Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smash Up (Nintendo Wii)
15 November 2009
Summary: : Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up is generally pretty solid overall, but it lacks the variety and replay value of something like the Smash Brothers series, which hurts it in the long run. The story is acceptable, there are plenty of game modes to work with, the visuals are mostly pretty, and the audio is quite good.
Fight as hero or villain in frenzied, four-player brawls.
Common Sense Media
14 November 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up is a frenzied beat-'em-up game where you can play as the good guy or the villain. Players select characters including turtles, humans and robots and battle each other in free-for-all style using swords, hockey sticks, bombs, and fists. The frenetic combat is depicted in "cartoony" fashion with flashes of light, sound, and explosions accompanying the blows.
Excerpt: The TNMT license has had more than its fair share of sub-par games since the early ‘90s, but it’s also seen some excellent games as well - like the arcade games that turned into great console games. Most TMNT games have been side-scrolling beat-em-ups, but some have taken the form of more traditional fighting games - like Tournament Fighters, TMNT: Melee, like a TNMT take on Power Stone, and this - a Smash Bros.-esque entry from the makers of Smash Bros. Brawl.
Conclusion: Concept: America’s favorite reptilian ninjas settle their grievances Smash Bros. style
Graphics: The original comic was drawn in black and white with a pencil, and it was still more fun to look at than these comic-esque cutscenes. Thankfully the in-game graphics look great.
Sound: It’s fun to hear most of the original ‘90s cartoon cast reprise their roles, but the music is rather unremarkable
Playability: The loose controls take some getting used to, but when used...
Summary: In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up, you and some friends pick from a roster of beloved characters and proceed to beat the heck out of each other in a diverse array of arenas. Sound familiar? The similarities between this game and the Super Smash Bros. series are clear, from the fast-paced action to the presentation to the announcer's voice. Yet there are a number of notable differences that set Smash-Up apart.
Pros: Fun, fast-paced combat, Accessible fighting controls, Some entertaining environments, Lots of different modes, Smooth online play
Cons: Visuals aren't sharp enough for the quick action, Multiplayer battles have scoring issues, Not as much variety as Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Conclusion: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up tries so hard to compare itself to Game Arts’ benchmark-setting Super Smash Bros. Brawl that you’d think it actually weighs up. But the bar has been set so ridiculously high by the Smash Bros. series that competition within the party/four-player fighting genre is practically impossible.
Excerpt: Check out the Video Review. After 25 years of success, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has seen better days. The television series has fallen out of relevancy, the 2007 CG movie didn’t do much in terms of critical acclaim, and the past few video games have been anything but impressive. However, none of those missteps have gotten in the way of gamers’ love for Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello.