Hack Showcase: TMNT: Return to New York & TMNT 2: Arcade Game Options Mode

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

TMNT Return to New York by guitarpalooz is a rebalance and remastering of the first TMNT game for the NES. This hack fixes a number of the problems with the game since it’s well known for the difficulty, overpowered Donatello and janky gameplay. Each turtle now has different abilities to progress throughout the game, meaning you’ll want to switch turtles throughout the game.

  • 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

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