Ah, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games are one of gaming history’s more unique licenses. On one hand they are popular and do fairly well with fans buying them up. Sure, there have been some stumbling blocks in the road to gaming supremacy. The first Nintendo Entertainment System title was not all that good, neither was the first Game Boy game featuring the ‘heroes in a half shell’. That hasn’t stopped publishers from continuing to release games featuring the popular teenage angst filled heroes in various incarnations. Today, we are taking a look at one the better games that featured this group of fast moving turtles- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project for the Nintendo NES. An old game, big whoop, right? People are constantly writing up reviews of these games- instead I am looking at an interesting hack that gives you a boss rush mode. Oh yeah.
That is right, the hardest part of this game is now the only part of the game that you need to worry about. This boss rush mode kind of takes TMNT III into the realm of one on one fighting games except you are not sharing a single plain of existence with the enemy (like in Street Fighter II, etc). You still have full range of movement up and down, left and right. So does your enemy.
The attacks are not changed, at least not their animations. Specials are limited in that they now require twice as much energy to perform. Secondly, you can no longer use specials once your energy is nearly depleted. This keeps you from simply special moving your way to an easy win while fighting Rocksteady or Krang. I mean, fair is fair, right? What is cool here is that you can go all “Dramatic Battle” on the bosses by bringing a friend along.
Head over to ROMHacking.net to grab the patch for TMNT 3 Arena. Getting the actual game rom though is all on you, I cannot link to sites that offer it since it is not freeware.