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Summer Video Games Wrap Up: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled

Turtles in Time for the Super NES is one of my favorite games ever made. I’ve never gotten to play it in arcades, so when I heard that it was coming out on XBLA, I was pretty excited, after all, the first TMNT arcade game was pretty fun for the 360, why wouldn’t the best one be? I’ll tell you why.

The first mistake the made was redoing the graphics and audio. A game like this thrives on nostalgia. Taking that was a foolish maneuver, because a game like this does not belong with modern games. If they had just rereleased the arcade game, or (ideally) made a four player version of the Super NES game, I would have been happy.

You see, this genre doesn’t really exist in gaming any more. There’s just not enough to it. You go forward and smash the attack button. Since they redid the arcade version of the game, it doesn’t even have all the levels I remember. It was amusing to play through this once four player, but by the end of that I was already getting tired of the game.

Re-Shelled is a totally competent game. Everything works, it looks and sounds fine. But it is not the game people were looking to play. Maybe kids will get a kick out of it, but do kids these days even know what TMNT stands for? Like, I know there was that CG movie a while ago, but did that even do well?

Your XBox Money is better spent on getting a game like Shadow Complex or some sweet DLC.