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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection Review

While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles haven’t made waves on the big screen since 2016, the franchise as a whole has been growing strong with a new show and brand-new games. Hot on the heels of the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, the series has dipped into its arcade and at-home classics with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection.

Porting many classic titles from the late 80s and early 90s onto modern consoles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection contains a massive amount of gaming history in a single bundle. However, in keeping the classic experience of the games in this collection, some titles show their age without enough improvements to bring them in line with modern releases.
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The crown jewel of the Cowabunga Collection is easily the original TMNT arcade cabinet titles, as well as the SNES port of the second of these two games, Turtles in Time. These specific installments were incredible back then and the same is true now, with improvements like increased enemy density to faster movement speed.

Each entry in the Cowabunga Collection includes an Enhancements Menu that allows players to make changes to the game. In the case of the two arcade titles, these enhancements are incredibly expansive, with a “God Mode” that makes players almost invincible, a “Nightmare Mode” that fills the screen with enemies, and a “Turbo Mode” that increases the speed at which the Ninja Turtles move. Any one of these enhancements can completely transform the game, especially “Nightmare Mode” and the absolute chaos it brings to any playthrough.

Beyond the new enhancements, the most popular titles on the Cowabunga Collection are also among the most influential games of all time. While the individual enjoyment of these games in 2022 will most likely be influenced by personal experience and nostalgia, TMNT: The Arcade Game and Turtles…


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