A new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie is upon us. Theres been a long of talk about their new look, but long time fans will always remember the originals. Can you believe its been over 20 years?
Prima Games is here to celebrate all this TMNT madness with a nostalgic list of the 10 Best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Video Games of the 90's.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES)
While not as impressive as the aforementioned arcade counterpart, with two-player co-op (instead of four) and slightly watered-down visuals, TMNT II: The Arcade Game is a worthwhile port for NES fans. Most of the arcade action remains intact, and Ultra Games (a label Konami used to publish additional NES titles per year) even went as far as to add two bonus stages for players to enjoy. One has you fighting your way through a dojo, only to contend with a robot samurai; and the other turns New York into a Winter Wonderland, where a tough polar bear named Tora holds court. This one's worth tracking down if you're up for nostalgia. Just keep your cool when it comes time to pick up the pizza to replenish your health. We got into plenty of fights with friends over who nabbed this precious item.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES)
In this completely original beat-em-up, Leonardo and company try to undo a heinous plot by the Shredder, who takes the island of Manhattan and sends it flying into the sky. This two-player game has a lot in common with the Arcade Game NES port, although it includes a new hoist maneuver where you throw enemies over your shoulder by holding down and hitting the attack button; this works best with Donatello and his long reach, especially against such familiar bosses as Leatherhead and, obviously, Shredder. In addition, the game features plenty of variety with its stage design. You actually start on the beach, where the Turtles were vacationing (out in the open, at that), and work your way through New York before flying to the airborne Manhattan in your Turtle Blimp.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (Game Boy)
Most of Konami's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adventures on Game Boy were lacking, with a limited number of stages and simple graphics. The company got it right the first time around, though, with Fall of the Foot Clan, a simple yet enjoyable side-scrolling affair where you choose one of the four available Turtles and hack and slash your way through Foot Clan soldiers, Mousers and other enemies. You'll also have to deal with various bosses, including Baxter Stockman (in fly mode) and Krang in his giant robo-suit. Definitely one of the best ways to enjoy some TMNT on the go.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time (SNES)
Clearly one of the best arcade-to-home ports to arrive on the SNES, Turtles In Time found a welcome home for beat-em-up fans. Even with only two-player support (compared to the arcade's four), this port still delivered on several counts. First, the variety of bosses you faced off against were terrific, including the returning Bebop and Rocksteady, who hold court on a pirate ship while dressed in humorous get-ups. Second, the Mode 7 effects were superb, especially when you hurled enemies at the screen; you'll need to use this tactic to defeat Shredder in the Technodrome stage. Finally, all of the other arcade content is intact, like battling Pizza Monsters and contending with the powerful Super Shredder. It's a terrific game.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball (Arcade)
Data East's early 90s pinball table run is considered one of the best for the company; it also produced other classics, like Lethal Weapon 3 and Star Wars. Its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles table is true to the theme of the heroes, featuring a variety of characters and scenarios where you tussle with the Foot Clan and the evil Shredder by shooting your way through a series of rounds. Featuring an LED screen with plenty of Turtle action (yes, including pizza) and lots of voice samples (even with the occasional overuse of the word "dude"), this pinball game is worth tracking down.
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