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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus

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The Konami/Ninja Turtles duet delivers another solid entry in the franchise. Windows Zovni (9367)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
GameCube 1 5.0
PlayStation 2 1 5.0
Windows 4 3.9
Xbox 1 5.0
Combined MobyScore 7 4.4


The Press Says

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PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
There is little that is stranger than a cartoon based on the premise of turtles mutating in nuclear waste only to grow to the size of fully grown men with a talent for ninja skills that have been developed by their master, an oversized sentient rat named Splinter. I'm not sure why, but I think the eighties had a lot to do with it. When I think back to the cartoons I watched as a child, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes up, and at the time, the whole premise was not only plausible to the imagination of a ten year old, but it was damn cool too.
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WindowsGameZone
Last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game did a good job of capturing the look and feel of the hit television show, but couldn’t deliver the goods when it came to compelling gameplay. The sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus, adds a few new gameplay elements and features, making it somewhat of an improvement when compared to its predecessor. However, the game still falls prey to the same problems as last year’s game, namely lousy AI, bland levels and repetitive action. While the game does make some subtle improvements over last year’s version, anyone expecting the first great turtle game in a decade will be disappointed yet again.
62
GameCubeNext Level Gaming
TMNT 2 takes the fighting engine from the last game and adds a couple of new elements to it. The problem though is that when they brought the combat engine over to this game, they made it worse. I'll explain in a minute. Let me go through the positives first. As I mentioned before the game is four players. But beyond that, if you are playing with any less than four players then you'll have the option of switching back and fourth between Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo on the fly. And you'll need to because all four of them have certain abilities that are specific to them.
62
PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming
So much that Konami worked on to make improvements to the TMNT franchise from last year only to get marred by a flawed fighting system. It's all good until you actually have to start using your martial arts skills. Then it's a lesson in frustration. It's a little better with four players, but you can't get around the badly developed controls. I'd like to see Konami go back to it's roots on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise once more and bring out a game that go back to the days I remember. The days when I got excited over a new TMNT game. This one I just couldn't even get to grow on me.
60
XboxGame Informer Magazine
The story is nonsense, the sound is obnoxious, and the shift away from cel-shading means this title looks noticeably worse than the first. But despite all the problems present in this title, Turtles fans will still get something out of it - the unlockable Ninja Turtles arcade game is a treat, even if it's not an exact port (the music and some sound effects have changed). This, along with all the other extras (such as concept art, toy pics, and a tournament mode) show that Konami really cares about treating Turtles fans right. Some day, I expect to see a game that turns me into a true TMNT fan once again.
60
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
The story is nonsense, the sound is obnoxious, and the shift away from cel-shading means this title looks noticeably worse than the first. But despite all the problems present in this title, Turtles fans will still get something out of it - the unlockable Ninja Turtles arcade game is a treat, even if it's not an exact port (the music and some sound effects have changed). This, along with all the other extras (such as concept art, toy pics, and a tournament mode) show that Konami really cares about treating Turtles fans right. Some day, I expect to see a game that turns me into a true TMNT fan once again.
60
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
The simple button-mashing combat worked better in the first title because the longer stages played more like an old-school brawler. While the combat is tighter this time out, the enemies feel more like a nuisance than a threat. The first game wouldn’t let you progress until you cleared an area, this one lets you dash past your foes and race to the exit. The story is also nonsense, the sound is obnoxious, and the shift away from cel-shading means this title looks noticeably worse than the first. But despite all the problems present in this title, Turtles fans will still get something out of it – the unlockable Ninja Turtles arcade game is a treat, even if it’s not an exact port (the music and some sound effects have been changed). This, along with all the other extras (such as concept art, toy pics, and a tournament mode) show that Konami really cares about treating Turtles fans right. Some day, I expect to see a game that turns me into a true TMNT fan once again.
60
GameCubeIGN
In the end, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus improves on its predecessor by including a list of groovy extras and providing each turtle with unique abilities. Battle Nexus also lets you play four-player co-op. Sadly, the shoddy controls, frustrating platform puzzles and sub par enemy AI keep Battle Nexus from succeeding. The racing elements offer a little amusement, but poor control spoils the fun in that department as well. Overall, this game is an improvement, but nowhere near the addictiveness of earlier NES and arcade games based on the Turtle license.
60
XboxIGN
In the end, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus improves on its predecessor by including a list of groovy extras and providing each turtle with unique abilities. Battle Nexus also lets you play four-player co-op. Sadly, the shoddy controls, frustrating platform puzzles and sub par enemy AI keep Battle Nexus from succeeding. The racing elements offer a little amusement, but poor control spoils the fun in that department as well. Overall, this game is an improvement, but nowhere near the addictiveness of earlier NES and arcade games based on the Turtle license.
60
WindowsIGN
After the last Ninja Turtles outing, you'd think the posse of face-stomping turtles would have preferred to stay in the sewer. Several issues kept the last game from succeeding. The first (and most important) reason was that it simply lacked the kind of fun expected from a title featuring mutated turtles with deadly weaponry.
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PlayStation 2IGN
After the last Ninja Turtles outing, you'd think the posse of face-stomping turtles would have preferred to stay in the sewer. Several issues kept the last game from succeeding. The first (and most important) reason was that it simply lacked the kind of fun expected from a title featuring mutated turtles with deadly weaponry.
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GameCubeJeuxpo.com
Si TMNT 2 Battle Nexus est encore loin d'être parfait, le titre de Konami a fait un bond significatif en avant depuis le premier opus. Il conviendra de vérifier lors de la sortie de TMNT Mutant Melee (qui doit paraître ce mois-ci aux Etats Unis) si on tient enfin un bon titre issu de la nouvelle série, ce Battle Nexus étant encore trop moyen pour convaincre le joueur lambda.
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PlayStation 2GameZone
Long before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made their return to national television, they fought their way into the homes of millions of kids. With artistic names, cool weapons and lots of action, the original TMNT series was the perfect formula for a successful movie.
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PlayStation 2Worth Playing
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are not new to video games, and to be honest, were in some of the favorite games from my youth. This is the second new release by Konami in as many years based on this franchise, and each release has been less impressive than the last. The biggest success of each of these games has been in their ability to stay in the correct genre. Not the most difficult of tasks but at least they got it right (ok… mostly right). The worst part of this game is its failure to fill the shoes of one of its predecessors.
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XboxKombo.com
Overall, I must say this game left me disappointed, there hasn't been any decent TNMT games since the arcade unfortunately, though Konami may have tried to recreate the experience by allowing 4 player co op, this game still flat out sucks. The game play gets repetitive, QUICK, the audio is poor and so are the controls. The only thing that makes this game even half way worth buying is that you can unlock the classic arcade TNMT near the end of the game, other then that there is no real reason for you to waste 39.99$ on this game. Maybe if the game wasn't rated T it'd be better off, this game seems like it was meant for the 6-12 year old fans.
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PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
Still, diehard fans will appreciate the high production value and the inclusion of the early 1990s Konami arcade classics. But behind the flashy extras and cool license, TMNT2 remains an utterly forgettable (albeit forgivable) example of the modern gaming mediocrity.
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GameCubeGame Over Online
What happens when the evil Shredder attacks? This is the question that has played on the minds of many of the greatest men in history. Some say that the Shredder will destroy us all, but I believe something a little different. I've heard the whistling in the trees and the gurgling of the streams, and on all of them is a secret that only those who can talk to nature can hear. That secret? Those Turtle boys won't give him no slack. That is the kind of thing that haunts a man at night. Well, that and having to play this game, which isn't very good at all. Actually, playing the game was more like having a few haunted afternoons.
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PlayStation 2Game Over Online
What happens when the evil Shredder attacks? This is the question that has played on the minds of many of the greatest men in history. Some say that the Shredder will destroy us all, but I believe something a little different. I’ve heard the whistling in the trees and the gurgling of the streams, and on all of them is a secret that only those who can talk to nature can hear. That secret? Those Turtle boys won’t give him no slack. That is the kind of thing that haunts a man at night. Well, that and having to play this game, which isn’t very good at all. Actually, playing the game was more like having a few haunted afternoons.
46
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Konami doet zijn weinig benijdenswaardige reputatie van slechte turtle-games maker opnieuw alle eer aan.
46
GameCubeGameSpot
When Konami released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last year for consoles and the PC, all we wanted was a spirited beat-'em-up in the vein of the classic Turtles arcade games. While Konami managed to get the genre right, it unfortunately succeeded at little else, turning in a rather prosaic effort that didn't have much going for it beyond its cel-shaded graphics. A year later, Konami has churned out a sequel to TMNT, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus. The one problem in the original game that the developers behind this game managed to correct was the lack of four-player co-op play, which is now available throughout all of Battle Nexus' modes. Unfortunately, they also somehow managed to make every other aspect of the game significantly worse.
46
XboxGameSpot
When Konami released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last year for consoles and the PC, all we wanted was a spirited beat-'em-up in the vein of the classic Turtles arcade games. While Konami managed to get the genre right, it unfortunately succeeded at little else, turning in a rather prosaic effort that didn't have much going for it beyond its cel-shaded graphics. A year later, Konami has churned out a sequel to TMNT, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus. The one problem in the original game that the developers behind this game managed to correct was the lack of four-player co-op play, which is now available throughout all of Battle Nexus' modes.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
It isn't too often these days that you come across a sequel that manages to offend the senses as badly as TMNT2: Battle Nexus does. The last game was decent fan service for younger followers of the TV series, but Battle Nexus will not appeal to any member of any audience.
42
PlayStation 2Gaming Age
It is a smarter, better playing title that is a lot more fun, and even ten bucks cheaper. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battlenexus is truly a disappointment and the result of a rush job.
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GameCubeDigital Entertainment News (den)
To say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus game is a disappointing follow-up would be a mistake. The problem with the game is that it feels like a rushed sequel in order to cash in on market timing (holiday shopping) rather than actually being a true sequel. You can’t fault Konami for wanting to capitalize on the time of year with what is a solid license. You can fault the publisher (and developer) for pushing a game out that doesn’t fix all the problems that were very evident in the first game.
40
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Really the only thing Battle Nexus has going for it is the original TMNT arcade game being included, but even that stinks because you are forced to play through a good part of the new game to unlock the 15 year old game that's 5 times better. The game's lousy, there was no effort put into it, and it's nothing more than a waste of time and money.
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GameCube1UP
Maybe it's the shell. Whatever the reason, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have proven to be one of the more resilient members of the cartoon bestiary. In the heyday of the first run from 1987 to 1997 they were everywhere, not the least of which were videogames. Naturally, then when Fox Kids revived the franchise last year it surprised no one to see a new multi-platform game following hot on its heels. Unlike the rejuvenation the cartoon was enjoying in the hands of the original comic creators, the game was a lackluster effort. While the community gave Konami the benefit of the doubt on their first misstep, its sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: BattleNexus unfortunately reaffirms that while the cartoon turtles are better than ever, the games are not.
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Xbox1UP
Maybe it's the shell. Whatever the reason, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have proven to be one of the more resilient members of the cartoon bestiary. In the heyday of the first run from 1987 to 1997 they were everywhere, not the least of which were videogames. Naturally, then when Fox Kids revived the franchise last year it surprised no one to see a new multi-platform game following hot on its heels. Unlike the rejuvenation the cartoon was enjoying in the hands of the original comic creators, the game was a lackluster effort. While the community gave Konami the benefit of the doubt on their first misstep, its sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: BattleNexus unfortunately reaffirms that while the cartoon turtles are better than ever, the games are not.
40
Windows1UP
Maybe it's the shell. Whatever the reason, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have proven to be one of the more resilient members of the cartoon bestiary. In the heyday of the first run from 1987 to 1997 they were everywhere, not the least of which were videogames. Naturally, then when Fox Kids revived the franchise last year it surprised no one to see a new multi-platform game following hot on its heels. Unlike the rejuvenation the cartoon was enjoying in the hands of the original comic creators, the game was a lackluster effort. While the community gave Konami the benefit of the doubt on their first misstep, its sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: BattleNexus unfortunately reaffirms that while the cartoon turtles are better than ever, the games are not.
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PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den)
The music is the usual twisted, funky style you might recall from past TMNT games. Some of it will get your toes-a-tapping, but, chances are, you won't remember any of it even five minutes after you've put the controller down. The sound is much of the same. Appropriate, though really uninspired and unmemorable.
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PlayStation 21UP
In this case, that game turns out to be a nostalgic walk down memory lane in and of itself. While on the outside TMNT2 looks like a modern title, don't be fooled. Inside, it beats the heart of an old school 2D beat-'em-up. Titles like Final Fight, Streets of Rage and (not coincidentally) the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games set the standard for what was one of the most popular types of games in the original turtle generation's heyday. A decade and a half later the formula can be seen again advancing through levels in the old pattern of enter a screen, beat down all the bad guys, advance to the next screen and repeat.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Vor einem Jahr hatte ich noch durchaus meinen Spaß mit den Turtles – allerdings auch nur im Mehrspielermodus. Dieses Jahr kann nicht mal der die eklatanten Mängel im Gamedesign überpinseln, denn man merkt Battle Nexus jede Spielsekunde die Lieblosigkeit an: zickige Steuerung, brotblöde Gegner, erschreckend langweiliges Leveldesign uswusf. - nicht mal die freispielbaren Bonusgames machen mehr als einige Minuten Spaß! Das Spiel ist nur für den härtesten Kern der unverbesserlichen Turtles-Fans geeignet, alle anderen sollten sich lieber an die SNES- oder Mega Drive-Glorietage ihrer Helden erinnern, und sie dort ruhen lassen.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 : Battle Nexus marque une nouvelle incursion des tortues ninjas dans le monde du jeu, une tentative qui se solde une fois de plus par un vibrant échec, évoquant vaguement un vieux beat'em all qu'on aurait abruptement basculé en 3D sans plus d'efforts. J'en ressors avec une profonde phobie des tortues.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 : Battle Nexus marque une nouvelle incursion des tortues ninjas dans le monde du jeu, une tentative qui se solde une fois de plus par un vibrant échec, évoquant vaguement un vieux beat'em all qu'on aurait abruptement basculé en 3D sans plus d'efforts. J'en ressorts avec une profonde phobie des tortues.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 : Battle Nexus marque une nouvelle incursion des tortues ninjas dans le monde du jeu, une tentative qui se solde une fois de plus par un vibrant échec, évoquant vaguement un vieux beat'em all qu'on aurait abruptement basculé en 3D sans plus d'efforts. J'en ressors avec une profonde phobie des tortues.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Si Konami a dans l'idée de nous pondre une troisième aventure des Tortues Ninja, il va falloir revoir de très nombreuses choses en terme de maniabilité et de construction de jeu. Battle Nexus réussit à être plus mauvais que son prédécesseur malgré quelques ajouts bienvenus et n'arrive jamais à réellement décoller, la faute à une jouabilité capricieuse à bien des égards. Tout comme l'ami Dino, je crois que dorénavant, je ne regardai plus les tortues de la même façon.
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GameCubeneXGam
Ihr wollt wissen wie so ein richtig überflüssiges Spiel aussieht? Hier ist es. Jedenfalls hat Konami weder den Turtels, noch deren Fans einen Gefallen mit diesem Game hier getan. Wer nicht auf die grünen Kämpfer verzichten will, sieht sich besser mal bei deren älteren Titeln um. Die sind nicht nur besser spielbar, sondern auch erheblich günstiger zu haben.
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GameCubeGamestyle
Put simply, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus isn't homage to the iconic television show; it's a device for mental torture. And even the most diehard fans of the series would have to be truly blinkered to believe that this game was worthy of the licence. Put simply, it's nothing but a travesty.
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GameCubeGameSpy
Fans were understandably pleased when Konami resurrected its long-dormant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) license last Christmas. After all, the eponymous 1989 coin-op based on the franchise was a genre-defining beat-'em-up … and never properly ported onto the consoles of yore. Roughly 15 years later, BattleNexus stows a killer conversion of said four-player favorite away as a hidden bonus. The only problem: you have to suffer through a thankless chore of a modern-day pseudo-sequel before this extra -- the only item of value on the disc -- is unlocked.
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XboxGameSpy
Fans were understandably pleased when Konami resurrected its long-dormant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) license last Christmas. After all, the eponymous 1989 coin-op based on the franchise was a genre-defining beat-'em-up … and never properly ported onto the consoles of yore. Roughly 15 years later, BattleNexus stows a killer conversion of said four-player favorite away as a hidden bonus. The only problem: you have to suffer through a thankless chore of a modern-day pseudo-sequel before this extra -- the only item of value on the disc -- is unlocked.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
Fans were understandably pleased when Konami resurrected its long-dormant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) license last Christmas. After all, the eponymous 1989 coin-op based on the franchise was a genre-defining beat-'em-up … and never properly ported onto the consoles of yore. Roughly 15 years later, BattleNexus stows a killer conversion of said four-player favorite away as a hidden bonus. The only problem: you have to suffer through a thankless chore of a modern-day pseudo-sequel before this extra -- the only item of value on the disc -- is unlocked.
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WindowsJoystick (French)
Une fan fiction serait plus originale que le scénario, entièrement calqué sur la série, de Battle Nexus. Et je ne parle pas du gameplay répétitif et horriblement lassant, ni de l'IA inexistante des ennemis...