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All in all, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare is good for what it is: a repetitive arcade-inspired beat-'em-up based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.
There is one reason to look into this dim sequel: it packs in Turtles in Time, the excellent four-player arcade release from over a decade back. The current voice acting and music has been appended, but the gameplay is infinitely superior to anything in Mutant Nightmare. While wondering why anyone might seek to replicate the Turtles' old-school brawling, just go back to this arcade success for the reason.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare is a true nightmare to sit down and play for a long period of time. Only purchase this game if you are a true die-hard fan of the series, otherwise save your money for something better.
TMNT: Mutant Nightmare plays too much like its flawed predecessors to warrant a look from anyone besides diehard fans. The action wasn't great the first time around, and while the third outing fixes a few problems, it's still largely the same game. It's a vapid action game without the refined control and visual flair required of a game with no soul.
Is TMNT 3: Mutant Nightmare better than the near-train wreck that was Battle Nexus? Certainly it is. The scarceness of the terrible platforming portions of that game, as well as the constant four-turtle action, is a definite improvement over what Battle Nexus had to offer. But even still, Mutant Nightmare lacks punch. There's just not much game here that's worth playing, and the few bits that are worth it are buried underneath a lot of overly simplistic and generally dull beatings of easy-to-kill bad guys. In the rare instance where the game gets challenging, it feels artificial and frustrating, rather than satisfying or rewarding. Turtles fan or not, just skip out on Mutant Nightmare.
As nightmares go, this one ranks right up there with the one about entering the schoolyard pantsless, and perhaps even on fire. The turtles deserve better, and its unfortunate this game extends their bad luck streak.
TMNT: Mutant Nightmare is indeed a nightmare of gaming experience. The only thing the game accomplishes is proving that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should’ve never left the 2D realm of gaming. Konami should completely scrap all future plans of enhancing this gameplay engine and go back to the series’ 2D roots. Want a good TMNT game? Go find a used SNES and a copy of Turtles and Time and you’ll realize that every TMNT after that has been a complete waste of time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare may be a wee improvement over Battle Nexus, but it's still a pretty bad game. It's unfortunate. Replaying Turtles in Time – easily the best part of this, by the way – shows that turtle beat-'em-ups were fun back in the day, but they're just no good now, what with the boring animation, lame enemies, weak AI, and annoying radars showing off tiring stages. Only the most diehard of Turtles fans should apply, and even then, they shouldn't consider anything more than a rental to check this out. Do yourself a favor and play the old games – Mutant Nightmare is far from a dream.