A Closer Look at TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection

Whoa, cowabunga dudes! Did the new release make a whole load of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans as happy as Michaelangelo when he gets his hands on a slice of pizza? Though, we’re not going to talk about TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, which was released on both PC and consoles last June 16, 2022. Instead, we’re focusing on the fantastic recent news, that nearly all the old Turtles’ retro games are being compiled into one amazing collection and being released onto PC and consoles!

TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection is going to feature a massive thirteen Konami TMNT games from yesteryear stacked altogether for the first time. These legendary games were originally released in the ’80s and 90’s on consoles as varied as the NES, the SNES, the Game Boy, the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), and arcade machines. Having them all playable on one game, then, will be a definite must-buy for a rush of hero-in-a-half-shell nostalgia. The game hasn’t had a release date confirmed yet though, although it has been made available to pre-order, so hopefully, it will be later this year.

Let’s take a closer look at our pick of the three games in the collection that we’re most looking forward to playing again.

TMNT: Turtles in Time

This side-scrolling, cooperative fighter, burst into arcades in 1991, and soon had thousands of kids crowding around the electronic cabinets, waiting for their turn to become one of the radical four. The game’s story had the Turtles being in the Shredder’s time-traveling portal, and this made for some fantastic settings for levels. Some of the standouts include a Stone Age level, where the Turtles can ride on dinosaurs, and also a trip to the Wild West, complete with cowboy hat-wearing Foot-Soldiers.

As the game allows for four players, it will be brilliant fun in the upcoming release to be able to play with three other buddies over the internet, as you try to take down Shredder. Plus, because this release will be graphically updated, there won’t be the screen-lagging that the original struggled with when there’s too much chaos on screen. We can’t wait to play this through in one smooth go.

TMNT: Tournament Fighters

If there’s one thing the Turtles know how to do (besides eat pizza), it’s fight. After all, that is what the ninja in their name is there for, reflecting their expertise in martial arts. Konami must’ve noticed this back in the early nineties, and realized that they had the perfect characters for a beat-em-up game. They then produced TMNT: Tournament Fighters, which was originally released in 1993, for the NES, the SNES, and the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive.)

The game pitted characters from the franchise against each other in a winner-takes-all fighting competition, obviously taking huge inspiration from the Street Fighter series that had then exploded in popularity. It was exhilarating getting to square the Turtles off in battle, and finally, the many childhood arguments about which member would win in a fight could brutally be put to the test.

An exciting development for this upcoming version is the promise of online play, meaning that this could see TMNT: Tournament Fighters becoming a hugely popular title for Esports players, as they revel in exciting fighting games. Esports are building in popularity, and are now even a big draw for bettors.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This 1989 NES release was the first Turtles game, suitably just called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This 8-bit side-scrolling, the action-platform game sold amazingly well, with eager fans of the cartoon delighted at the prospect of taking control of their new heroes. However, the game quickly became infamous for being ridiculously difficult. We’re talking jumps that seemed almost impossible, tricky timed underwater levels, and a half-open world game that had you seriously confused about where to actually go.

So, it will be with real tenacity that many will return to this game, as now with the use of internet guides, those who fell at the many hurdles originally will hopefully be able to soar over them and complete this punishing game once and for all. Think how therapeutic it will be, finally banishing over thirty years of gaming pain. Now, that’s Turtle power.

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