TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview
I can still remember those Saturday mornings, waking up early to that theme song blasting on the television. Inspired by what my brother and I had just seen on TV, we'd scurry away to our room and turn on the good ol' NES. For hours upon hours we'd be addicted to the power of the game. And by power, I mean Turtle Power.
The highly anticipated Konami release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is vastly approaching. For the first time in years, gamers can once again take on the role of the heroes in a half shell, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello. Packed with arcade style action, TMNT promises all the fun and energy that made the original series a legend.
TMNT boasts a full cast of characters, with all the original villains like Shredder and his foot ninjas. Other characters include Splinter, April O'Neil, Casey Jones, Baxter Stockman and of course, the fabulous four. It utilizes cell-shaded graphics, an involved storyline, and a plethora of unique moves and fighting styles. The game is loosely based on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show that is currently airing on 4Kids Entertainment's FOX BOX on Saturday mornings and features character voices from that show.
The new TMNT features different modes of play and missions set in the streets of New York City and its sewer systems. In Story Mode, as the turtle of your choice, you will fight your way through six different stages and over 30 different levels. In your adventures, you will find scrolls that allow you to unlock different effects and new attacks. This mode allows up to 2 players at a time, so you may want to enlist the help of your friends to help you take on the masses of footmen and the like.
In VS Mode, you get to battle it out one on one with your buddies or take on AI characters. In this mode, you can choose whichever turtle you'd like and you can even see what it's like to be in the shoes of an evil villain. A lot of times, I find that VS Modes are the best way to learn how to use your character and how to execute their many moves as you and your partner both struggle to find which buttons do what. Hopefully, this mode in TMNT will be as helpful and can serve as a sort of practice tool to help you master the game. But any way you look at it, there's nothing more entertaining than kicking your friend's butt in hand to hand combat.
Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles promises arcade style action packed fun for everyone. Finally, gamers young and old will again be able to battle their way across NYC's rooftops and explore underground sewers in the pursuit of evil. TMNT will be available in October 2003 on Playstation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, Game Boy Advance, and PC.
9/23/2003 Kimberly J. Zicopula