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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Smash, but surprisingly fun, October 31, 2009
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This review is from: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up (Video Game)
A lot of reviewers have compared Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up to Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and I think the comparison is pretty good. The gameplay feels a lot like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, even going so far as incorporating strong "A button" moves. I think if you like Smash and want more, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up would be a good addition.

A lot of reviewers have criticized this game for not having a lot of characters. I think there's some truth to that, but not a whole lot. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up does have fewer characters initially, but there are at least some secret characters. Also, let's remember that Super Smash Bros. Brawl had more characters, but less than half were even decent and most were lousy. Whenever I played with my friends, we tended to only use about 3 characters each. Frankly, adding a bunch of Jigglypuffs to the character roster did not really do much for me. By contrast, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up, I get the sense that most of the characters are roughly equivalent and good to play with.

This game also has a few innovations not seen in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I like the stages a lot better. More room to fight, as well as more interaction between the stage and the characters. In one stage, a giant alligator will eat your character if you're not careful. Also, the characters can hang onto walls.

At the end of the day, is this game as good as Super Smash Bros. Brawl? Probably not. Smash was unique, like a first love. However, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up is fun in its own right and worth trying if you want more Smash-style playing or different characters.
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2009, 9:56:53 AM PST
Mal says:
It's been confirmed that there are 16 playable characters total. I think what got many fans frustrated are that 3 of those players are forms of Rabbids (another popular UbiSoft franchise), which they chose to include rather than spending the time on more characters from the TMNT franchise.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2009, 10:01:59 AM PST
Arnold says:
You're right about rabbids - I'm not crazy about the rabbids, but I don't think it kills the game. The game website though has more than 16 characters (or at least more than 16 question marks). Where did you get the 16 number? I am still hoping that Ubisoft has kept a few characters secret and hasn't yet revealed them...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2010, 9:06:11 AM PST
Mal says:
Here's confirmation on the UbiSoft Smash-Up forum:
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9261054957/m/2321025197

The moderator really deflected the question, but claims somewhere in the thread that it represents "unlockable costumes" or something. Additionally people have pulled apart a ROM of the game from the CD, showing there are only 16 characters.

While I haven't participated in the forum, I've kept an eye on that and the website and it's really been sad. The website hasn't updated in any way since 10/21/09 (no way those "?"s are ever filled in), and the UbiSoft staff has stopped responding to any fans on the forum since mid-November.

It's a shame really... it's not a bad game or engine, but some poor choices led to a lot of antagonized fans, and the lack of any acknowledgement of this by UbiSoft has really just made them angrier. The company initially refused to admit any mistakes or shortcomings, and now has just abandoned the game entirely.

I would love them to try to fix their mistakes and improve on the game in Smash Up 2. Ideally this would include completely revamping the 1-player mode (the one they had was horrid) and doubling the size of the roster (25 years of Turtles history requires a lot of characters. No skimping this time). If they do this I would suck it up and buy again... but next time it won't be a first day purchase for me, and I'll wait to make sure they've done everything right before buying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2010, 9:08:06 AM PST
Arnold says:
Mal, thanks for the update. I was holding out hope for more characters, but I guess that isn't happening. It is disappointing. I'll update my review.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012, 7:41:24 AM PST
B Nissen says:
What the heck's up with all the annoying links in the review?! Review NOT helpful!
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