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Konami has confirmed that its upcoming retro compendium Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection will utilize rollback netcode for the online mode of TMNT: Tournament Fighters. The new factoid will come as welcome news for long-time fans of the heroes in a half-shell.
The Cowabunga Collection — a compilation that almost seems too good to be true — features a bumper crop of TMNT adventures pulled from arcade, NES, SNES, Genesis, and Game Boy platforms. What this boils down to is hours upon hours of classic brawling, platforming, and fighting action, dating as far back as the halcyon days of 1988, when Turtle Mania first bestowed itself on the world.
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TMNT: Tournament Fighters launched on NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis in 1993, though all three platforms had very different games. Generally considered the best (and inarguably the most enduring) of the three versions, the SNES edition is still played today by a dedicated community, who are no doubt stoked to hear that they will now have a modern, copy of the one-on-one classic for future-proofing. It seems that only the SNES version of Tournament Fighters will support online play, a decision that what one would assume hopes to avoid further diluting the already niche player base.
Alongside the three versions of Tournament Fighters, The Cowabunga Collection also includes the titles listed below. When you add to this the recently released Dotemu brawler TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, it has certainly been an awesome year for fans of Leo, Don, Mikey, and Raph. Man, I love being a turtle.
TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection launches August 30 on PlayStation, PC, Xbox, and Switch platforms.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Super Nintendo)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (Sega Genesis)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of The Foot Clan (Game Boy)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From The Sewers (Game Boy)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (Game Boy)