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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection | Overview – Dive into the 90s

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This is the year of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles renaissance, at least as far as video games are concerned. Just a couple of months ago we told you how well it was done Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revengea title that manages to update the formula of classic fighting games of the past in an excellent way, without forgetting the connection to the titles that inspired it.

And today we’re here to talk to you about that past, the video game past of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. August 30 will arrive there Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collectiona collection of numerous great classics, released in the early 90s and dedicated to the famous cartoon of the time.

We have finally played the names of the collection and are ready to tell you about it, mentally transporting ourselves to those afternoons of the early 90s, when the cartoon about ninja turtles reigned supreme on television, to its golden age. .

13 video games from the past

Collection Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection (already available on Amazon for different consoles) consists of bin 13 games released on all major platforms in the early 90s.

They range from the legendary NES to its successor Super Nintendo, not to mention the legendary Game Boy. However, there are also images for the Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis in America) and arcades. For accuracy, we list all the names present:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fight Tournament (NES)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Super Nintendo)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fight Tournament (Super Nintendo)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist (Sega Genesis)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fight Tournament (Sega Genesis)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (Gameboy)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Return from the Sewers (Gameboy)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (Gameboy)

A truly incredible collection for the size and importance of the games featured.

Usually so-called cutsthat is, names taken from films or, in this case, from cartoons, are not respected because they are often low quality products made for the sole purpose of attracting customers by using a well-known brand name.

However, this does not apply to Ninja Turtle games.because the quality of these 13 games was already very high at the time of their release, so high that some, such as for example Turtles in timeis still remembered as a great classic of its genre.

All titles in the collection were created Konamiwhen it was still focused on making good games, given that the Japanese software maker owned the video game rights to the Ninja Turtles franchise.

Some games are made by Ultra Games, but it’s actually an American label, Konami, created for bypass nintendo lock which, in the days of its 8-bit console, forced third parties to publish a maximum of five games a year.

Names present in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection range between different genres. We have dominance of scrollable fighting gameswith classics such as the original Arcade and Turtles in time (present in both Arcade and Super Nintendo versions). Both games are still a lot of fun to play, especially with a group, as they are some of the most successful side-scrolling fighting games of the time.

If you have played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revengebut you never got a chance to try Turtles in time and other games like this one present in the collection, you will be able to find out all the quotes and mechanics that the developers of Tribute Games have taken, updated and inserted into their game.

Turtles in Time is one of the most famous games in the collection, featuring both an arcade version and a Super Nintendo version.

Then there is three fighting games in matchesthat is three versions Tournament of fighters which, despite having the same name, are actually three very different games.

The best version to make history is the Super Nintendo version.but it’s also interesting to try a Mega Drive game with very different mechanics and characters, as well as an NES version which, when viewed in the context of its historical period, is one of the most advanced fighting games on the 8-bit Nintendo console and is still today more than nice.

Then they close the collection various action platformsas a trilogy released on the Game Boy, graphically very well done for the black-and-white era of Nintendo laptops, and Turtle for the NES, which is still remembered for its infamous level of immersion.

Obviously we can’t rate these 13 titles at current fees: their playability is the daughter of the 90stherefore with greater difficulty, also due to wooden commands and movements, not always very precise, but if we consider everything in relation to its time we will have a respectable collection with titles ranging from good to excellent.

Fortunately, a compilation created by Konami in collaboration with the developers digital eclipsecaters to modern gamers with multiple options optimize outdated gameplay. In fact, each heading will have one quick save and load function which will allow you to save the game at any time.

In addition, by pressing a button (in our case, L1 on PS5), you can rewind game actions go back for a few seconds to correct any mistake. This option will real good when you come across games where one wrong jump will be enough to restart the level, and trust us when we tell you that this will happen very often.

The meetings will also feature fighting games, in this case represented by three incarnations of tournament fighters.

There are also options that can be activated before launching one of the games: basically dear old cheat codes. They let you choose a level to start with, have infinite lives or damage reduction, and more. However, not all games have the same options, and in some you will have to fend for yourself.

Another interesting tool that helps players is Spectator Mode, is present in every collection name. By launching this option, a movie will start that will show us the game in question, played from start to finish to perfection and without any damage: very useful if you want to find the perfect strategy against the boss.

The best thing about this option is that at any time, with the press of a button, it will be possible to play back from where the video appeared, thus switching from the role of a spectator to the role of real players.

Among other options present, we will have the option change the version of each game from US to Japanese to reassign teams and access a strategy guide with several tips and videos for each title.

Rocksteady and Bebop will obviously be recurring bosses for many of the games in the collection.

All games in the collection are not very long-lived: they range from an hour to a maximum of about three hours of play for one title, although a lot depends on the player’s skills, but given that there are 13 games, they will be guaranteed at least 20 to 30 hours of fun in total – not forgetting that many games can be played and replayed in multiplayer, which will obviously further increase the overall lifespan.

Encyclopedia of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Speaking of multiplayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection (which you can already find on Amazon for all consoles) will be there the ability to play online up to four games, and many more will support local multiplayer.

Unfortunately, during our test, we didn’t get a chance to test this feature well due to not having enough players on the servers, as the title hasn’t been officially released yet.

Several video options will be available, some of which mimic old CRT TVs for total nostalgia.

Another aspect of the collection that surprised us is the option present in the main menu called turtle lair. inside will real encyclopedia about four mutant green turtles.

Here you’ll find all the original manuals for each of the featured games, high-quality scanned packages, preparatory sketches and sketches for the creation of each of the games, advertisements in video game magazines of the time, music, covers of original comics, cartoon screenshots, and much more.

Fans of the series will literally spend hours studying this collection, which contains unreleased and never-before-seen goodies.

The Turtle Lair contains an incredible amount of game material from the collection.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection also represents different video options:up will be able to keep the original resolution, while the image will be scaled down and beautified with turtle-covered edges for an effect that is very reminiscent of old cabinets; alternatively, you can choose a more generous resolution, even in full screen mode.

You can also use the gods filters which will bring moving images closer to the aesthetics of old cathode tube televisions or, alternatively, in LCD format. Thus, the most nostalgic players will be able to truly plunge into the past, remembering the atmosphere of the early 90s.

Finally, note that the names fully translated into Italian as for the game manuals and all the additional options (the games obviously remain in English or Japanese, depending on the version chosen).

Reviewed Version: PS5