Having crossed paths with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles regularly, the samurai bunny Usagi Yojimbo would be perfect for TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge.
the 2D fighting game from Tribute Games, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revengehas a large roster of playable characters to choose from, but including Miyamoto Usagi from the Usagi Yojimbo comics via DLC would make it perfect. The Shredder’s Revenge currently has seven heroes to embody, including the four turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo), as well as allies Master Splinter, April O’Neil, and Casey Jones. Tribute Games has left the DLC prospect on hold for now, but is introducing Stan Sakai’s legendary samurai rabbit as a playable character in TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge would be the best way to start.
Mainly inspired by the iconic 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and its related arcade games – in particular turtles in time – TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is a 16-bit throwback to the heyday of the Turtles and sees the heroes in a half-shell against arch-nemesis Oroku Saki and classic cartoon villains like Bebop and Rocksteady. Up to six players can team up in both campaign mode and arcade mode, with the roster of playable characters encompassing the most famous characters first introduced in the comic books by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. All come with their own unique animations and combat abilities, which helps make each character distinct when the action gets particularly chaotic. Not all characters are immediately playable, however, with TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge players unlocking Casey Jones by completing the main story.
In its current form, the list of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge works great, but there are both obvious and deep candidates that could extend it. Miyamoto Usagi’s Usagi Yojimbo fame is arguably the strongest contender, with Stan Sakai’s bunny ronin having crossed paths with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on several occasions, starting with the 1987 cartoon. Usagi later encountered all four brothers in the 2003 animated series. and 2012 and even appeared in previous TMNT video games – especially those from 2004 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Nexus Battlebased on the 2003 cartoon. His longtime association with turtles – combined with the fact that he first appeared in TMNT in the 80s cartoon – means his presence would lend itself well to TMNT: The Shredder’s RevengeRadiant, nostalgia-filled action, particularly if Tribute has gone so far as to add DLC tiers to complement any potential character introductions.
TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge – Why Usagi Yojimbo’s DLC Needs To Happen
Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most acclaimed comics of all time, with creator Stan Sakai weaving a beautiful anthropomorphic tapestry of a noble ronin and his adventures across feudal Japan. At a glance, it might seem strange that he was chosen to cross paths with the most satirical minds Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but Usagi’s relationship with the Turtles more than justified this decision. Usagi’s cross-dimensional diversions with Leonardo and co. have always been a highlight regardless of incarnation, and it would be great to see that reflected in TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge combo-based gameplay, where he could battle steel with the game’s various enemies. Tribute Games did a great job of making sure each character felt distinct both visually and gameplay-wise, and the Introducing Usagi would add both variety and replayability – especially if he were to be unlocked like Casey Jones.
It is still early for TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, but publisher DotEmu apparently left the door open for DLC. Company CEO Cyrille Imbert mentioned on Twitter that DLC”will depend on many factors“, including the game’s reception and feedback from the game’s community. Usagi is a fan-favorite character and is sure to be verified by others turtles fans are brainstorming potential DLC ideas, so hopefully Tribute gets the opportunity to grow TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge after launch and provide the turtles with another large Usagi Yojimbo crossing.
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Source: Twitter/Cyrille Imbert
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