TMNT: Don’t wait to buy the Cowabunga collection
Some fans may want to wait for a deep discount before buying the new collection of TMNT retro games, but that could be a mistake.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Retro gaming fans and enthusiasts received a surprise gift from Konami this week. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection will feature 13 TMNT games from the franchise’s late 80s to early 90s. Players can expect a surprisingly comprehensive collection that spans classic arcade games and 8-bit, 16-bit, and handheld consoles from Nintendo and Sega.
The game‘s first trailer had many fans excited for Konami’s announcement instead of being angry at one for the first time in a while. While some were eager to squeeze the cash into the publisher’s hands, others weren’t sold on the Cowabunga collectionStarting MSRP of $40. While it’s understandable to be conditioned to expect a discount from generous Steam sales, TMNT games have an unfortunate history of being the ones to buy ASAP.
Pre-ordering games is usually a wasteful endeavor at this point. Beyond physical copies of most games being plentiful and digital distribution increasing accessibility, there is another reason to avoid the practice. The feeling expressed by Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett seven years ago remains as true today as it was then: pre-ordering drives companies to ship lackluster products. games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy are recent examples where players should have waited for games to be updated to an acceptable state, but they are far from the only ones.
Retro games are usually safe to pre-order, but there’s another way The Cowabunga Collection is an exception to the rule. TMNT the games don’t have a good track record when it comes to availability. While licensed games being pulled from digital storefronts after deals expire is something gamers have grown accustomed to, two TMNT games have had incredibly short lifespans on digital platforms.
Arcade versions of the classic TMNT beat them, turtles in timeis a centerpiece in The Cowabunga Collection. Its first re-release was an HD remake for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Turtles in time re-shelled. It was removed from both consoles’ digital storefronts less than two years after its release in 2009, when the license expired. The game has not been re-released since it was written off, possibly because the TMNT license has bounced between several publishers over the years.
There is an even more glaring example of turtles game being written off that Rescaled. Bayonet developer, Platinum Games’ TMNT Game, Mutants in Manhattan, was released in May 2016 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC. It was removed from each of these platforms’ digital storefronts in January 2017, meaning the game was available digitally for less than 8 months. Physical copies were still available in stores, a plus for fans looking for a copy of Mutants in Manhattan had finished Rescaledwhich never received a physical release.
Despite Platinum’s pedigree and the influence of the top IDW comic series on gaming, Mutants in Manhattan was more Babylon Falls than To deny: automata with regard to quality. While fans didn’t miss a brawler at the level of Streets of rage 4 if they didn’t take a copy of Mutants in Manhattan, it’s still a disappointment when a game becomes rare so soon after its release. Finalists, collectors, game curators, and the curious should hope they can find a reasonably priced physical copy when licensing agreement expirations take games offline.
There are good reasons to be wary of pre-ordering even a compilation of retro games. Although unlikely, the build may suffer from the same emulation issues as The recent Nintendo 64 ports of Nintendo Switch Online. Even if they avoid paying in advance, TMNT fans shouldn’t procrastinate when it comes to picking up a copy of The Cowabunga Collection. The amount of concentrated nostalgia in this package should make it a solid seller with turtles older fans.
If gamers miss a retail copy and the game is delisted, they’ll have to turn to expensive options like the aftermarket or Arcade 1Up cabinets for their retro. turtles to fix. Limited Run Games might offer an extra chance to get a physical copy, but that comes with its own pitfalls, including the temptation of one of their limited collectible editions. Anyone who wants The Cowabunga Collection should make sure to get one as soon as possible r risk running out completely.
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