Hello everybody, welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to continue our four part series on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games from my past. The title that I am going to talk about this time around was the third installment of games for the NES, and it went by the name of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project.
Sometime around 1992 or so I was itching to get my next fix of TMNT for the NES. As luck would have it, Konami answered my prayers and released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project that very same year. As you may have expected already, I begged my parents to pick it up, which eventually they did just to get me to shut up about it. After my first playthrough I realized it didn’t vary too much from it’s predecessor, but the game was still a whole lot of fun to play anyways, and in the end, that’s all that matters.
Now when it comes to TMNT, sharing experiences instead of the setup behind each game is going to happen every time because anybody who is anybody knows what’s going on here. April has been captured by Shredder and you have to save her. The only difference here is the fact that he took manhattan island with him as well, but that’s beside the point. Anyways, back to my story.
After firing up this title for the first time, one of the things I realized had changed was how you attack enemies. A new move was added where the turtles can flip enemies over their heads, and thank god it was included because this was one of the more difficult games in the history of this franchise. The number of different cameos from popular characters in the series (Bebop, Rocksteady, Slash, Tokka, Rahzar, Dirtbag, Leatherhead) was nice to see also. These meant so much to me that I used to draw crappy pictures of them during church to pass the time, which just goes to show you how much influence games can have if they cater to their audience the right way, with respect and love for people who are fans of it to begin with.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project was a great classic beat em up from back in the day, and is something fans of the series should definitely consider checking out.
That concludes my story on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project on NES, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Here is a gameplay video that I found for it, enjoy!