Cowabunga! With a movie (please of please do not suck like the 2014 one) and a new action game from the folks who did the Bayonetta series, it looks like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) franchise is starting to be on a roll. Okay, maybe not as grand a roll as its heyday back in the late 80s and early 90s, but it’s noticeable.
In case you didn’t know, the TMNT had A LOT and we do mean A LOT of video games that was released. So many in fact, that we decided maybe we’d just pick the best and the worst lot of them.
So let us radical heroes in no-shells tell you which games were “Let’s Kick Shell”-worthy and which ones would give you shellshock at the mere sight of its cartridge or disc form.
Let’s start with the good; our picks for the top five TMNT games.
5. TMNT III: Radical Rescue
Did anyone asked for a Metroidvania-style game on their Game Boys featuring heroes-in-a-half-shell? No one? Really?!? It was a dang shame that whole indie fad didn’t pop its head out during the mid-90s, otherwise TMNT III: Radical Rescue would have gotten the attention it deserved.
The game was an early attempt at a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night-style action adventure even before that inspiration came out. This Ninja Turtle fare gave each of the brothers special abilities (Michelangelo could fly, Leonardo spun to dig downwards, etc.) to open up sections of an open world bit by bit to kick Shredder’s butt. It looked and sounded great even for a Game Boy title. There were lots of secrets and challenges tucked within each corner of the game world, and it was easy just to jump in and continue from where you left off thanks to the password system.