Turtles in Time: The SNES classic in the retro special

Anyone who has seen the late 80s or early 90s knows them and probably loves them: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or in Europe the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. The four ninja turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Rafael were trained by the mutant rat Splinter and fought in New York against the alien Krang, Fiesling Shredder and its stupid sidekick Bebop and Rocksteady. The comic based but heavily modified cartoon series was such a hit that three live action films with the Turtles followed quickly and of course there were also plenty of video games about the green heroes.







Leo, Donnie, Raf and Mikey also caused a sensation on the Game Boy.



Leo, Donnie, Raf and Mikey also caused a sensation on the Game Boy.

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The Ninja Quartet shone particularly well on Nintendo consoles, because on the NES Konami not only brought out a successful implementation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game, but also two completely different games. The Manhattan Project is particularly noteworthy because it captured the charm of the template. Even on the Game Boy, the Turtles showed their best side in three games. In Fall of the Foot Clan, Back From the Sewers and Radical Rescue, the four fighting brothers also had a lot of fun on the go.

By far the best game for the famous turtles was released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo. Like The Arcade Game, Turtles in Time was a vending machine implementation, but it didn't have to hide from the Arcade original that was released last year. Many gamers actually find the SNES version better.

The console version lacked a few animations, voice samples and the title song "Pizza Power", but the title shone in other areas on the Super Nintendo. Konami used the console's Mode 7 technology to redesign the "Neon Night Riders" level. Here you steered the Turtles from the chase perspective and Shredder's foot soldiers fly towards you. Nowadays, of course, that's not quite as impressive, but at that time the effect knocked us off our feet.







Crusty crust ?: The boss fight against shredders, in which you slam your own minions in front of the bib, is legendary.



Crusty crust ?: The boss fight against shredders, in which you slam your own minions in front of the bib, is legendary.

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In addition, the Super Nintendo version received four new bosses and with the Technodrome even an additional level that enjoys absolute cult status today. In contrast to the arcade version, you can specifically throw opponents out of the screen on the console. You have to use this technique in the Technodrome to defeat Fiesling Shredder who shoots the Turtles out of a tank. A boss fight that was impressive and creative at the time, but still looks extremely cool today.

In contrast to some machine versions, the Super Nintendo was only allowed to compete with the villains together with a buddy instead of in a four-man co-op, but Turtles in Time received a time trial and a versus mode on the SNES. A nice bonus, but most of the time you clearly spent in normal mode, although you can easily play through the ten sections in under 30 minutes.






The Technodrome is only in the Super Nintendo version. The level was not available in the arcade version.



The Technodrome is only in the Super Nintendo version. The level was not available in the arcade version.

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But why is Turtles in Time considered a SNES classic that is often mentioned in the same breath as Super Mario World or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past? Well, it certainly does matter that the brawler or sidescroll beat em up genre was still lively and popular back then. In addition, the Turtles were loved by many children worldwide at the time and the title offered great fan service. But even without pink-red nostalgia glasses, Turtles in Time is a class game that is full of fun.







Shredder and Krang kidnap the Statue of Liberty - of course the Turtles can't let that sit on them.



Shredder and Krang kidnap the Statue of Liberty – of course the Turtles can't let that sit on them.

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The story is wonderfully stupid. Shredder and Krang steal the Statue of Liberty. Simply because they are incredibly evil. The four green boys don't find it so plump and even leave their beloved pizza in order to put an end to the slimy alien and the junk food. However, Shredder traps the Turtles and sends them through time.

For example, the toads fight their way through the Stone Age, a pirate ship or a train in the Wild West, but also travel to the far future. This makes the different stages wonderfully varied, although you usually only run from left to right and beat up Shredder's minions.

However, the brawler gameplay is very well implemented. Again and again new enemies come with other attacks. You don't have too many opportunities to thrash your opponents yourself, but throwing them off the screen or thrashing your comrades with them is just tremendously satisfying. A simple but a lot of fun!
But back to the time travel topic. Turtles in Time already offers great fan service. Characters known from the cartoon series such as Baxter Stockman or Rat King appear as bosses as well as Tokka and Rahzar or Super Shredder from the second film.






Schweini and Nasi should not be missing in the past. Rocksteady and Bebop are traveling as pirates here.



Schweini and Nasi should not be missing in the past. Rocksteady and Bebop are traveling as pirates here.

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The Turtles' time travel is also used to put other well-known villains in a new light. For example, Krang flies around in a small UFO. However, our personal highlight remains the pirate versions of Bebop and Rocksteady. Schweini and Nasi are just as wonderfully incompetent as in the series, but in pirate costumes. This somehow makes them look even funnier and stupid.







Konami used the Mode 7 technology of the SNES to completely redesign a level.



Konami used the Mode 7 technology of the SNES to completely redesign a level.

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But even on the technical side, Turtles in Time convinces even today. The game runs almost always smoothly, even in co-op with many opponents on the screen, the graphics are still pretty and the music is real catchy tune.
No wonder that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles in Time is a classic and can be found in pretty much every Super Nintendo or Brawler best-of list.







TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist recycles many sections, pieces of music and elements from Turtles in Time, but does not quite come close to the class of the SNES game.



TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist recycles many sections, pieces of music and elements from Turtles in Time, but does not quite come close to the class of the SNES game.

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Even the great and well-aged TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist couldn't keep up with the title. However, the SNES title was a bit more creative, offered more memorable moments and also steered itself more precisely. Nevertheless, we also recommend The Hyperstone Heist as a retro tip.

Turtles in Time should be a little higher on your catch-up retro list if you have one. The SNES classic was terrific at the time, but it still convinces with humor, great presentation, creative ideas and simple but fun gameplay. Anyway, we're going to have a pizza with anchovies and marshmallows. Cowabunga!

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