Ninja Turtles headed to Live Arcade

Ubisoft confirms deal with Konami to bring arcade brawler from 1989 to the Xbox 360; game scheduled for release this month.

With a new feature film based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand set to arrive in theaters March 20, now would be the perfect time for the series' fondly remembered four-player arcade beat-'em-up to debut on Xbox Live. But with the TMNT license in the hands of Ubisoft (who's working on a new Turtles game of its own for multiple platforms), and the arcade game having been developed by Konami, a port of the game appearing on any system seemed unlikely at best.

However, today Ubisoft officially announced that the publisher had come to terms with Konami and arranged for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game to arrive on Xbox Live Arcade by the end of the month. Developed by Digital Eclipse (also responsible for numerous Live Arcade games including Contra, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3), the Ninja Turtles game will feature the original's seven levels, voice chat capability, and online or offline cooperative multiplayer for up to four gamers.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available for 400 Microsoft Points ($5) when it arrives on the Xbox Live Arcade. For more on Ubisoft's plans for Xbox Live Arcade, the Wii Virtual Console, and Sony's PlayStation Store, check out GameSpot's interview with the publisher's director of new business development, James Regan.

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206 comments
PoopTete
PoopTete

this is amazing ive been saving my 400 points for a good game, and low and behold its TMNT!

dynamix682
dynamix682

AWESOME!!!! TMNT WILL LIVE ON!!!

theKSMM
theKSMM

Perfect timing, indeed. I'm sure that neither Konami nor Ubisoft was going to let petty greed get in the way of their ability to make sacks of money off an 18-year-old property by riding on a the coattails of a potential blockbuster.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm really looking forward to this!

LiquidZ08
LiquidZ08

Such fond memories of that game in the arcades. So many game machines all the noises, then out of no where "Cowabunga!" .... sorry, I'm on a late 80s early 90's arcade trip lol.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Yet another victory for Xbox Live. I can't wait for this game! Go, Wii60!!

MonkeysDad
MonkeysDad

Online multiplayer? 400 points? Result! I'll take this over the new TMNT game, thanks...

GoddBless
GoddBless

I've been waiting for this for a while now. I'm getting this the day it comes out, no questions asked.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

heh... spent lots of quarters on this one back in the day.

vidgamer2002
vidgamer2002

I've been waiting to see this game ported over for home use. For many years I've wanted to play the original arcade game. One of the BEST games ever for any system. Simple yet satisfying!

Dolacide
Dolacide

Yay! I would also like to see the Simpson's game, and the x men arcade game also.

wwonka666
wwonka666

Mtlguy SaitouZero, The simpsons license is currently in the hands of EA as I seem to recall. Given past relations between itself and Ubisoft, it's a very unlikely possibility at best. You are correct however, the simpsons arcade game coming to XBLA would be super sweet. Actually I just came to say as a hard core Nintendo fan, shame on you Nintendo! You should have released TMNT II the arcade game on the Wii by now! along with pretty much every Konami game made for the NES. If that Ghostbusters game that's in development doesn't end up on the Wii (on which the possibilities are awesome in contemplation) I am going to give serious thought to buying an Xbox360. I've always stuck by Nintendo, for 15 years now (started console gaming when I was 10), but microsoft is really making it hard to stick by them when they offer up the chances to enjoy some of the best franchises I enjoyed as a child. If they come out with some 80's Saturday morning cartoon all-star game, I am going to the nearest store on my lunch break and buying one. .... Just go get a 360 if you got the money, it's a true console rather than a gimmicky console like the Wii. Although, I've spent the last two hours beating Streets of Rage with my wife on the Wii. Anyway back on subject, The Simpsons game wouldn't require EA and Ubisoft's co-operation at all. It would require Konami and EA's and if Konami worked with Ubisoft to make this happen, why not make it happen with The Simpsons when the Simpsons movie is released in July?

rclayb
rclayb

Thank you Ubisoft for letting this happen.

Kfoss
Kfoss

nifty wonder if its got any thing to do with the new TMNT turtle movie ehhhhh..umm what a unique time...well atleast this 1989 classic as EYES!..i remember when they had eyes...an not cheeply animated slits *sigh*

BOSSMAN_2004
BOSSMAN_2004

This is awsome...I just hope it has the original music as the recent port did not when you beat that ninja turtles: battle nexus

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Which Ninja Turtles game is it? I already have a couple of them on NES and SNES... ;)

jonajacket
jonajacket

That was one immense Arcade, it felt like the bloody show for a wee 9 year that didn't have a console at the time!!!

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

The picture Gamespot used for this article reminded me of the Sexual Game Moments section at i-mockery.com, where this game is one of many featured. WTF, you asked? Just go look yourself.

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

Sweet. This is what I've been waiting for. Actually, I was kinda hoping for Turtles in Time, but this will do just fine. This month? $5? I'm in. Lots of awesome titles lately on XBLA. Soon enough we'll be getting Double Dragon, Castle Crashers, and Symphony of the Night. Perhaps the X-men Arcade game? Or maybe Capcom's Alien vs. Predator? Here's to hoping.

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

4 player co-op online? Wow, now I'm not so bummed it's not Turtles in Time. W00t!

BloodMist
BloodMist

The best TMNT game EVAR!!!!!Bet it makes that new TMNT game look like crap too.

jkrompin
jkrompin

Superbustacap WHy would they put the 1st one on arcade, the 2nd and 3rd are 100x better! I'm so mad I wanted the 2nd or 3rd from NES. Are you kidding? You realize this is the arcade game (aka "TMNT II") and NOT the first NES game, right?

Mtlguy
Mtlguy

SaitouZero, The simpsons license is currently in the hands of EA as I seem to recall. Given past relations between itself and Ubisoft, it's a very unlikely possibility at best. You are correct however, the simpsons arcade game coming to XBLA would be super sweet. Actually I just came to say as a hard core Nintendo fan, shame on you Nintendo! You should have released TMNT II the arcade game on the Wii by now! along with pretty much every Konami game made for the NES. If that Ghostbusters game that's in development doesn't end up on the Wii (on which the possibilities are awesome in contemplation) I am going to give serious thought to buying an Xbox360. I've always stuck by Nintendo, for 15 years now (started console gaming when I was 10), but microsoft is really making it hard to stick by them when they offer up the chances to enjoy some of the best franchises I enjoyed as a child. If they come out with some 80's Saturday morning cartoon all-star game, I am going to the nearest store on my lunch break and buying one.

Montrell22
Montrell22

OOO Snap!!! All we need now is Double Dribble and Tecmo Bowl!!! XBLIVE Will Rule!!! GO ARMY!!!

RodBond
RodBond

WOW.. AWESOME..teheheee... I can't wait.. I thought they might do this before long.

SaitouZero
SaitouZero

I hope this will be successful and lead to Ubisoft working out another deal with Konami for The Simpsons arcade game. 4 player co-op on that game was the best.

helios515
helios515

I remember playing that a long time ago. It'll be worth the 400 points.

tallisman7490
tallisman7490

If they put "Turtles in Time" on XBLA i'll be excited

Superbustacap
Superbustacap

WHy would they put the 1st one on arcade, the 2nd and 3rd are 100x better! I'm so mad I wanted the 2nd or 3rd from NES.

white_sox
white_sox

Sweet, for $5 thats a steal.

bam11bam
bam11bam

hahaha....here Turtle Turtle Turtle!!!...........this game is gonna R@PE ASS!!!!

Tmills_basic
Tmills_basic

Wow, this is great news...Im definately picking this up...when does it come out?

samether
samether

Will i have unlimited credits? It pissed me off that i only had 8 lives in that damn Contra i paid my money for on XBLA!!!!!!!

bminns
bminns

i loved the ninja turtle games when i was younger!

djpiezo
djpiezo

I rember Back In The 90's I've Spent One Hundered Dollars (100)Tryin to Beat This Game At the Arcade Room And Still Didn't Beat It....Glad To See That's It's Commin To Xbox Live Arcade..

crithon
crithon

wow..... for a long time I was saying we would never see this game especially with the amount of licensing involved in a game like this would require to get it released onto a system. Wow, now for Ducktales, Mike Tyson's Punchout, Robocop VS Terminator, Flashback, Out of this World ect.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Shell shocked!! Duh, Who put out the lights?

Gigatron
Gigatron

HELLS YES!! It's no Battletoads, but I'll take it. TMNT is gonna rock!!

dunit13
dunit13

YAY YAY YAY YAY now I'm going to have to ask for microsoft points for easter this is gonna be awesome unless they somehow screw up the emulation.

vitz3
vitz3

I've already bought this. Good choice M$. This is the game I've been waiting for.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

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