Last year I did a rather scathing review of Activision’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the Videogame released on the Xbox 360, Wii, and 3DS. Sometime later, I concluded what may have actually occurred. My assertion was that developer Magic Pockets were initially vetted to create a 3DS Ninja Turtle game, but during development the scope changed. The game was then ported to the 360 and Wii, and had to be modified to accommodate the local multi-player functionality. This lead a game which may have been passable on the 3DS to become a nightmare on all three consoles. The emphasis on things flying at the screen, and the camera’s fascination with moving through tunnels, supports that this was intended for the 3DS at least originally. Had the game been a single-player experience on the 3DS only, I likely would have been more forgiving of it’s other short falls.
Well, either someone was listening, or had a similar thought, because this year we saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) release for the 3DS. Based off the movie license, this game was made exclusively for the 3DS by the same developer, Magic Pockets. Do I smell a challenge?