NOTE: The star in the title is because my collection is complete in my terms. As much as I would love to get a copy of Tournament Fighters on the NES, I don’t have the money to spend on a NES cart that’s almost how much I pay for rent.
All the games that I’ve reviewed on this site are ones that I own, meaning I have a lot of games based on comic book properties and there’s plenty more I have sitting on my shelves that I haven’t even talked about yet. One sub-section of my collection that I’ve been working on over the past little while is getting all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, a feat that I completed to my personal satisfaction this week when I got my copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist that I ordered off of eBay as a personal birthday gift to myself. With my collection done, I thought it would be fun to show my physical copies in my collection and share a personal anecdote about how I got each of them, if applicable. Some of these games I just straight up bought in a store, not the most thrilling story, huh? If people are interested I can look into showing off my entire collection or other parts like my Spider-Man games, for example. For now though, let’s take a look at my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games starting with…
TOP LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: This was actually the last NES game I got, with TMNT II being the first. Having scored the two beat-em-ups, I had to complete the trilogy, even though I already had it on my Wii virtual console and like many, found it very difficult. Since I’ve got it though I have finished it and kinda love it for how bold and crazy it it.
TOP MIDDLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game: Once upon a time we used to have a flea market in our local mall on Sunday when the stores closed. It used to be one of my favourite parts of the week as there was always vendors who would bring games that you just simply couldn’t find in local stores, and I scored a lot of great games before it sadly stopped a few years ago. This was the third TMNT game I ever owned.
TOP RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project: I believe I finished this when it was new, but not since I’ve owned it. Got it off of a local game trade Facebook group for a reasonable price.
BOTTOM LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan: Unlike the NES games, I got the Game Boy games in order, starting with this one from a Facebook post.
BOTTOM MIDDLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back to the Sewers: Found this on a casual stroll to a few of our local game stores that deal in retro games. This one was bought at Netherworld Collectibles.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue: I have to give a HUGE thanks to Netherworld for getting me this one. It came into their store and they private messaged me on Facebook as they knew I was hunting down Turtles games. They held it for me until I got off work and were also very reasonable on price.
TOP LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time: I didn’t own any Turtles game growing up as we mostly rented games. This was the first game I owned sole custody of, the first being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes 3: Mutant Nightmare which I bought with a friend during my university days just so we could play Turtles in Time as it was included as an unlockable. Believe I only paid around $30-35 dollars for it in 2008, which blows my mind as I see people selling it online for double that today.
TOP RIGHT: Teenage Mutant ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighers (SNES): One of the newer additions, I scored it on the same game trade group I got The Manhattan Project from.
BOTTOM LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist: I saw this in magazine ads growing up but never played it until I got it this week as I never owned a Sega Genesis and I don’t recall seeing it any of our local rental stores. Not quite as good as Turtles in Time, but still pretty great. Ordered it from eBay and it got here really fast.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighers (Sega Genesis): Another game trade grab, I like this version a lot less than the SNES game but give it points for having Raph on the cover over Leo.
GAME BOY ADVANCE AND DS GAMES:
TOP LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): This was the second to last game I got before Hyperstone Heist. Bought it off eBay.
TOP SECOND FROM THE LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus: Not much to say about this one, got it off of our local game trade group.
TOP SECOND FROM THE RIGHT: TMNT (2007): You know, as much as I loved this game, I don’t really where or when I got it. More than likely through either eBay or Amazon because I heard how good it was.
TOP RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (DS): Got this one this year through game trade by having eyes like a hawk. Someone posted a picture of a few DS games and I zeroed in on this and made an offer right away. I hate not having the case, but this is a pretty hard game to find.
BOTTOM LEFT: TMNT (2007): Got this during my vacation in Ottawa last summer at Ottawa Comic-Con.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Arcade Attack: This one I owe to my dear friend, Matthew Riggs. When I heard news of this game when it was new I was pretty excited as it looked like it could be a lot of fun, but the reviews were really terrible and I ended up passing on it. It became a game I frequently saw in the Wal-Mart bargain bin and I so nearly purchased it many times but I didn’t. When I actually went to look for it, it was nowhere to be found and the price had gone up more than when it was brand new. My friend messaged me while I was at work one day and said they saw a copy at a new retro game store that opened, Adey’s Attic, and I went straight there after work to get it.
GAMECUBE AND Wii GAMES:
TOP LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): This game is an example of much of a pain it can be to buy games off of people. Someone posted this game for sale in a local Facebook group for $5 and I jumped at it…only to find that person lived about 25-30 minutes away, costing me more in gas than the price of the game. These games are all on PS2 and the original Xbox, but I choose to get them all on GameCube because I love the controller and it feels right having them on a Nintendo system as that’s what I grew up playing Turtles games on.
TOP RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus: Another game trade find, I would have also got part three off of the same game but he lost one of the discs.
BOTTOM LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare: I actually traded in my first copy of this game to get something I really wanted as I figured I could pick this up again pretty easily. I wasn’t totally wrong, but like the first game in this series, I got this off of a person who lived decently far away from me with a weird street address that was hard to find. For those who have never been to the province of Newfoundland, we have one of the worst designed major cities in the world that’s often impossible to navigate and find anything in.
BOTTOM MIDDLE: TMNT: Mutant Melee: Also got this at Ottawa Comic-Con last year.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up: I bought this at the Sandbox Gaming hosted Newfoundland Gaming Expo off of one of the vendors. It was used but still had the exclusive comic that came with it when it was new.
TOP LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2013): I got these games at around the same time as one another. This one I got heavily discounted at around $10 at an EB Games.
TOP RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014): This game was bought a few months after it came out at EB Games and was surprisingly hard to find for a movie game I think not a lot of people cared about.
BOTTOM: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze: This was the first TMNT game from Activision that I really loved, which is due in part from it coming from a developer I love (WayForward) in a style of game that I also love (Metroid-Vania). Also bought at EB Games.
TOP LEFT: TMNT (2007): This was the first Turtles game on the 360 but the last one I got. I wanted this version of the game even though it was a lot harder to find than every other SKU and was about to give up hope until someone offered to trade me their copy for a game I had no intention of ever finishing that I won’t disclose here because I’ll probably lose some gamer cred.
TOP RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2013): Like Radical Rescue, both this and Danger of the Ooze (PS3) were brought to my attention when I posted some pictures of my far from complete collection in a collectors group on Facebook. I was contacted by the owner of Adey’s Attic that they had these in stock late one evening and I went and bought them the next day.
BOTTOM LEFT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze (PS3): See above.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan: Pre-ordered at EB Games and picked it up bright and early when they opened while wearing my purple TMNT shirt. I then went to Best Buy and bought the 2014 movie on blu-ray to get movie money for the sequel that I’m seeing tomorrow.