Activision and Nickelodeon today announced that they have teamed up to create new video games based on the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series that began airing last year. The deal encompasses three video games, the first of which will be released sometime this summer.
“The fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are unique in that they span generations and are very passionate,” said Kurt Niederloh, vice president of Activision Publishing Minneapolis. “We respect this passion and look forward to working with Nickelodeon to create games that embody the spirit of the property.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video games have a storied history. The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game was released for the original Nintendo console in 1989. Though it is considered one of the hardest games of all time, it sold well and is considered a classic. Two arcade games released around the same time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time also went on to become hits and are considered classics of the side-scrolling beat ’em up genre. Since that time, most Ninja Turtles video games have been plagued by the same quality problems seen in many games created to cash in on licensed TV or Movie properties.
“We are confident that these upcoming games will take gamers through interactive environments and action-packed adventures that truly capture the essence, tone and exciting elements of the Turtles,” said Sherice Torres, SVP of Nickelodeon Consumer Products.