Round Up: The reviews are in for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection

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Do you know who is having a great year this year? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Tomorrow, the Year of the Turtle (sorry Tiger, we don’t mean anything by that) continues with the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, a collection of thirteen TMNT titles from Konami for NES, SNES, Game Boy, Genesis and Arcade. Some of the best, basically.

Reviews dropped earlier today for this game-packed game, and it seems the keyword is, appropriately, “Cowabunga!” Digital Eclipse, the team behind The Disney Afternoon Collectionthe Mega Man Legacy Collection, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection and more have once again pulled it out of the sewers and delivered a great package.

We certainly think so, because Nintendo Life’s verdict gives this compilation a delicious 9/10:

“TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection is unquestionably the best thing Konami has released in a long time, fulfilling all and some expectations. Except for the lack of difficulty settings for arcade games, this is an anthology that finally succeeds perfectly.

Praise, right? Well, it’s not just us! We’ve rounded up what some of the other reviewers have said about this collection of classics.

Just like us, Nintendo World Report gave The Cowabunga Collection a well-deserved 9/10:

“The emulation is great, the features are plentiful, and the explanation and accessibility of older games is some of the best I’ve seen in any of these packages. Some of these games may have shown their age overall, but you’ll probably never find a better game version of any of them.”

Destructoid gave the turtles an 8/10, calling it “an excellent repackaging”:

“The standout feature for me is the extras menu. There you’ll find boxes and manuals, advertisements and catalogs, and even comic book covers and screensavers from several TV shows. There are behind-the-scenes style guides/bibles that designers had to follow for characters, and a music player. This is a comprehensive look at turtles story, and surprisingly found myself digging for an hour before playing games.”

game bible also gave The Cowabunga Collection an 8/10, praising the presentation, while noting that the game’s post-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge release should be considered:

“..these are indeed bare bones after that crazier fun, so buy knowing you’re getting upgraded versions of much older games, with anytime save functionality (one slot per game) a real bonus, but they are still much older games. Then again, if you have true turtle power running through your veins, you already know what it’s all about and pre-ordered it a long time ago.”

Finally, our friends from Pure Xbox also gave this an 8/10, highlighting a load of pizza extras:

“Honestly, there’s so much extra content included here that it’s quite difficult to focus on the games themselves, but we have to focus! The 13 titles on offer are as comprehensive a collection as we really could have asked for. “

Given how fantastic we thought Dotemu’s Shredder’s Revenge was, and how much this collection shows Digital Eclipse’s love and appreciation for heroes in half-shells, we’re confident to say that turtles are more than just back to their best.

Will you pick up TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection tomorrow? Let us know!

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