Retro Gaming- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (1991)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project is another popular game within the series which was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Konami in late 1991.  This game just like many of the other Ninja Turtles titles involved all four brothers Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo mission to stop Shredder.  In this game Shredder kidnaps April O’Neal again while the turtles are on vacation in Florida;  just like many TMNT games the gang has to travel to Manhattan to save April.  Some people who had played The Manhattan Project would probably argue that it was more fun the original TMNT game for the NES which is highly debatable.  However, many can agree that the Manhattan Project was definitely easier because it included a co-op mode in which two players can complete the game together.  Also, similar to other NES co-op games such as Double Dragon players have the option of selecting the mode which can enable or disable them from attacking one another.

This game also featured many popular enemies that are included in the animated series such as Krang, Slash, and Leatherhead.  This game consists of eight different stages which players must complete with a limited amount of lives.  Another feature that stands out about this title includes the soundtrack but which is filled with both anticipation and adventure. While the soundtracks for each stage are great some would argue that Stage 7 had the best music and quite possibly the most exciting stage in the whole game.  Many people would probably agree that the final stage was possibly the longest and the most difficult stage whether one played by themselves or with a friend.  But despite how challenging this game was it allowed TMNT fans to spend enough time learning how to complete the game in the most effective way.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project received positive reviews from gamers and critics alike for making various improvements from its predecessor.  This title had received “Game of the Year” awards from both Electronic Monthly Gaming and Nintendo Power in 1992 while becoming one of the best beat em up games made for the NES console.  Even though, this game was very fun to play for the NES game console it would have been interesting to see what this game would have been like for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System or if had received a remake altogether.

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