Top 5 Best TMNT Games

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as a comic book series about the heroic deeds of the four anthropomorphic teenage turtles we know as Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Over the decades, the franchise has branched out into several forms of media such as animated series, live action adaptations, toys, and video games. There have been numerous platforms and beat-em-ups that have adopted the TMNT name, some of which are still classics today. With the recent release of Shredder’s Revenge, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the best TMNT games ever played.

Top 5 Best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Games of All Time

TMNT 3: Radical Rescue

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Released in 1993 for the Nintendo Game Boy, Radical Rescue featured a unique play style compared to most other games in the TMNT franchise. Players take on the role of one of four teenage ninjas in a metroidvania-like world. It follows the general narrative of four ninjas trying to stop their nemesis the Shredder. However, players can only play one of the four ninjas at a time. This allows the game to present fun situational challenges as each ninja has their own unique abilities to advance in the game.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus

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Battle Nexus was the second part of a trio of games released for multiple platforms in 2004. It takes the classic beat-em-up brawler play style and brings it to a 3D world. It features a more narrative experience and a multiplayer mode that gives players a single health bar to share, making teamwork essential. Along with that, the shaded image was a nice throwback to the look of the 2003 anime series.

TMNT 3: Manhattan Project

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Released in 1992, The Manhattan Project was developed for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This followed the story of our four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles going on vacation, only to be disturbed by the Shredder’s trouble. The gameplay allowed for a multiplayer mode in which two players could play as one of four Ninja Turtles, each with unique abilities. This allowed players to diversify their gameplay and break away from the usual monotony of the beat-em-up of that era.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist

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The Hyperstone Heist was based on Turtles in Time and released for the Sega Genesis. Even though this game is similar to Turtles in Time, the speed and delivery is what makes this game different from the one it is based on. It has fewer but longer missions than Turtles in Time, a dash button, and more aggressive enemies. While longtime TMNT fans might argue that Turtles in Time is the best version of the two, it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

TMNT: Turtles in Time

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Turtles in Time is a port of the classic arcade game released by Konami in 1992. The story is about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trying to stop the Shredder. In the process, our heroes are stuck in time and must fight to stop Shredder’s army in the past and present. Most longtime fans of the franchise would agree that Time Turtles is the quintessential TMNT video game. From upbeat music to exciting combat and multiplayer, Turtles in Time is at its best. And let’s not forget that you have the ability to launch enemies on your own screen.

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