Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

When the cartoon arrived in Italy and subsequently the film of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, commonly known by us as Ninja Turtles, it was immediately a huge success that brought these funny characters to be present in every home. Initially born in 1984 from the pencil of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic was a parody of Frank Miller’s darker works such as Daredevil and Ronin and although the creators did not place much faith in their project, in America it was a real boom among teenagers. Subsequently, in 1987, the publishing house of the two authors or Mirage Studios, signed a partnership with Playmates Toys to create articulated action figures of the protagonists of their comic and also in this case the success was amazing; the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a gold mine and a blessing for the two authors who also signed a contract for the production of an animated series that expanded the audience, thanks to an even more light-hearted style, even for children.

This series also arrived in Italy with the title “Ninja Turtles to the rescue” and the Italian peninsula was flooded with merchandising: backpacks, action figures, films, clothing, carnival clothes, food, video games, cases … the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began Mania. In the videogame field, thirty titles have been released with the first, with the homonymous title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, released in 1989 for arcade cabinets, developed by Konami and based on the animated series. The title, which will then also be converted for NES and other home computers, gave us the possibility to choose between one of the four ninja turtles, each with their own abilities, and put us in front of a fun and horizontal scrolling beat ’em up. easygoing who managed to capture the attention of all types of players. We arrive at this 2022 where, thanks to Digital Eclipse and Konami, one of the most complete collections on our four turtle friends is published: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection. The title, which represents the shining example of how a collection should be, is available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S / X and Microsoft Windows via Steam and collects the beauty of thirteen titles or : 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: Tournament Fighters (NES), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (SNES), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (Sega Mega Drive), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Sega Mega Drive), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of The Foot Clan (Game Boy), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From The Sewers (Game Boy) and finally Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radi cal Rescue (Game Boy); all the best titles released in the 8-16 bit era.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Collection

All the titles in the collection have not been remastered and still have the same strengths and weaknesses as when they officially released but in four games, and to be exact TMNT (Arcade), TMNT Turtles in Time, TMNT The Hyperstone Heist, TMNT Tournament Fighters, the ability to face them both in local multiplayer and in a very fun online multiplayer has been added. Just started Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection we are greeted by a really well done menu, which is very important in a collection, which immediately brings to the fore the various possible options: Games, Online, Options and Il Covo Delle Tartarughe. I immediately jumped into the games sector which, in full comic style, offers a list of all the titles that we will be able to face with a short preview of the same and the number of possible players; the attention to detail used in creating this collection can also be seen from the change of the joypad icon depending on the game played and the platform for which it was born. I started from the arcade title of 1989, as a great fan, and I must admit that despite the years it is still a great game; before the start of each title you can choose the various options such as setting the starting level, activating the supreme or nightmare mode, removing the penalty bombs, adding extra lives and anything else you can think of. Obviously the various options that can be activated change from title to title except the display options which are all the same and allow you to play the titles with a filter that simulates an LCD, a CRT monitor, a fullscreen or a 4: 3 with a nice frame. Obviously, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection, we will be able to save whenever we want and also rewind the tape to face again a section that we may not be satisfied with; in addition to all this we will be able to freely and completely map the commands and this allows us to customize the joypad to our liking.

For all true fans of ninja turtles, the real gem of this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection, is definitely the Il Covo Delle Turtle mode where we will find lots of goodies and extras. The first glance I gave it to the original packaging and manuals all scanned and viewable from every possible and imaginable angle, a real pleasure for all those who have fully enjoyed the 8-16 bit era and those beautiful cardboard packages that made us rejoice and exalt as well as those internal booklets so well made and which we miss. In addition to the manuals we will find the advertising and catalogs section with all the advertisements published in magazines, catalogs and media kits to relive the golden years of the ninja turtles; a real leap into the purest amarcord. Two other really well proposed sections are those of comics, where we will find covers and images, and that of cartoons where we will find various frames taken from the animated series that we all remember but also from the most recent ones; we can therefore see all the evolution that the ninja turtles have undergone for better or for worse.

Not enough for you yet? But are you never happy? Here is the behind the scenes with everyone but I mean all the sketches of the games both as regards the various characters and the levels and possible actions, practically a close encounter of the third type with the design of those titles that made us suffer as a child. Are you passionate about soundtracks? Here too Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection comes to meet you and offers a very rich jukebox where you can listen to all the songs of all the titles within the collection. One gem after another and here we are also given the strategic guides that in the 90s were essential to discover all the secrets of video games as the internet, for us, was a distant mirage; all the guides are in Italian and they opened me to secrets that even I, who had stripped many of the games on offer, did not know existed. For me Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection is really a collection with counterbows that allows newbies to discover masterpiece games and old people like me to replay titles that have made us grow. The only sore point of the package is the online sector; at the time of my test, in fact, I never managed to play decently thanks to a really unbearable lag and a basic slowness not dependent on my connection and the result of still immature servers. A real shame for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection which really bordered on perfection but which is lost on the proposed novelty which unfortunately affects the final grade, however good

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Collection

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection – Review

PRO

A truly comprehensive collection of 8/16 bit and arcade games!

Il Covo Delle Tartarughe will delight true fans

Very good joypad remapping

VERSUS

Unplayable online … for now!

No big news on titles

8.5

A truly superb collection!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Cowabunga Collection – Review – GameScore