Right now, my 6 year old son and I are re-watching the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon bit by bit. The show starts incredibly strong with a first season that is basically a mini-series origin story that is way better than it has any right to be. After that, season 2 keeps incredibly strong and now I'm in season 3 which is where the shows writing, animation and such starts to really wane. It's a great show still, but the quality has backed off considerably and even many of the original voices of the Turtles change from episode to episode. This original cartoon show was the base for how we look at the Ninja Turtles now and nearly all the games in the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection pack of classic Turtles games.

The Cowabunga Collection features 13 classic Turtles games but for the sake of this review, I've only really focused on two games. The original Ninja Turtles arcade game and the Capcom NES Ninja Turtles game. To me, both are retro classics and the NES game being hard as hell and the arcade game being of the best brawlers of all time that served as the base for last years Shredders Revenge.

Firstly, the presentation of the Cowabunga Collection is top notch. Each game is easy to flip through on the main menu, I just wish the game had the system the game was from listed with the game. For instance, there are two versions of Turtles in Time for the Arcade and SNES. I get that the 4 player version is the Arcade version but a tag saying that could help clean up any confusion.

The emulation used is perfect and I noticed no input delay or lag when I played the game. In playing the original Capcom Ninja Turtles NES game, the emulation keeps the original NES lag when they are too many enemies on the screen and they also offer an option to hack the game to fix all of that. That said, the games feel perfect and that's not something we can always get with these re-releases.

I picked up the Cowabunga Collection on Switch and X-Box and so far I've only played it on Switch and it's damn near perfection. Getting these classic games collected all in one place is really awesome if you want to re-live these with friends and don't have 50 bucks in quarters and a local arcade handy. Now if they just release all the old Simpsons games on one pack, including the Arcade game I think I'll be all set.

AzureAzule   Super Member wrote on 01/16/2023 at 04:52am

Thank you for inadvertently clearing up some confusion I didn't realize I had until now. You helped me remember that this is different than Shredder's Revenge. Now that that's cleared up, I got it back on my wish list. LOL

I grew up watching TMNT, I was around 9 I think. This was also about the same time when I got into Nintendo, since my cousin had an NES and we both eventually had Gameboys. I played the original TMNT NES game briefly while I could. I found it for PC in '95, but didn't get it. I had the Gameboy game instead.

I'm glad it sounds like the collection is good. I look forward to getting it sometime.

There is recent TMNT content AFAIK. There's a newer movie I believe I'm aware of, but haven't seen yet. It's on my 2 page double-spaced "to-watch" list. I think there maybe more on the way, too.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/16/2023 at 05:53am

I tried the first Turtles Gameboy game for a minute and it was WAY better than I thought it would be. Going to come back and play it again.

AzureAzule   Super Member wrote on 01/16/2023 at 07:08am

I remember Shell Shock too well. LOL

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/16/2023 at 06:55pm
jaelte wrote on 01/21/2023 at 07:09am

I played the original arcade as much as I could when I was a kid. I even briefly remember joining a "secret" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles club in third grade and in order to join I had to tell them who the first boss of that (brand new) game was.
I never owned the NES game, but I know I rented it a few times. I also know I owned the Tournament Fighters game for SNES, but I can't find it now. It either got lost in a move in college or is buried somewhere at my mom's house.
Anyway, thank you for the hit of nostalgia. Maybe I'll pick up for PC.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/24/2023 at 02:19am

SECRET CLUB? That’s pretty incredible. Bebop?

jaelte wrote on 01/28/2023 at 04:24am

Indeed. Those were the days.
Rocksteady. :)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/29/2023 at 06:14pm

I always confused them. Too bad I wouldn't be able to get in to the club.

AzureAzule   Super Member wrote on 01/29/2023 at 07:21pm

So, I mentioned a "new" movie. Turns out it's for a series. Both are called Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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