The recent news of a remake of TMNT: Turtles in Time has us all shell-shocked here at Co-Optimus. Turtles in Time may be the greatest Turtles game, but it wasn't the first co-op TMNT title. That honor belongs to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game. It was first released in arcades in 1989, and ported to the NES a year later as TMNT II: The Arcade Game. Back in 2007, the game hit Xbox Live Arcade, this time called TMNT 1989 Classic Arcade. For Co-Op Classics this week, we'll kick some shell and take a look at this version of the game.
My love for Ninja Turtles is fairly well documented on this site, and when a new movie based on the franchise came out in 2007, I was definitely excited. As a parent, sharing things with my kids that I enjoyed when I was their age is one of my greatest pleasures. The older, live action Turtles movies were cheesy fun, for their time, and the boys and I were all excited to see the new movie. When we saw it, I was a bit disappointed. It was a decent movie, but a bit more serious and dark in tone than I was expecting. The kids liked it just fine, and the next time we went to the store, they begged for the Xbox 360 version of the movie tie in game. Imagine our shock upon learning that TMNT the game was single player only! No co-op in a Ninja Turtles game? Inconceivable!