Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is on the way in which, and with it, the antics of a foolish forged of Nickelodeon characters duking it out within the combating enviornment. Developed by Ludosity and Fair Play Labs, Nickelodeon’s spin on a Super Smash Bros.-style combating game will characteristic acquainted faces like SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, together with a few of Nicktoon’s hottest characters. And with the introduction of so many unconventional fighters comes the chance for brand new ones to enter the combating enviornment, together with April O’Neil, a star of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Polygon has an unique first look at her moveset, together with an interview with the builders.
April O’Neil is a journalist and buddy to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She first appeared in 1984, within the long-running Mirage Studios TMNT comedian sequence — the place she was a pc programmer — earlier than changing into a core supporting character and information reporter within the 1987 animated sequence. While April was a pants-wearing profession lady, whose work severely helped the Turtles, she wasn’t depicted as an motion hero. She was usually relegated to the sidelines and fell sufferer to the tropes of the occasions. In the cartoon, she’s usually kidnapped by enemies, an prevalence so frequent that somebody made a YouTube video of all 87 times she got kidnapped.
For Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, the builders went with the traditional 1987 look for April, in addition to the opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters. “It’s the one closest to our hearts,” Joel Nyström, CEO of Ludosity, informed Polygon by way of e-mail. But they took a distinct strategy from the unique comics and cartoons by bringing her onto the roster as a bonafide fighter.
“We didn’t want to make her a damsel in distress, we wanted her to be very capable and kick butt,” mentioned Nyström.
You can try the video for a deeper dive into her assaults, however the staff settled on a moveset impressed by her profession as a journalist. In the game, she gained’t simply be throwing punches, however microphones and different AV tools as effectively. And she’ll be doing all of it in her traditional yellow jumpsuit.
“We know April isn’t a martial arts expert like her turtle friends, so we wanted to give her all sorts of retro recording equipment which are completely inspired by the same props you would see in the show,” mentioned Diego Hernández, artwork director at Fair Play Labs.
Hernández mentioned that it was enjoyable for the staff to return and “give a fresh coat of paint” not solely to April however to all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles world with new 3D fashions. “The most exciting thing was going through all the original TV show episodes and nailing down her look,” Hernández mentioned. “Back in the day, animators had a lot of freedom and her appearance could change quite a bit from one episode to the other.”
This isn’t the one game aiming to revamp April’s authentic design. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a retro-styled, four-player, co-op beat-’em-up being developed by Tribute Games, is reimagining her as a avenue fighter. She’ll even be utilizing her microphone and tv cameras as weapons, in a nod to her traditional design.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is popping out Oct. 5 to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.