Though it’s still far away from its release date, the previously announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection is now announced as a two-tier release: a Standard Edition and a limited-edition Collector’s Box — the latter of which is sporting quite a hefty price tag. Still, it’s also the perfect release for the long-time fans of the franchise, as it includes several gifts that would be highly valued by TNMT connoisseurs of all ages and types.
According to Destructoid, Konami showcased the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collector’s Box edition for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, which are now available for pre-order at retailers like Best Buy and Target. Sporting a steep price tag of $150, the limited-edition Collector’s Box is filled with nostalgic memorabilia and includes the following items:
- A physical copy of the game with the original box signed by Kevin Eastman (co-creator of TNMT)
- Cloth poster featuring Eastman’s adaptation of TNMT: Turtles in Time (16” by 24”)
- Multi-layer acrylic diorama of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo (4.5” by 5”)
- Enamel pin set of five classic designs – The Technodrome, Turtle Blimp, Party Wagon, Shredder, and Krang
- Set of 12 translucent comic style character trading cards based on TMNT: Tournament Fighters with rarely seen appearances from Wingnut, Armaggon, Chrome Dome, War, Aska, Karai, and more (3” by 5”)
- Full-color artbook with 180 pages featuring a chapter dedicated to each of the 13 games in the compilation
Although Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection is also coming to PC, much to the content of PC gamers, the physical Collector’s Box is only available for console versions of the game. PC gamers are only receiving a digital release of the aforementioned game, which is much more reasonably priced — sitting at a more affordable end of the price spectrum at only $40. Admittedly, the allure of a physical version is pretty strong here, considering just how muck keepsakes the Collector’s Box offers.
Considering just how much the price of gaming memorabilia has skyrocketed over the years, Konami’s idea of slapping a $150 price sticker on the pack isn’t as unreasonable as some might believe. Pokemon cards and vintage Mario games are selling for eye-watering sums, so it wouldn’t be surprising if some non-console gamers or even some non-gamers would invest in the Collector’s Box — its mint-condition value might reach incredible heights in a couple of years.
With all of that said, both editions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection bundles up a baker’s dozen of classic TNMT gaming titles into a singular release. These span the Golden Age of arcades to Sega Genesis and Game Boy consoles, allowing gamers to relive the joys of playing the beloved ‘80s classics on modern platforms. Despite the newest announcements of a two-tier release, the collection still lacks a release window, let alone a release date, so nobody really knows when to expect it. However, we know the list of platforms and the approximate pricing of various game editions.