Way back in October of last year, we discovered that American developer Raw Thrills was hard at work on the creation of a new beat ’em up arcade game called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Based upon the newer Nickelodeon series that ran from 2012-17, TMNT and arcade fans were understandably excited by the news, especially given the history that the property has enjoyed with the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (’89) and Turtles In Time (’91).
I had the opportunity to play the game both at IAAPA 2017 and Amusement Expo 2018 and came away with a favorable impression. While I had not watched the newer show, I grew up as a TMNT fan from the 80s cartoon; I’ve owned the ’89 game for several years and I found the new one to be spot on with what you expect out of a brawler. Granted, I have a soft spot for the genre too…just letting you know my biases up front Here’s the game as I filmed it in Vegas this past February:
Spin the clock forward six months and it is now official – Raw Thrills’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is shipping and is already appearing at various arcades across the United States. Readers are reporting that the game is already available at Round1USA locations for this weekend; I was also contacted by an operator in South Carolina who just received it this week and sent these pictures in. He stated that “people seem to be enjoying it so far” and that they will run it in arcade-only mode for this weekend then redemption mode next to compare earnings:
(Note: This picture shows the marquee with the lighting off – here’s a link to an older pic of it lit up although the art has changed)
THe control panel has changed from the IAAPA/AE builds – instead of oval shaped plates they are circular; the artwork has changed and there is more T-Molding – RGB LED T-molding on more of the control panel as well as green T-molding around the speakers:
The final production cab:
If you have had a chance to play this new exclusive arcade game, what did you think about it?