Mike Patton Sings Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song for Arcade Game Reboot
Ask anyone over the age of 30 which of the many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video games is the all-time best, and there should be absolutely no debate: the original arcade version, which debuted in 1989, and was ported to the NES in 1990 under the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game. The side-scrolling classic had excellent responsiveness and just the right amount of difficulty, and it sucked up HOURS of the youth’s time! This youth, anyway.
Now a brand new entry in the series harks back to that era: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, inspired by the classic arcade beat-em-up action, is coming to PC and consoles later this year. And it reimagines the gameplay of the classic franchise entries in all their retro, pixelated glory.
What’s more, it’s got a direct tie-in to metal: Mike Patton, of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, etc. fame, has lent his vocals to the theme song in a trailer for the game, released today.
Patton, a lifelong TMNT fan, offered of the collaboration:
“Working on TMNT was pure pleasure. I channeled my inner ninja spirit to deliver a track worthy of my half-shell brothers! it was an honor to serve them…and finally I made some music my nieces can enjoy!”
According to press copy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge reunites Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello to kick shell in a beautifully realized pixel art world invoking the turtles’ classic 1987 design. Armed with shell-shocking new abilities, the gang are in for an exhilarating, Foot Clan-stomping romp leading them through a breathless tour of iconic TMNT locations and the bustling boroughs of New York City.
You can watch the trailer below, featuring Patton’s vocals, and some gameplay clips towards the end. A release date for the game hasn’t yet been announced.