The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are just another staple of geek culture. They've been around for years, entertaining kids of all ages. When you think of the TMNT, you think of rad action, tubular comedy, and pizza! All the stuff that show's that the Turtles were clearly meant for children...and surfer dudes.
Which is why it may come as a shock for you to hear that PlatinumGames and Activision are making an M-rated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action video game!
Yes, the Turtles are getting an M-rated videogame! A recent rating by the Australian Classifications Board has revealed that a new game, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan, is in the works.
While the name may sound like another kid-friendly action-comedy adventure starring everyone's favorite butt-kicking, pizza-devouring turtles, its rating may prove otherwise.
I know what you're thinking. How could anyone possibly take something like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a kids property, and turn it into an adult videogame?! That'd be like taking Spongebob Squarepants and putting him into an R-rated action/thriller set in Sin City—just not normal! But actually, an M-rated Turtles game makes total sense.
See, while the Turtles are super kid-friendly now, not a lot of kids today know that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles used to be violent. And I don't mean just a little more violent then they are today, I mean INCREDIBLY violent! I'm talking blood, gore, and curse words galore!
The Turtles started off in a black-and-white gritty style comic, and in it, they actually used those weapons they always carry around. That's right, rather than smack people with the blunt end of his sharp swords, Leonardo would actually stab people with them!
It's still odd for me to see this old comic, and then take a look at how the TMNT turned out today. But regardless of their current kid-friendly status, it isn't impossible for the Turtles to get an M-rated adventure.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are superheroes. And like other superheroes, they can be presented several ways across several different mediums. Think of it like Batman Begins and Lego Batman- both exist, and one is more kid-friendly than the other, but both star Batman.
So fret not loyal TMNT fans! Whether you love the Turtles when they're violent, or if you prefer their pizza-lovin' incarnation, there's a version for everyone! So when this new game comes out, don't be too surprised if you see Raphael using those Sai for more than just display...
However, it is worth noting that it looks like this game has been rated M in Australia, which is a little different from the US version of M. An M-rating in Australia means that the game is recommended for ages 15 and older. So the game might not be as violent as you're imagining.
Then again, the game is still M-rated, for "violence and online activity". So even though it might not super violent, it will probably be violent nonetheless. Avert your eyes children!
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