Best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Games on Nintendo Consoles

Picture: Konami

Dotemu and Tribute Games’ excellent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge recently reignited our passion for half-shell heroes in a way we haven’t felt in a long time. With the impending release of Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, we’re preparing to drown in another one wave of excitement and nostalgia very soon.

With so many TMNT games coming to Nintendo consoles over the years, it’s hard to know exactly where to start, let alone which Ninja Turtle (or hero Turtle in the UK) to choose from once you’ve picked a game. So to help you sort them all out, we asked you lovely Nintendo Life readers to rate the Turtles games you’ve played and let us know. help rank every TMNT game on Nintendo consoles – and the results are below.

Remember: the order below is updated in real time based on user ratings for each game in the Nintendo Life games database. Even reading this, it is entirely possible to influence the ranking below. If you haven’t rated your favorites yet, just click the ‘star’ on the game you want to review below and assign a score now.

And what about Konami’s aforementioned Cowabunga collection? We’ll add that once you’ve had a chance to try it out, but as a compilation made up of many of the best games on the list below, we hope this helps you decide what to play first once the game launches.

So, ready to eat some delicious pizza down the drain? Grab your colorful eye mask of choice and let’s give the Foot Clan a sonic kick…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

Editor: Activision / Developer: magic pockets

Release date: July 23, 2014 (UNITED STATES) / July 23, 2014 (UK/EU)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (also known as “Ninja Turtles”, to avoid confusion with the 2013 3DS game) is an isometric action game based on the 2014 film of the same name produced by Michael Bay. You can play as one of four turts, each with their own special ability – tank, healer, mage, thief.

Fun fact: Danny Woodburn, who voiced Splinter in the 2014 reboot, reprized his role in that game.

TMNT (DS)

TMNT (DS)

Editor: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Release date: March 20, 2007 (UNITED STATES)

This game created by Ubisoft and based on the 2007 film takes inspiration from Prince of Persia with its acrobatic rooftop platform, as well as the usual choice to “play as any of the turtles”. Released on almost all platforms at the time, the PSP version and the DS version have obviously been considerably downgraded to meet the requirements of portable consoles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

Editor: Activision

Release date: October 22, 2013 (UNITED STATES) / October 25, 2013 (UK/EU)

True to classic TMNT-style gameplay and atmosphere, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an energetic beat ’em up with character upgrades, side items, and multiple game modes. It tells a Turt-tastic story through scenes cut in the style of the anime television reboot and handles the source material with care. However, with often shallow and quickly repetitive gameplay, it failed to reach the heights of retro TMNT games.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (DS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (DS)

Editor: Konami / Developer: Konami

Release date: November 1, 2005 (UNITED STATES) / November 24, 2005 (UK/EU)

This 2005 Konami take on the TMNT series is based on the 2003 TMNT TV show, which was a bit more edgy and adult-oriented than the original ’80s TV series. to the last of the game’s four chapters, in which the Turtles fight bosses in their dreams, having defeated all of their usual enemies like Shredder and the Foot Clan.

TMNT: Mutant Melee (GCN)

TMNT: Mutant Melee (GCN)

Editor: Konami / Developer: Konami

Release date: March 16, 2005 (UNITED STATES)

One of many TMNT games inspired by the 2003 TV reboot, Mutant Melee is a Turtley take on the Smash Bros. formula, with 22 playable characters to unlock and battle in “Last Man Standing”. There are other modes available to mix it up a bit, like “Knock Out”, a timed challenge; “King of the Hill”, where players can earn points by staying in certain areas the longest; and “Keep Away”, which functions as an Overwatch-style escort mission for a sizable chest.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of Slime (3DS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of Slime (3DS)

Editor: Activision / Developer: Go forward

Release date: November 11, 2014 (UNITED STATES) / November 11, 2014 (UK/EU)

Developed by Shantae WayForward studio, with an original soundtrack composed by Jake Kaufman (later to be the composer of Shovel Knight), this game was designed to cover the gap between seasons two and three of the 2012 TV show , featuring story elements from both, as well as references to the NES game. It was also one of Three TMNT Games 2014!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Wii)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Wii)

Editor: Activision / Developer: magic pockets

Release date: October 22, 2013 (UNITED STATES)

A companion game to the Nintendo 3DS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it was the second TMNT game to be published by Activision, and the first game based on the 2012 Nickelodeon show. at a much lower price.

TMNT (Wii)

TMNT (Wii)

Developer: Ubisoft

Release date: March 20, 2007 (UNITED STATES) / March 30, 2007 (UK/EU)

This single-player action-adventure game was based on the 2007 CGI film and developed by Ubisoft after securing the rights from Konami. Like the DS and GameCube versions, this game focuses on a darker, edgier tone for the Turtle brothers, a bit more in line with the original comics.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (GBA)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (GBA)

Editor: Konami / Developer: Konami

Release date: October 19, 2004 (UNITED STATES) / November 20, 2004 (UK/EU)

Battle Nexus is a stealth action platformer that features storylines from the second season of the 2003 animated television series, and features both single-player and four-player local co-op. On Game Boy Advance, it’s a very different game from its console counterparts, and features the voice talents of Sam Riegel (Phoenix Wright in the Ace Attorney games and Donatello in many TMNT incarnations) and Michael Sinterniklaas (Leonardo and Taki Tachibana in your name).

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