in this game.

  7. lminett Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 20:07

    i have to admit it looks pretty ace and im always welcomeing games like smash bros! to say it will be better or worse, who knows, i love brawl so it will take alot for me to think this is better but i hope this is going to be good, because its TNMT and there ace!

  8. ultra_slb Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 20:14

    i think its unfair to say this wont be as good as brawl... how do you even know?
    Let's give the benefit of the doubt, perhaps this will be a good game

  9. ash128 Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 20:30

    looks quite nice tbf :P glad that they SEEM to be develpoing this properly. Btw what the glowing outline that the turtles have??? any reason???

  10. Heroofhyrule Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 20:54

    looks quite nice tbf :P glad that they SEEM to be develpoing this properly. Btw what the glowing outline that the turtles have??? any reason???

    Probably to show which is which player. Red for first, second for green (or whichever order it goes)

    Anyways, the screenshots arn't looking too great at the moment, but i'm sure they'll look better, come to the finished game. I wonder how the game will controll, will the player be able to be as move as quickly and as high as they do in the smash bros world, or will they have slow movement with limited jumping abilities? Anyways, one thing I'm hoping they will include is more destrutable arenas, for example, completly breaking apart those tree branches.

  11. dizzy boy Tuesday 17th Mar 2009 at 22:58

    when i first heard of a new TMNT fight game due out for the wii, i was hoping for something along the lines, similar to that of the TMNT tournament fighters game that came out on the snes and megadrive. but i was dissapointed to here that it`s taken the form of SSBB, as i didn`t like SSBB one bit.

  12. Rudie111 Wednesday 18th Mar 2009 at 09:15

    I would put money on it that ONM will hype this and then give it an average score with a review saying its not as good as it could have been. Just like spiderman web of shadows

  13. shadowbowser28 Wednesday 18th Mar 2009 at 18:01

    It looks cool please agree with me and say u want 2 be able to play as shredder

  14. .Yoshi. Wednesday 18th Mar 2009 at 18:41

    I'd take SSBB over this any day. I'd rather play around with my huge
    selection of nintendo heroes than those turtles 8)

    Just read the top line of the above lol :D

  15. DBZFan355 Thursday 19th Mar 2009 at 16:15

    Brawl had more. That's the bottom line. Althought there is quality over quantity to look at, but Brawl had that too. Id also rather play as Link than Leonardo, and Snake than Splinter. Turtles is kind of a little kids series anyway.

  16. wilrc6 Saturday 11th Apr 2009 at 12:21

    I am really looking forward to this game. Something tells me its gonna be good. I dont get good feelings about games very often, but im definately feeling good stuff about this one.

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