It started as a black and white comic book that didn’t shy away from violence. Then it became a colorful cartoon show followed by a colossal merchandising push. Finally, we got a gritty live-action adaptation and eventual obsolescence, only to be revived in the 2000s. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have managed to hold on to relevancy since.
Somehow, the franchise renewed itself repeatedly, which has finally led to Konami giving us a collection of the franchise’s best video games for only $39.99. This year, we’ll be getting the Cowabunga Collection, a physical and digital release of 13 games in total. These games include Arcade and console releases. Even the Game Boy Turtles titles are included!
Of course, such a collection would also include a Limited Edition, and Konami didn’t disappoint. The Collector’s Set is differentiated by featuring new artwork from Kevin Eastman. It’s not a steel case, though. However, for $149.99, you’ll get a lot of physical goods and not just a forgettable artbook like with other games.
Here’s what the Collection comes with:
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Super Nintendo)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Super Nintendo)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (Sega Genesis)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Sega Genesis)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of The Foot Clan (Game Boy)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From The Sewers (Game Boy)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (Game Boy)
And this is a list of all the stuff that will be included with the Limited Edition:
- Physical copy of the game with original box design by Kevin Eastman
- Cloth poster featuring Kevin Eastman’s adaptation of TMNT: Turtles in Time (16” by 24”)
- Multi-layer acrylic diorama of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo (4.5” by 5”)
- Enamel pin set of five classic designs – The Technodrome, Turtle Blimp, Party Wagon, Shredder and Krang
- Set of 12 translucent comic style character trading cards based on TMNT: Tournament Fighters with rarely seen appearances from Wingnut, Armaggon, Chrome Dome, War, Aska, Karai and more (3” by 5”)
- Full color artbook with 180 pages featuring a chapter dedicated to each of the 13 games in the compilation (5.5” by 8”)
An official release date is still up in the air. However, regular and LE collections listings have shown up on retailers like Best Buy.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection assembles thirteen classic TMNT games by KONAMI in one incredible package. This collection provides a unique opportunity for gamers to experience these immensely popular and very influential games on modern consoles and includes a fantastic set of new quality of life features. The games are based on the characters and themes based on the 80’s children’s cartoon and comic book series, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The game often takes place in a fictionalized New York City, in the sewers, inside futuristic enemy bases and even across time itself!
While this collection is pretty sweet, it’s missing the PC versions of the games. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an NES when I was a kid. So, I had to make do with the C64 ports of these games. It would have been cool if the collection included some Amiga or Commodore versions. Oh, well.
Let us know what you think about this assortment of TMNT games in the comments section below.
[Source: Best Buy] [Source: Konami]