Release: 1993 Format: Super Nintendo
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters is a game that had three versions. The Sega Mega Drive, The NES and this Super Nintendo version are all different and there own games. This is why I am reviewing them each on there own.
Graphically this game is amazing. There are ten characters for you to pick from. And they all have nice big colourful sprites and are very well animated. But it is all the little details that add up to make this such a great looking game. Back in 1993 I loved when fighting games would have a picture of the character next to the health bar.
The game play is quite simple despite the Super Nintendo controller having six buttons. You only have four attacks. A light and string punch and kick, and of course each character has a variety of special moves at there disposal. You also have a super move meter that will fill up as you battle.
For a fighting game Tournament Fighters on the Super Nintendo packs some serious content. You have your basic tournament mode. This is like Street Fighter where you pick a character and try and win the tournament. Each character has a slightly different story as to why they are in the tournament. This is really cool as it makes beating the game with each character worth while.
As well as this there is also a story mode. The story mode lets you pick from one of the four Ninja Turtles. This again sees you take on other fighters in battle, but there is quite a bit of narrative that moves the story along.
Out of the three versions of this game the Super Nintendo version is the best. It offers amazing graphics, tight game play and a good amount of game modes. This is one of the best tournament fighters on the Super Nintendo. As a mater of fact I would rank it up there with Super Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat II.
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