Wednesday, September 22, 2021

First look at TMNT’s April O’Neil in 'Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl'

April O'Neil Showcase | Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl | GameMill Entertainment

Learn all about April O'Neil's moves and mechanics from the developers behind Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

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Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl developers talk about her design and modernizing her for release

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is on the way, and with it, the antics of a silly cast of Nickelodeon characters duking it out in the fighting arena. Developed by Ludosity and Fair Play Labs, Nickelodeon’s spin on a Super Smash Bros.-style fighting game will feature familiar faces like SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, along with some of Nicktoon’s most popular characters. And with the introduction of so many unconventional fighters comes the opportunity for new ones to enter the fighting arena, including April O’Neil, a star of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Polygon has unveiled a Turtley Awesome first look at her moveset, along with an interview with the developers, which you can watch on

April O’Neil is a journalist and friend to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She first appeared in 1984, in the long-running Mirage Studios TMNT comic series — where she was a computer programmer — before becoming a core supporting character and news reporter in the 1987 animated series. While April was a pants-wearing career woman, whose work seriously helped the Turtles, she wasn’t depicted as an action hero. She was often relegated to the sidelines and fell victim to the tropes of the times. In the cartoon, she’s often kidnapped by enemies, an occurrence so common that someone made a YouTube video of all 87 times she got kidnapped.

For Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, the developers went with the classic 1987 look for April, as well as the other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters. “It’s the one closest to our hearts,” Joel Nyström, CEO of Ludosity, told Polygon via email. But they took a different approach from the original 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,” said Nyström.

You can check out the video for a deeper dive into her attacks, but the team settled on a moveset inspired by her career as a journalist. In the game, she won’t just be throwing punches, but microphones and other AV equipment as well. And she’ll be doing it all in her classic 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,” said Diego Hernández, art director at Fair Play Labs.

Hernández said that it was fun for the team to go back and “give a fresh coat of paint” not only to April but to the entire Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles world with new 3D models. “The most exciting thing was going through all the original TV show episodes and nailing down her look,” Hernández said. “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 only game aiming to revamp April’s original 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 street fighter. She’ll also be using her microphone and television cameras as weapons, in a nod to her classic design.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is coming out Oct. 5 to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

From IGN:

TMNT's April O'Neil enters the arena in this Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl showcase. April is a glass cannon type of fighter, equipped with a unique meter that she can build over the course of a round by landing specific attacks. Spending the meter later results in her attacks dealing significantly more damage. In this gameplay overview, Markus Villalobos from the Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl development team walks us through April's moves and abilities.


April O'Neil's light moveset in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl consist primarily of attacks using her microphone or simple kick moves, while her strong moves upgrade to using her boom mic, notepad and photo camera. Meanwhile, her special attacks showcase a floating blimp and film camera, and her neutral special unlocks her special ratings ability. Any of April's attacks that have a flashing camera will help her accumulate points on a ratings meter, indicated by stars floating around her microphone. She can then use these ratings to deal extra damage in her neutral special, a unique feature that gives her a different flair from other characters. April's stage is called Rooftop Rumble, a city rooftop with a water tower platform and the Channel 6 building in the background. Check out the full list of April's Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl moves below.

Comment Please (light neutral)
Microphone Check (light up)
Sliding Kick (light down)
Aerial Kick (light neutral air)
Spin Kick (light up air)
Heel Kick (light down air)
Close Up (light dash attack)
Overhead Recording (strong neutral)
Take Notes (strong up)
Pose Pose Pose (strong down)
Aerial Overhead Recording (strong neutral air)
Aerial Take Notes (strong up air)
Aerial Pose Pose Pose (strong down air)
Studio Close Up (strong dash attack)
Blimp (up special)
On The Air (down special)
Breaking News (neutral special)
Taunt (pose)


From Game Rant:

April O'Neil's move set revolves around building up "ratings" to deliver a massive killing blow, with the character able to use her camera and microphone to bully opponents. The video describes her as glass cannon, with plenty of high-damage abilities but fewer defensive moves. It seems players will want to focus on using certain attacks to build April's ratings meter, setting up the opportune time to unleash a finisher known as "Breaking News," which can be exceptionally powerful depending on how much power they've amassed. It looks similar to Little Mac's KO punch in Super Smash Bros, with players storing power before releasing a powerful knockout blow.


Originally published: September 22, 2021 at 01:19 BST.

Additional source: The Global Herald.

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