Spelunky’s creator has ideas for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Back to the Sewers

It’s great to see more an more successful game developers openly share their fan art with us. Snakepixel’s concept for a new edition of Wario Land, Konjak’s plans for a new Daisy game, Secret Base’s aspirations for an officially licensed Avengers beat ’em up, and now Derek Yu’s dreams of a NES-era Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles titles are all equal parts delightful pipe dreams and legitimately great ideas.

After spotting this art on Twitter, I asked Derek what he’s actually do with the TMNT property if he were able to make an NES game with it. He told me he’d make a “…top-down stealth game that switches between city and sewers, changes to free-scrolling beat ’em up when you enter a mission. Regular missions are randomly-generated, special missions are unlocked when you win enough territory back from the Foot Clan. Getting spotted too many times in the top-down part will force you back to the sewer for a time and let the Foot gain territory. And some kind of sewer skateboarding mini-game like the special stages in (seen below).”

I hope that whoever owns the game rights to the Turtles is reading this. You’re sitting on a goldmine here.

Jonathan Holmes
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