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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Konami

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: The Manhattan Project (NES)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: The Manhattan Project (AKA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Manhattan Project (ティーンエージ・ミュータント・ニンジャ・タートルズ2 ザ・マンハッタンプロジェクト in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling beat ’em up video game developed and published by Konami to run on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES 8-bit) in 1991. It was the last TMNT game for the NES, then TMNT IV: Turtles in Time for the SNES appeared.

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The game has a simple plot and features most of the characters in the popular comics and TV series – the four turtles (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello), April O’Neil, and their ultimate nemesis: Shredder. The game begins with Shredder making Manhattan island float, and then kidnapping April. Of course, the turtles set to face him to save April and the entire island.

TMNT 3 for the NES consists of 8 diverse levels and is playable by up to 2 persons simultaneously, with each player having the ability to change turtles while in-game. This ability comes in handy in certain situations and levels, and depending on the enemies that you are currently fighting. The regular enemies include familiar troops such as the Foot Clan (foot soldiers), the Stone Warriors, and the Giant Mousers. The bosses, on the other hand, include baddies from the cartoon series and the TMNT toy line such as Leatherhead, Slash, and Dirtbag.

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As a turtle, you’ve got to be always prepared with your signature weapon and ready to fight with your special moves. Otherwise, you would lose all of your lives (3 lives and 2 continues) as enemies here don’t come easy – and they literally come from everywhere (right, left, out of walls, behind billboards, from the sewers, etc.)! This gives this classic beat ’em up game some nice variety.

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A great development from its predecessors is the addition of a “special attack” unique to each turtle that he can use at the expense of his health. This adds some challenge to the game as you need to balance the use of special attacks and your energy expenditure.

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Speaking of visuals, this one has vivid colors and detailed animation that looks better than many 16-bit games. Meanwhile, its music, soundtrack, and effects are commendable, too.

In general, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: The Manhattan Project is an action-packed game that you would love to play over and over even if you hadn’t seen the cartoons. It’s pretty challenging, has great animation, and it features some really brilliant character moves – a true Nintendo NES gem.

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