Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters Release: 1994 Format: Nintendo Entertainment System
How crazy is it that in 1994 the good ol NES was still getting games ported to it? This bad boy came out a little later than its 16-bit big brothers and it is quite rare these days for a few reasons. First of all the NES is not home to many 1 on 1 fighters like this. Secondly it was the last game to feature the Ninja Turtles to appear on the console and lastly it was not made in huge quantities.
This is a great looking game. Of course its nothing like the Super Nintendo or Mega Drive version. But this does the NES very proud. The characters all look good and so do the levels. The levels surprisingly have quit a good amount of detail in them. Sadly the game is prone to some bad flicker here and there, but it never spoils the game.
The story mode here is pretty good. I would say better than the Mega Drive version. You pick one of the Turtles and then you must battle each of your brothers (including a clone of your self) to see who is worthy of being the one to take on the Shredder. There are a decent selection of characters and there of course is the two player mode. And you have a mode where you can practice as well.
The game play is pretty solid and I would personally say this is the best tournament fighter on the NES. Having two buttons is no more limited than what the Mega Drive offered. And one cool thing is the way that Splinter will drop power ups onto the fights.
In all this is somewhat of a under rated, unknown, and ignored gem on the NES.
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