TMNT: Cowabunga Collection Release Date Revealed

By Jason Collins | Published

TMNT Cowabunga Collection

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise saw another rise in popularity recently, and not thanks to the eponymous movies by Michael Bay, but to the recent gaming releases, some of which are currently doing very well on Valve’s digital storefront. The fans of another highly-anticipated gaming title, the TMNT: Cowabunga Collection, comprised of a whole bunch of classic TMNT gaming titles, are still digging for more news about the upcoming Collection and we have news to share: the Collection’s release date has been revealed.

According to IGN, the developers of TMNT: Cowabunga Collection, Digital Eclipse — which specializes in porting vintage gaming titles — just revealed the Collection’s release date. Those nostalgically bound to re-play the games of their childhood can now do so on modern gaming systems once the Collection launches on August 30, 2022. The 8-bit and 16-bit classic games will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, granting gamers access to classics such as Turtles in Time without needing access to vintage gaming gear.

Developed by Digital Eclipse, TNMT: Cowabunga Collection caused quite a bit of commotion when it was first announced several months ago, mainly because some of the legendary TMNT games included in the pack are nearly impossible to obtain on modern consoles, making them inaccessible to the fans. Luckily, the game developer bundled up a baker’s dozen worth of games into a gaming collection which is becoming available not only to the long-time fans but to the current audiences as well, for the first time in more than two decades.

Interestingly enough, the games included in the TNMT: Cowabunga Collection are available to wider audiences individually, but mostly through console software emulation on PC, which isn’t always coded up to playable standards. On the other hand, still-functioning, modernized, and restored versions of vintage gaming gear, like the original Sega Genesis console that has been modded with an HDMI port, aren’t really cheap on the current market, and still-functioning gaming media that would carry the games (like cartridges) are nearly impossible to find these days.

This makes playing the individual gaming titles found in TMNT: Cowabunga Collection on their native consoles next to impossible for nearly everyone but a few select gaming collectors. The unification of different TMNT games under a single TMNT: Cowabunga Collection will make these games accessible to everyone on their chosen platforms once again. Digital Eclipse even threw in a couple of bonus features, like the original design documents, support of TMNT Arcade online play, Turtles in Time arcade, and TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist and Tournament Fighters.

Additionally, Konami showcased the limited edition of TMNT: Cowabunga Collection Collector’s Box Edition for consoles, which contains the physical copy of the game signed by Kevin Eastman, a cloth poster of Eastman’s adaptation of TMNT, multi-layer acrylic diorama, enamel pin set, and a trading card set. Additionally, there’s also a full-color artbook with 180 pages featuring chapters dedicated to each of the 13 games included in the TMNT: Cowabunga Collection.

The games included in TMNT: Cowabunga Collection spans the Golden Age of arcades to Sega Genesis and Game Boy consoles, with the modern gaming systems, and will become available for gamers on August 30, 2022.