Ubisoft's Ninja Turtles emerge from the shadows

Publisher's French-Canadian studios set to bring film-based TMNT game to small screens next March.

Leonardo mixes it up.

In January, Ubisoft announced that it had secured the rights to make games based on the upcoming movie adaptation of the indie-comic-turned-late-'80s-kids'-fad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nearly a year later, the publisher has finally dropped some details on the project.

Set to release ahead of the movie next spring, the game is being developed at Ubisoft's Montreal and Quebec City studios on the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and PC. No mention was made of a PlayStation 3 version of the game. The publisher is promising a diverse group of adversaries pulled from both the movie and the original comics and environments designed around acrobatic navigation (something Ubisoft should be familiar with after developing the Prince of Persia series).

It won't all be fighting, as Ubisoft is emphasizing "acrobatic navigation" as well.

"The TMNT movie is all about the emotions associated with family and teenage angst," said Nick Harper, the game's creative director. "We've taken that philosophy and turned it into gameplay mechanics that will be fun and challenging."

One aspect of the game in which the familial theme will be played up is in the collaborative team-ups. The turtles will use each other's assistance to pummel their foes as well as to gain access to new areas.

The TMNT game is set for release March 13 of next year, with the movie it's based on arriving in theaters on March 23. The game has not yet been rated or priced.

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159 comments
LAboy06
LAboy06

Did they cancel the PS3 version?

donmega1
donmega1

gamespot review.........6.5.....us.....7.2....them.......6.0....

captainwonton
captainwonton

if this game becomes another beat em' up, like konami's outstanding work (sarcasm) then i don't think ubisoft get any problem taking the game of the year award (more sarcasm) !

_Sam_
_Sam_

I loved them when I was a kid. too bad they are making a movie now, not then ;)

avery04
avery04

Yes, any unlockable games???

playa42018
playa42018

looks like all the good systems are gonna get it at least

datniccah187
datniccah187

TMNT, you know i'm going to have to buy that.

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

If Ubisoft MONTREAL is making this then it's going to be a great game. They made Prince of Persia after all.

Gastman
Gastman

Were is the PS3 version of it.

MoogleDragoon
MoogleDragoon

I used to love TMNT when I was a kid. The TMNT arcade game was amazing as was turtles in time. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

icym
icym

Hoping for the best... I really am

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

Already I know this will be a stinker. Whys that you ask? Konami ain't making it. 'Nuff said.

shazaila
shazaila

Lmao, wow, the graphics.... Can't say much... Other than it looks like total garbage.

peanutmanak47
peanutmanak47

wow i must say it does look like crap. hopefully the gameplay is better

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

A non-cell shaded one? That's surprising.

Wiitendo64
Wiitendo64

Unisoft jus mite turn the boring beat'em up series into a better experience. Now if only Ubisoft can make the next DBZ:Sagas

WillT12345
WillT12345

don't tell me Michelangelo can use his nunchakus to fly

LordelX
LordelX

A Gamecube game? In 2007? Say it ain't so!

theKSMM
theKSMM

Wow, you guys really are some graphics whores. If I can get some fluid, close-quarters, hand-to-hand melee combat, I don't care what any individual frame of animation looks like. Seven-on-one fight sequences? Sounds like a good use of multicore datapaths to me.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

This could be a break through for the TMNT series. They should take their to make the game good.

Crimson-_-Tears
Crimson-_-Tears

I liked the old school nes TMNT games they rocked I hope this game is just as good.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

hopefully should be a fun game, I like ubisoft and liked the old movies from back in the day and the first ninja turtles game.

marioman1
marioman1

Looks awful, and knowing Ubisoft, they will tack on some cheesy controls for wii and pump it out like the rest of their crappy games

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Another lame movie/cartoon game. Looks awful and too simple.

natethegreat235
natethegreat235

Is it just me or do they look like frogs extended in a leap....?

SEr_803
SEr_803

this game needs to be polished up and hopefully more fun then recent tmnt games

leapfrog91
leapfrog91

I can't believe they released such awful screens with only THREE months left til release. This is gonna be a bust for sure.

totallyschizo
totallyschizo

this game looks like it was beaten with an ugly staff......

courtez2k4
courtez2k4

If this is anything like PoP in terms of quality I may pick it up especially since Rival Swords is kinda a stab in the back to Wii owners.

jarrodt
jarrodt

OH man Battletoads would be great.

crude_darkness
crude_darkness

the first pic looks like something out of spiderman, and the second pic looks like something out of Prince of Persia.

faizali86
faizali86

i just hope this is as good as the tmnt in the nes days. i really loved those.

ZEELIX
ZEELIX

pic makes me think a prince a persia.

Agulf
Agulf

"The TMNT game is set for release March 13 of next year, with the movie it's based on arriving in theatres on March 23."... So it's not based on the OLD motion pictures? Come on man, those rocked. Especially the one with Super Shredder :D

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

I think that when a game is made for the both generations of consoles it always stays limited to the previous-gen (PS2, GC, in the case). So we'll won't see a game with the status of last-gen how it would be if it has been made exclusive for the last-gen consoles. When UBI launched Prince Of Persia there wasn't any movie launching together, I guess this gives a great difference on the final result Let's see how it'll be.. by the pictures the characters looks ugly, but the scenarios has some good textures and effects of light. Is Michelangelo flying with the nunchakus?

strangestguy
strangestguy

Well i'd rather we be called Quebeckers too, but its not a question of racism or anything, i mean they call Ontarians Ontarians not "english canadians living next to french canadians" O.o ... And just to point out that Quebec is not the only Province with french talking canadians ... so the term french canadians used to describe Quebeckers is not really precise. Its like saying north americans when u want to talk about mexicans O.o ... which would be weird since canadians and americans also live in north america. Anyway personaly i liked the tmnt on nes cant remember which ones i liked though i think there where 3 or 4 and i liked only 1 of them. The snes one is really fun too throwing the Footies in the screen was great .... i bought the last tmnt on ps2 only to play that snes game again with my Bro. Sweet stuff. P.S: Didnt know that many Quebekers actually used those forums!!!! I feel less lonely lol.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

looks kinda bad. will probably be bad too.

especensor
especensor

krachan I would really love a proper TMNT game, but i dont really belive that this is it... I on the other hand think otherwise. Acrobatics like a prince of persia game would rock. Only time can tell but these screenshots aren't looking too good.

krachan
krachan

I would really love a proper TMNT game, but i dont really belive that this is it...

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

It looks nice , but the controls will be probably mediocre :?

M-Yu
M-Yu

I hope it lives up to the hype

vanzhan
vanzhan

I'm QUEBECOIS and I don't find it INSULTING to be called a French Canadian. it's psychos like you who give the rest of us a bad name! No wonder the rest of the country hates us LOL. seriously, the whole SEPARIST thing is soooooo 1980s, it's not even funny. I guess it's a propos, considering this news item is about 80s cult cartoon TMNT. those graphics look horrendous. seriously, apart from TMNT THE ARCADE GAME, almost all of the Turtles games have sucked donkey. Konami should just make an HD version of that classic, with nice, sharp, polygonal graphics but with the original 2D gameplay, and sell THAT on XBLA. man, that'll be the day! I guess nice UPDATES to oldies (as opposed to quick cash-in ports) are just too good to be true.

wackoss
wackoss

Those better be early, early, unfinished shots because those graphics are N64 quality. Why not just make a Dynasty Warriors Clone?

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

These character models look more like the original comic book art work then anything since they went cartoony.

dholmes19
dholmes19

i can hear the theme song playing in my head now...

Basbik
Basbik

The Turtle's look too skinny I think they should have more girth and thicker limb's. Their shell's should add some bulk to them and they must be fairly heavy so they should have thicker arm's and leg's . Carrying the weight of their shell's while doing flip's kick's & such should give them some pretty good strength. I have only seen the 2 shot's so far but I hope these are'nt the final character model's. THey look ok but as I said I think they should be a little bulkier