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Activision Signs Multi-Year Deal for Ninja Turtles Video Games; First Game Coming This Summer

Looks like my wish for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise to get a video game reboot is coming true.  Nickelodeon and Activision have announced they're partnering together for an exclusive multi-year deal to create video games based on the new TMNT cartoon show.  The best news, the first game will be coming this Summer. 

I've been dying for a new TMNT game for a while now.  I love the franchise and think there's plenty of potential within the Ninja Turtle universe for great gaming experiences.  Sadly, most of the recent games haven't delivered on that potential.  With a new TV show being a massive success (for good reason too), I figured/hoped that new video games wouldn't be too far behind.  Turns out I was right!  Here's the press release with the info:


Nickelodeon and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI)  today announced a worldwide, multi-year deal to develop and publish video games inspired by the new CG-animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Under the new agreement, Activision has the global rights to produce interactive games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property.

"Activision is a leader in the gaming industry and we are honored to have them as the global video game partner for our new hit series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," said Sherice Torres , Senior Vice President of Entertainment Products, Nickelodeon Consumer Products.  "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.

"The fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are unique in that they span generations and are very passionate," said Kurt Niederloh , Vice President, Activision Publishing Minneapolis, Inc. "We respect this passion and look forward to working with Nickelodeon to create games that embody the spirit of the property."

Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered Sept. 29, 2012 and was an instant hit, drawing almost 12 million viewers during its premiere weekend.  Funnier and with more ninjutsu than ever before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles explores the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be. The premiere episode was executive produced by Ciro Nieli , Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia and Peter Hastings . The series airs regularly on Nickelodeon, Saturday mornings at 11a.m. ET/PT.

Okay, so the exciting thing is that we'll be getting a new TMNT game this Summer (the first of three apparently), but I have some reservations.  I mean, Activision is a fairly decent developer, but on the whole, I haven't enjoyed what they've done with licensed properties.  I can't say they've done the Spider-Man franchise any good in the last few games.  Even so, I'm trying to remain optimistic about it.

How do you guys feel about another Ninja Turtles game?


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