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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return to New York

Hack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Description:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return to New York is a rebalance and remaster to the original TMNT game released in 1989. Renowned for it’s difficulty, inconsistent gameplay, and a very overpowered Donatello, the old game manual reveals a story loosely based on the 1980’s cartoon “Shredder and Splintered,” in which the Shredder has a retromutagen gun that could turn Splinter back to human, but also the TMNT back to normal turtles.

The main goal of this game is to give each turtle a different set of abilities to encourage use of the whole team in different situations throughout the game. Some gameplay elements have been added to facilitate this. Also, the story and setting of the game has been enhanced as much as possible.

  • Leonardo, as the leader, is the best all around ninja
  • Raphael, the brawler, does best one-on-one vs strong enemies
  • Michelangelo, with his agility, works well for crowded areas and tricky jumps
  • Donatello, with his intelligence, excels in special situations and attacking from a safe distance

Notable features include:

  • New stats for each turtle including attack, 1/2 health boost, speed, jumping, special weapons, and defense (see readme)
  • Turtles can be swapped on the fly by pressing Up+Start to cycle through
  • Nearly all enemies have been redrawn to better match the source material
  • All turtles have been given unique palettes
  • In-game save feature that saves progress on each new world map
  • Almost all game text has been rewritten to reflect the characters, plot, and NYC setting
  • Minor gameplay changes to increase the challenge in some areas
  • Minor level changes to accommodate turtles with reduced jump
  • Boss fight changes to eliminate camping spots
  • Low health warning only beeps once

Development thread: https://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=31329.0

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: 89ADF2D9E453FC7FC491F968495C80C0C4A568D5
  • File CRC32: 83213CA0
  • ROM SHA-1: B239C2D48E84CA676DEE4461D4D6A1F77F34255D
  • ROM CRC32: EE921D8E

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
rainponchoHacking
RetroRainOriginal Work
mersoxOriginal Work

User Review Information

Excellent balance hack

Reviewed By: Old_gamer on 20 Apr 2021

This hack brings much needed balance and improvements with better dialog giving a better story too. The heroes have their strengths and weaknesses as no one is OP like the original game’s Donatello. As a matter of fact, I found myself not using Don that much as the only advantage is the range but was nerfed as the weakest of all.

And do not be fooled, this is still unforgiving in difficulty with those annoying obstacles that made the original tough so the challenge is still here. And every stage can now be beaten even with Don. (he really got nerfed)

I recommend this due to the balance and a better plot focused on New York. Nice work!

Version 1.71 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Excellent balance hackOld_gamer20 Apr 20211.71Yes
Much improved, play itWolfie06 Nov 20201.6Yes
Like it.akzkal01 Feb 20191.0Yes
Breaks the game, but still a huge improvementTheSiege07 Mar 20181.0Yes
Nice, but breaks second levelLegend28 Sep 20171.0Yes