Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Fans Create Awesome-Looking Original Retro Throwback

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Fans Create Awesome-Looking Original Retro Throwback

Pizza Power! Cowabunga! And other exclamations made popular by '80s pop culture.

In the '80s and early '90s, pop culture was dominated by two monoliths: The NES, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Unsurprisingly, the TMNT made several beat-em-up babies with the NES, followed by a couple more on the SNES. A new fangame aims to re-capture the Turtles' retro glory days, and it sure looks like it's up to the task.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue-Palooza by fangame creator "MersoX" is free to download for the PC. Its 16-bit graphics hearken back to the best of the Toitles' gaming legacy, particularly Turtles in Time for the SNES. Rescue-Palooza goes even further than its classic inspiration, however. It boasts 17 stages, 4-player local co-op, rideable vehicles, voice clips from the '80s cartoon, and a whopping 60 playable characters.

That's right: You're not restricted to using the Turtles in Rescue-Palooza. Dunk them all in a vat of turtle soup if you want. Who needs the Fab Four when you can play as Usagi Yojimbo, Splinter, a Mouser, and Irma? Give me a call, Mirage Studios. I just got a great idea for a TMNT comic spin-off.

Regardless of which hero you hit the streets of Manhattan with (though it should be the best one), Rescue-Palooza seems to be a great option if you're in the mood for some retro Turtles action. Previous attempts to put the Turtles in a side-scrolling beat-em-up have landed flat, especially Ubisoft's ill-received 2009 remake of Turtles in Time. Rescue-Palooza's sprites alone really put the "cow" in "cowabunga." There, that sounded hip, right?

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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