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Ubisoft Unveils TMNT Smash Up

“Shell-ebrating” 25 years of bad turtle-derived puns with a new four-player brawler for the Wii.

Can you believe that it's been 25 years since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first came out? It's probably not that hard if you're not an old-ass man like me, but I'm an old-ass man who can't reconcile the amount of time that has passed since he first heard the Ninja Rap. Ubisoft is using this silver anniversary as an excuse to bring the toitles to the Wii in an all-new four-player fighting game. Though the press release makes no explicit mention of the game's name, the included screenshots feature the name TMNT Smash Up, which makes a certain amount of sense, considering the involvement of Japanese developer Game Arts, which had a hand in the development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The screenshots themselves also suggest a similar style of action to SSBB.

Aside from the fact that the game won't be explicitly based on a specific TMNT cartoon, movie, or comic, and is scheduled to come to the Wii this Fall, Ubisoft isn't saying much else about TMNT Smash Up at the moment, though it promises more details in this month's issue of Nintendo Power.

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Posted by Ryan

Can you believe that it's been 25 years since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first came out? It's probably not that hard if you're not an old-ass man like me, but I'm an old-ass man who can't reconcile the amount of time that has passed since he first heard the Ninja Rap. Ubisoft is using this silver anniversary as an excuse to bring the toitles to the Wii in an all-new four-player fighting game. Though the press release makes no explicit mention of the game's name, the included screenshots feature the name TMNT Smash Up, which makes a certain amount of sense, considering the involvement of Japanese developer Game Arts, which had a hand in the development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The screenshots themselves also suggest a similar style of action to SSBB.

Aside from the fact that the game won't be explicitly based on a specific TMNT cartoon, movie, or comic, and is scheduled to come to the Wii this Fall, Ubisoft isn't saying much else about TMNT Smash Up at the moment, though it promises more details in this month's issue of Nintendo Power.

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Posted by Steve_C

Turtle-riffic.

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Posted by norton123

Just when you think it couldn't get much worse you find out it's coming out on the Wii. Great.

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Posted by Icemael
norton123 said:
"Just when you think it couldn't get much worse you find out it's coming out on the Wii. Great."
From the makers of Brawl? Couldn't get much worse? You should be shell-ebrating goddammit!
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Posted by Samulies

Oh the wii.... *sigh*

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Posted by Metric_Outlaw

It looks ok. I'm glad the makers of Brawl are making it at least. I wish it wasn't a Wii exclusive though.

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Posted by cjmhockey

Awesome!!!! Need me some good TMNT action.

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Posted by MackGyver

I really don't know what to say. I love the Turtles but a fighting game? And on the Wii of all consoles? Why? Sounds to me that Nintendo is really pushing to bring out some "serious" games on the Wii.

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Posted by pause422

Seeing as the last 50 TMNT games that have come out have been shit, no one should expect any more of this one. Especially with it being this type of game...on the Wii.

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Posted by masternater27

Looks awesome to me, idk what's up with the wii hate on this one, perfect fit imo.

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Edited by GobiasIndustries

My only love for Turtles video games died soon after Turtles in Time.

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Posted by NinjaSquirrel

Looks great.

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Posted by TheVatican

Heck yes!

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Posted by Ashibaka

I am definitely intrigued, but I have a wide variety of concerns. From what I've read it's looking pretty promising though.

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Posted by Systech

How does that look great in anyway? It's just a SSB clone.

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Posted by dsplayer1010

That title sucks

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Posted by AndrewB

This could be as good as "Castlevania:" *pause* "Judgement".

Let the turtles franchise die in peace, please.

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Posted by chililili

Fuck I expected a remake of the brawler for PSN/XBLA/Wii. Would have bought that in a heartbeat.

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Posted by ArbitraryWater

Why can't they just let TMNT die? Also, the game will be hopefully as "good" as Castlevania....Judgment, although the Smash Bros developer gives at least some cred.

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Posted by Brackynews

Sewers?? Pipes??
Somehow so familiar......

(p.s. I call Baxter Stockman)

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Posted by Godzilla_Bankrolls

@MackGyver :

It's already been done.

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Posted by Scooper

Ninja turtles are so late 80's they just don't have the same appeal that they did when kung foo turtles were edgy and cool.

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Posted by El_Dom

Heroes in a Half-Shell, TURTLE POWER!

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Posted by DrRandle

This could be awesome, but like Castlevania Judgement, I can't help but wonder why this is on the Wii. Judgement would have been much better served on the "lead sku" consoles with a better online and better graphics. And maybe more characters.

I hope TMNT doesn't have this problem, and is as every bit as good as Smash Bros. Brawl, but with Turtles, because that's awesome.

BTW, I'm pulling for Bullseye.

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Posted by TripMasterMunky

They should just remake Turtles In Time / Tournament Fighters for xbla/psn.

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Posted by InFamous91

Cool.....i think that a good step for TMNT

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Edited by strangeling

Wow. I knew this from last month's Nintendo Power.  I haven't read the article, but the screenshots did nothing for me.  Not a big Turtle fan.

And from the looks of it, the Turtles fight each other... Why?
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Posted by ThomasP

WTF? Why are so many people bashing this idea? A TMNT brawler designed by the same peeps who designed Smash Bros. Brawl sounds like a great idea... especially since Brawl was the fourth best selling game of '08 in North America. I play Brawl all the time and will definetly pick this up. Change is good, especially when it has something to do with my favorite childhood toys, tv shows, games, etc.

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Posted by waza

boring

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Posted by TwoOneFive

the graphics look crappy, but dude, these games rule in co-op. i remember me and my friends played the shit out of the ninja turtles game on xbox. 

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Posted by Crono

I refuse to acknowledge this game's existence.

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Posted by DXSSI

This is easily my most wanted game of 2009.

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Posted by Gregomasta

I'll play the shit out've it, if it handles like brawl, Michelangelo for the win

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Posted by Optiow

cool!
I have always loved the turtles!
25 years, amazing...

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Posted by longevitous

Go Ninja Go Ninja Go!

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Posted by especensor

even if its just brawl with turtles. ITS BRAWL WITH TURTLES!!

game arts developing it, it can't be that bad. even if its nothing special, i can't imagine it being not fun. fun is fun, so if this game can deliver that much, count me in.

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Posted by MrKlorox

I actually like that visual style. Makes me think back to the action figures instead of the lame cartoons.

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Posted by Enigma2099

From the makers of Brawl? Couldn't get much worse? You should be shell-ebrating goddammit!

This is gonna sound hard to believe, but some of us are not all that fond of SSBB... or the countless knock-offs.

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Posted by needforswede

I personally think this is awesome.  However, if it's only on Wii there will be pretty much no chance of me getting it.

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Posted by Linkyshinks

If it's in the Smash mold I'm game.  The developer has previously worked on Nintendo's Super Smash Bros Brawl for Wii, Grandia series for PlayStation and Lunar for Nintendo's portables. That's quality, even if Ubisoft's Wii division is not.

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Posted by PenguinDust

Since it appears to be a Brawl-like game, I wonder what other characters will be included.  Perhaps, sometime TMNT guest star, Usagi Yojimbo? http://www.usagiyojimbo.com/...or maybe the Power Rangers. :P

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Posted by strangeling
PenguinDust said:
"Since it appears to be a Brawl-like game, I wonder what other characters will be included.  Perhaps, sometime TMNT guest star, Usagi Yojimbo? http://www.usagiyojimbo.com/...or maybe the Power Rangers. :P"
Or if they could get the rights to use some of the TMNT knockoffs, like ARBH (Adolescent Radioactive Blackbelt Hamsters).
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Posted by Cubical

How hard would it have been  for them to just make a Ninja gaiden rip-off with a bunch of ninja turtles and not do this? 

Oh well the ninja turtle fighting games was not that bad before.

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Posted by EmptyQuarter

Never mind ninjas, where's the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles game?

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Posted by Snail

I highly doubt that this game will be good.

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Posted by kagato

I know its still early but im pretty excited about the game, they have such a huge back catalogue of characters they could use!  Its also great to know that Peter Laird is involved in the story so it should be authentic!

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Posted by zerok

Wii :-( Well, if it is as entertaining as TMNT Tournament Fighters combined with SSBM it might be finally a reason for me to get a Wii :-/

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Posted by Artemis_D

This is not what I want out of TMNT game,...

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