Only a few months after the release of the excellent Shredder’s Revenge, the Ninja Turtles license is already back with this time a compilation of all the games released in arcades and on consoles.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans have been asking for this compilation for years. Certain titles had certainly been entitled to ports on several consoles, but until now, Konami had never made the effort to offer a complete version. It’s now done with the Cowabunga Collection which brings together 13 Ninja Turtles games. Be careful though, because there are several repetitions here, Digital Eclipse offering several versions of the same titles, with Arcade and Japanese editions of certain titles. It will actually take six different titles, which is already not that bad.
For die-hard fans, this compilation is real godsend, especially since we find not only the arcade classics but also the nomadic versions in black and white, and a lot of bonuses, which range from images from animated series to comic book covers and vintage artwork. The Cowabunga Collection does things very well. We regret, however, that the price of this compilation is so high and that certain bonuses (in particular, the visuals taken from the animated series) are so uninteresting.
For ordinary mortals, this compilation will be above all an opportunity to get their hands on the TMNT quadrilogy, namely, TMNT, TMNT 2 The Arcade Game, TMNT 3 The Manhattan Project, and TMNT 4 Turtles in Time. The latter is undoubtedly the most striking title of the compilation, but also the one that has aged the best. We also find a curiosity with the fighting game “Tournament Fighters”
If we find one or two fighting games in 1 against 1, it is mainly here a compilation of beat them all, in the line of Golden Ax and other Streets of Rage. Games designed for cooperation with two or four players, with very simple gameplay, but with high difficulty.
To allow younger generations to take advantage of it, Digital Eclipse has added several accessibility functions: the rewind function to avoid a fateful blow but also unlimited backups. Button Mapping is also on the program for purists.
Even better, four titles benefit from online functions. These are TMNT, TMNT 4, TMNT Tournament Fighters and Hyperstone Heist. Of course, we can regret that this is not the case for all the games, but it is still a nice bonus.
Clearly, given its price, this compilation is primarily aimed at purists and early fans of the franchise. The others will have every interest in turning to the excellent Shredder’s Revenge, a much more modern and visually successful title, which has brilliantly revived the franchise.
Fans dreamed of it, Konami did it. The Japanese publisher gives us a compilation of all the Ninja Turtles games released in arcades and on consoles. In total, this represents no less than 13 games, in reality however there are several duplicates with the arcade, nomadic and Japanese versions. The beat them all is in the spotlight with the TMNT quadrilogy, but there are also some fighting games. Overall, this compilation is primarily aimed at fans of the franchise. There are bonuses galore and it must be admitted, Digital Eclipse has pulled out all the stops to make an impression with an ultra-complete compilation. For newcomers, a few accessibility options are also offered, with unlimited saves and a rewind option. We will however tend to advise the youngest to start first in the excellent Shredder’s Revenge, released a few months ago, before diving back into these classics.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
WE love :
Some excellent pickaxes including “Turtles in Time”
A tasty compilation
A nice finish
Unlimited backups and the rewind function
We like less:
Bonuses that lack interest
Menus that are too sober
A bit expensive though
Some episodes have aged badly