Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Tournament Fighters

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Tournament Fighters
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a game by Konami
Genres: Fighting Games, Multiplayer/Hotseat
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, NESNES
Editor Rating: 8.7/10, based on 10 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 4 votes
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See also: Ninja Games, TMNT Games
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Tournament Fighters
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Tournament Fighters
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Tournament Fighters

Time to get mean and green with the Genesis! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters dishes out its own unique brand of fighting action, which is different from the SNES version. Even if it won't make you forget Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition, it's at least a good stablemate.

Splinter Removed

Hey, somebody wrapped a story line around a fighting game! Four evil purple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have bagged Master Splinter and whisked him away to Dimension X. Now the green good guys must mount a rescue by recruiting fishy Ray Fillet, buggy Sisyphus, Casey Jones (of course), and even April O' Neil for some feisty one-on-one fighting action.

The aforementioned lineup ought to make TMNT fans go "ahhhhh." This game draws its bad-amphibian attitude, as well as its I characters, directly f from the comic book. You can choose from the eight heroic characters. The four sinister Turtles and crafty clones of your pals lead the bad guys. Later, as you beat up on Krang's gang, you face Triceraton, Krang, and Karai (the supremely evil female Shredder-wannabee).

Fighting As You Like It

Tournament Fighters plants your tail in four fighting modes, where you definitely get your one-on-one workout. In Story Mode, you planet hop to seven worlds and pound it out in a spaceship. Tournament Mode tests you in 88 matches, where you must beat each character 11 times. Naturally, you can pound a pal in Two Player Mode. It's highly likely you'll need a workout via Practice Mode.

The game offers adequate handicapping. You can adjust each fighter's Speed and Power to eight settings, pump up skill levels eight notches, and give yourself up to seven continues. You can also set wins for the best out of two, five, or seven rounds.


  • Following a special attack projectile hi is a good way to set up another attack.
  • CPU opponents love it when you jump in to attack.
  • Press Down-Toward to pull a low Fierce blow with any character.

Tough Turtles?

Tournament Fighters for the Genesis puts up a good, fun fight, but it's not as complex as either Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition or Tournament Fighters for the SNES. Street Fighter stalwarts will like the fact that you can string together some moves for Combos, but they'll miss the absent SF-style Two-in-Ones.

Just the same, you get a workable arsenal, even though fighting only uses two buttons on the standard controller. There are six punches, six kicks, a hold or a choke, and a block. Additionally, every character has three or four Special Attacks. Button C is only used to taunt your foes. That's a kick when you're beating up a buddy, but using C for added firepower would have been preferable.

The punches and kicks include Fierce blows when you press the directional pad towards an opponent. This also means hitting the diagonal directionals with precision and frequency, sometimes a challenge with an old Genesis controller.

  • To make a throw or a choke, move into your opponent, press Left or Right toward your foe, then hit B.
  • Try to fake out human opponents. Make a move that the other guy will try to block, then hit him with your real attack.
  • Learn to block or learn to accept defeat.
  • When an opponent jumps in on you, you can usually nail 'em with a low blow. Press Down and hit either A or B.

Eyes, Bars, & Shells

The graphics are good Genesis fare. Turtle fans will dig the comic's supporting cast of characters come to life, such as Casey Jones.

Get your ears in gear. The rad rocking music rises a notch above other fighting games. The effects sound off effectively with violent grunts, groans, and body shots.

Fight the Good Fight

TMNT: Tournament Fighter is a good Genesis fighting game. Although it can't vie for Street Fighter's top spot, it pounds out a solid bid for second place. If you want a break from the Street Fightin' action, warm down with the Turtles.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michaelangelo are NES classics. Too bad that old format couldn't have been a little kinder to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in their latest incarnation. This time Konami disarms them from their famous martial arts weapons and makes them fight each other one-on-one.

Shred-head Dread

If you need to be goaded into taking on an NB one-on-one Street Fighter wannabee... heeeeere's Shredder. This time the Turtles decide to fight hand-to-hand to determine who deserves the honor to meet -- and defeat -- the evil Kuroku Saki.

This version of Tournament Fighters offers four play modes, including a four-player Tournament Mode. In Story Mode, you pick a Turtle champion and fight the remaining Turtles and two pals, Casey jones and the Samurai-Dragon, Hothead. CPU and Versus Player modes are self-explanatory one-on-one fights.

Fighting an Undercard

The fighters' standard arsenal is serviceable. You get three punches, three kicks, and a block. Additionally, each fighter has a throw, a choke, or a bite, and two documented Special Attacks. Standing punches and kicks produce variations if you're toe-to-toe with your foe.

The frisky fighting action holds your attention, but it isn't going to make you sweat. You can bump speed three levels up to Turbo Mode, and that's the way to play.


  • If your opponent's righting from the crouching position, watch out.
  • If you toss a Burst Attack as Shredder, the flames will disappear if you press any button before they reach their target. You can't move in behind this Special Attack. Remember this info so that you don't waste a shot, or you can use it to fake out an opponent.
  • Since all the Turtles' Special Attacks require you to hold either Down or Down-Toward to charge them up, practice defensive and offensive moves from the crouching position as you charge. You can then launch a sneaky Special.
  • Some fighters have undocumented special moves.

Your eyes and ears are going to take a slight beating here. The graphics put on a decent NES show, with detailed character pix and swift animation, but the dark, dreary background colors are a downer. The sound effects and music are best kept at low volume.

Save the Turtles

Konami's latest dip into the Sewers of Manhattan produces a workable NB fight, but it comes up a tad murky. Yanking the Turtles' weapons definitely makes them lose some bite. Either yah gotta love them Turtles or you must really need an NB fight to get into this game.

It's going to take a heroic effort for any game to knock Street Fighter II off its champion's perch. So how about four heroes in a half shell? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters is a mean SNES contender!

Be Turtles Tough

You can enter the Tournament as one of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael, of course) or six other TMNT characters: War, Chrome Dome, Aska, Wingnut, Armaggon, and Cyber Shredder. But watch your tails, this is no cartoon show! The attitude these dudes display (Turtles included) is mundo mean.

This tough-as-toenails tourney is no kiddee's club! However, the fierce fighting action is suitable for players of all calibers and age groups, thanks to its seven skill levels. You can also pump up the speed two levels or set game time to four lengths, including bop-till-you-drop infinity time.

There are three primary modes of play: Tournament, Story Battle, and Vs. Battle (against a pal). All are outstanding one-on-one matchups, maxxed with fighting action. If you prefer to see rather than do, choose the Watch Mode to set up and view a CPU-controlled fight.

Mutant Turtles Versus World Warriors

Is Tournament Fighters as good as Street Fighter II Turbo? It's not as fast, but in all other aspects it's pretty darn close! In fact, there's enough similarity here to entertain even hardened SF II snobs and stiffs, provided they can get into the Turtles.

The excellent controls put you totally in charge of your Turtle or Turtle foe. Each fighter has a formidable arsenal of basic fighting skills: two punches, two kicks: two throws, chokes, or bites; and a block. Each basic punch and kick has jumping and crouching variations. Additionally, there are three Special Attacks and one Ultimate Attack per fighter. Firing off an Ultimate Attack depends on your ability to score hits on your foe, which powers up an Ultimate Attack gauge.


  • CPU opponents like to attack through the air and fire medium-range projectile attacks. Practice countermoves against these attacks.
  • Cyber Shredder is the most powerful character.
  • To make a throw or a choke, you must be close enough to your opponent that at least your toes touch theirs. Then, press either Left or Right and X or A.

Street Fighter II vets will recognize clone moves based on such SF II staples as Spinning Pile Drivers, Flash Kicks, Hurricane Kicks, and even Hundred-Hand Slaps. Moreover, Controller motions and Charges are similar, too. As in SF II, you can toss projectile attacks, throws, and holds. Two-in-one attacks and combination attacks are there for those skilled enough to find them. You can even Dizzy an opponent.

  • You can block another fighter's projectile attack with your own.
  • You're asking for trouble if you begin a Special Attack from too far away.
  • Blocking is a key skill, especially for beginners. However, you absorb some damage whenever you block.
  • The Ultimate Attack can be a great finishing move...or a desperate act.

In Your Eyes... and Ears

The game's graphics are imaginative, but a tad less sharp than other Konami SNES games. However, the precise animation catches every muscle flex of the fighting action. The 10 background scenes are simply gorgeous, and the character art is Turtles true!

Even the sounds grab you. The voice blasts a cool assortment of grunts, groans, taunts, and yuks. The effects catch every slap, punch, and foot in your face.

Pizza Power!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles score a knockout! If you're strung out on Street Fighter, you get no break here. If you're a Turtle maniac interested in an SF-quality fighting game, this game delivers. Tournament Fighter is one shelluva fighting game.

Well, it wasn't exactly essential to do a version of this game for 8-Bit, but on the smaller platform, TMNT: TF does pretty well. Even with just two buttons, there are plenty of special moves, but a lot of break-up and flicker!

  • Manufacturer: Konami
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Theme: Fighting
  • Release: 1993

People say:


Fantastic! This has got to be one of the best fighting games next to SF2, and in some cases better than SF2! The voices are crisp and clear, plus the control is absolutely wonderful! Another factor that I truly like is the story mode set up with dialog boxes unraveling the whole plot! There is a lot of techniques to learn, and plenty of combos that will get you really going! Another great hit from the pros at Konami!


Look out! The preliminary version of this game we received months ago didn't prepare me for how this cart would turn out. This is the definitive fighting game around (besides Street Fighter, of course), but the number of variety of characters, excellent special attacks and the wild finishing moves add up to one serious winner. If Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat have you down, be sure to check this one out!


It takes a company as good as Konami to bring out a game that could literally take on SF2! TF is a perfect blend of the best game play elements from SF2 and MK with the added bonus of using your favorite TNMT characters. The game play is great and all the little details, such as combos and finishing moves, have been included. Adjustable speed, Versus Mode and excellent graphics are just the beginning.


TMNT: Tournament Fighters is a real surprise. Fighting fans will definitely want to check it out! The fighters are all unique in their prospective ways (the ones that look the dumbest end up being the toughest), plus the moves are remarkably easy to execute, making it also e great game for beginner fighters! All this and turbo speeds that you won't believe! Great voice and music also deserve mention!

  • # of players: 1 or 2-players
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: December 1993
  • Theme: Fighting

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are busting out of the side-scrolling game arena and into the world of one-on-one combat! Choose from 10 fighters, each with his or her own different moves! There is also an Ultimate Finishing Move that can be performed when the green meter (below your life meter) is full. There are three games to choose from: a Story Mode, a Tournament Mode and a VS.. Mode! There is also a Watch Mode where you pick the fighters, and the computer lets them fight to the finish. Let's kick shell!

  • Genesis
  • Fighting

Heads up fightin' fans, another fantastic, fist-flinging, street fighting-type cart is making its way to the Genesis!

The masterminds at Konami have whipped up this cool Turtles cart, and loaded it with lots of options and special moves. Despite only really using two of the controller's buttons (the third is used for the taunts...), each of the eight playable characters have an assortment of dazzling moves.

If you expected this to be a clone of the Super NES version, you are WRONG! This is a completely new and separate cart.

TMNT: TF features voice and dark graphics representing the original comic look of the turtles. If you are a TMNT fan and own a Genesis, look to this one for real excitement!

Oh no! What happened to this one? The Super NES version was excellent, but this one isn't even close. There aren't many moves and the fighters are unappealing. The game also has a darker look and feel.

  • Fighting

For those of you wondering if Konami would ever make another Turtles game, here lies the answer. The new game is rather similar to your typical street fighting game. You must master a variety of special moves in order to defeat a number of foes.

As one could expect with the Turtles, you get an exciting spectacle of martial arts with high-tech technology. All the turtles are here, along with all their friends and enemies. Even the vicious Shredder is here, and he and his Footclan seem tougher than ever!. Though this cart is unlike its predecessors, it still packs in the fun and thrills of the Turtle comics, cartoons and movies.

Turtle Mania is about to turn the corner onto Fighting Street. The heroic, amphibious foursome -- Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo -- will be meaner (and greener) than ever in Konami's new one-on-one fighting game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighter.

Shell Shock

Tournament Fighter is not just another Konami Turtles adventure. This time, the heroes in a half shell go for the jugular one-on-one against their most ferocious foes, and even against each other! One or two combatants can play in a Tournament Mode, a Versus Battle, and a Story Mode. The fights take place in 10 exotic death traps.

You can play six other Tournament Fighters in addition to the four Turtles, but don't expect to see other TV regulars. In fact, Bebop, Rocksteady, and even the Foot are mere spectators. Instead, you'll face fierce Turtle foes from the comic and the action figure collections, such as War, Armaggon the Shark Man, and, of course, Shredder. Each fighter luckily commands a nasty set of moves, including Fierce Punches, Fierce Kicks, Throws, and Weapon Techniques.

Green Meanies

The Turtles appear set for a serious shell-lacking. Master Splinter, where are you?

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