There are many people who knows how popular the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series was back in the day. During the late 80’s and early 90’s TMNT was considered be icon with the television show from the 80’s and the three movies from the early 90’s. Also, TMNT: Turtles In Time from ’91 was arguably the best beat em up game from the 90’s decade depending on who you ask. Since the early 90’s the TMNT series slowly began to decline in popularity throughout the rest of the decade. However, during the early 00’s we got another TMNT television series that started in 2003. The TMNT animated television series aired mainly on Fox and lasted for seven seasons before it ultimately ended in 2009. The TMNT television series was so popular that it received its own video game for the PS2 GameCube, Xbox Microsoft Windows and even the Game Boy Advance which also came out 2003. The TMNT video game from ’03 was also a beat em up similar to the Manhattan Project or Turtles In Time from 1991. Unlike, the older TMNT games beat em up games which were 2D side-scrollers; Konami made TMNT ’03 a 3D beat em up game with cel-shaded graphics in relation to the character models.
As many people would expect all four of the turtles Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello were all playable characters. The story mode for TMNT ’03 was loosely based off of few episodes from the first season of the television show. Similar to most games within the TMNT series Shredder was the main villain; with the plot for the game being a bit darker than some of the past TMNT titles. In TMNT ’03 players discover group of genetically mutated humans who were all subjected to past experiments carried out by Shredder’s scientists. A bizarre crystal that Donatello found within his home was revealed to be the only thing that was keeping the mutated humans alive. In addition, to Shredder being the main antagonist other familiar villains appear in TMNT ’03; including Casey Jones, The Purple Dragon Thugs along with Baxter Stockman who had Raphael captured at one point within the game. As a game overall TMNT ’03 was pretty decent for a 3D beat em up. There were minors issues that plagued TMNT ’03 including poor artificial intelligence and overly simplistic gameplay. However, despite its faults the cel-shaded visuals in TMNT ’03 along with the storyline were strong points in this seemingly forgotten 3D beat em up game.