Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III could be considered one of the best NES games you could ever find. It’s very similar to the second game that features side scrolling action, except that it’s a lot better. Of course, you have the same option of choosing one from out of the four Turtle brothers namely Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo, and Donatello. Moreover, the same enemies are back once more along with the addition of a few new ones.

What is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 3?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 3: The Manhattan Project was released in 1992 by Konami. It’s a side scrolling beat ‘em up game that features the same characters from the previous game. Basically, the game is the third instalment in the series and doesn’t add to much new content but instead focuses on improving the already existing beat ‘em up formula.

Game Progression

The story starts as April having been kidnapped by Shredder, and it falls on the shoulders of the Turtles to rescue her. But aside from the usual damsel in distress plot, the entire city of Manhattan has been converted into a floating island by Krang. Hence, the Turtles should make their way through by fighting against the Foot Clan once more. The story doesn’t really offer something new, as it’s basically the same as in any other Turtle game.

Design and Gameplay

The game’s predecessor, Turtles 2, has become a huge hit due to its exciting gameplay. Fortunately, the same gameplay has returned in Turtles 3, except that it’s been improved this time. You can perform moves without any difficulties, and special moves can be executed by just pressing both A and B buttons at the same time. In spite of that, the game isn’t as easy to beat compared to Turtles 2. And to add more to the fun, it’s now possible for two players to play the game simultaneously.

For the graphics, you can expect Turtles 3 to have significantly improved visuals compared to the second game. Each background is well-detailed, enemies are well-designed, colours are appealing, and a lot more. The quality of the sound is even amazing and perfectly suited to certain situations such as Boss battles and more. And like any other Turtles game, you can always expect to hear the TMNT theme in game.


• A lot better than the previous title
• Enhanced graphics and gameplay


• Game can get too repetitive and doesn’t offer much replay value


The simple fact that you can play this game in multiplayer makes it a solid choice for avid TMNT fans who want to play the game together with their friends. As being an improved version of the previous TMNT title, you’ll definitely find this game really fun and exciting to play, especially if you’ve played the other Turtles games before. Compared to other side scrolling games for the NES, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: The Manhattan Project is a game worth trying and will give a good few hours of fun.