Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is coming with a massive retro collection which is vast and hotly anticipated. This time it will redefine how retro compilations are looked at and made. We’re talking about Konami’s TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection, which is all set to drop on August 30th 2022, on all major platforms.
We have seen the new interface with some gameplay visuals from a recent leak, and we are pretty impressed with how developers polished these older games into great content.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are four anthropomorphic young turtles nicknamed after Renaissance Italian artisans. Kevin Eastman with Peter Laird developed them in 1984 for world-renowned comic book publishers IDW Publishing. Rat Sensei, another famous character of the series, taught these turtles the skill of ninjutsu.
In 1992 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise was launched by Konami with their first arcade game titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game, which was released in arcades around the world but also later ported to consoles such as Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Super NES. The game consists of four levels, each with its unique boss battle, which includes Shredder himself and his Soldier army, which they must defeat at all costs.
Later, Atari released an official sequel called “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles IV: Turtles in Time,” which featured new artwork created by Kevin Eastman and additional gameplay elements.
The Cowabunga Collection is a lovely compilation of thirteen legendary Konami TMNT games from the 8-bit, 16-bit, and arcade eras. Digital Eclipse developed this brand new collection, and they are no strangers to retro compilations. They’ve done stuff like the Mega Man Legacy Collection, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Compilation, and The Disney Collection, so they are the best in producing quality.
The love, devotion, dedication, and fan service they have put into the Cowabunga Collection will set the standard.
TMNT Cowabunga Collection: Remastered Features
The Cowabunga Collection revealed a one-of-a-kind opportunity to play these tremendously popular and exciting titles, including a superb set of brand-new features.
Like any good retro compilation in the modern era, this collection includes little quality-of-life features like save states and rewind features, button remapping, and even enhancements for some of the games.
What’s cool about this is players get to play the Japanese versions of eleven out of thirteen games; the only two games that were never released in Japan were the original TMNT Arcade game and tournament fighters from 89 and 93.
The Watch Mode is the most exciting feature in terms of quality of life. This feature allows the player to never face trouble in a speed-run version in any one of the games. This speed-run version takes virtually no damage and looks at the strategies for getting past certain bosses and complex areas. Still, you can get back into the game at the top of a button and take over where you left off.
The top-of-the-line feature is the in-game Nintendo power strategy guide, which is full color. Even within the strategy guide, it’ll tell the player how to get past certain difficult moments and include little watch-along clips. Talking about this feature, we can say that the developers had a genuine love for these classic games.
The game is also going to have an in-game museum which is in the turtle’s lair. The museum has a whole bunch of cool stuff, including unseen development art, sketches, design materials, promotional materials, and original ads we would have seen in the video game magazines, some comic book covers from the 1987 series.
The bundle contains video games modeled on the figures and ideas of The TMNT, a children’s television show and comic book franchise from the 1980s. The game frequently actions inside fictitious NY City, in sewers, inside future enemy bases, and throughout time!
The Cowabunga Collection will contain the following games.
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles* (Arcade)
• TMNT: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
• TMNT (N)
• TMNT II: The Arcade Game (N)
• TMNT III: The Manhattan Project (N)
• TMNT: Tournament Fighters (N)
• TMNT IV: Turtles in Time (SN)
• TMNT: Tournament Fighters* (SN)
• TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist* (SG)
• TMNT: Tournament Fighters (SG)
• TMNT: Fall of The Foot Clan (GB)
• TMNT II: Back From The Sewers (GB)
• TMNT III: Radical Rescue (GB)
Konami’s Cowabunga Bundle is impressive and contains a long list of 13 classic games, a tremendous value of $39.99. Digital Eclipse is the leader of retro compilations. They are just pushing it even further with this incredible compilation.
The Cowabunga Collection is exciting and a must-have for TMNT fans. The title has a heavy amount of content. The cherry on top is an affordable price tag that should make it an easy purchase for most.
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