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...
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.
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: My childhood was filled with movies, television shows, and toys starring everyone’s favorite mutated reptiles: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Because of this, it is pretty cool to see that somewhat of a TMNT resurgence is beginning to take place. After the re-releases of Turtles in Time and a new game for the DS on the way, we old school fans couldn’t be happier.
Excerpt: When it comes to game advertising, you've got to see through the lies and decipher the actual truth. So when Ubisoft announced that TMNT: Smash-Up was "developed by the team behind Super Smash Bros Brawl" (Game Arts, who only really developed a tiny part of Smash Bros.) and released trailers telling us to "have a brawl" it was clear what they wanted us to think: this was Smash Bros. with Turtles. It even has the word 'Smash' in the title.