August 5th 2009 7:54 am PT

Arcade: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled


Content: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not availabile in Japan and Korea
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) The Turtles are back! Relive, or discover for the first time, the flashy visual style and humor of one of the most acclaimed arcade games of all time. Starring Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo – everyone’s favorite pizza-loving, wise-cracking, reptilian crime fighters. The game has been recreated in beautiful full 3D HD graphics and enhanced animations but still has all of the favorite moments and gameplay from the original. Use pizza power-ups and huge body slams to make your way through history in an attempt to restore peace to the Big Apple. This game requires the Xbox 360 hard drive for storage.


Add Turtles in Time Re-Shelled to your Xbox 360 download queue



Arcade, Marketplace By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Ganon255

    Might actually get this. Thanks for the price drop! The link is dead btw.

  • Blue Thunder28


  • Farron

    Link doesn’t work for Australia. I can’t see it on the marketplace when I browse via the 360 either. Could you get this seen to, Major? I have really been hanging for this!

  • Anonymous

    i’d say 400 was better, my m8’s just finished this in 20minutes, not worth 800 points.

  • Echo307

    Awesome. Think I’ll pick this up if I can find someone to co-op with.

  • Chicken Wyng

    1200 was a definite no, but 800 has me thinking I might pick it up. Either way good to see Microsoft listens to us somewhat.


    @Farron, it is there you just have to look very hard, the marketplace is poorly organised and is never updated (you would have thought the the NXE update would have rectified this, but you guessed, it’s worse than it was before), but disappointed that Japan got Bubble Bobble Neo instead of turtles, I noticed major didn’t advertise this fact though!

  • FacchiniBR

    I’m buying this now! Thanks for the info Major!

  • rastansaga

    turtles is fun enough for a few hours play, but the fact that Japan got Bubble Bobble instead is annoying to say the least

  • Euphoric Fusion

    Was about to post saying that 1200 points was a definate non purchase for me… 800 points is making me think about it now.

  • Quicksand

    800 points is excellent. I’ll have a lot of fun playing co-op.

  • FacchiniBR

    Man the game is GREAT!
    The menu music is remixed, and omg, sounds nice!
    Gameplay is very good and adictive. Recommended!

  • BillyMagnumFOD

    Aww man! I knew this game was too short! now im def not buying….800 points shouldnt make you think again about buying….

  • HypnoticPenguin

    Would much rather have Bubble Bobble (one of my favourite games as a kid). Anyone know if and when that will be released outside of Japan?

  • Drunk Ste

    Played the demo and I just didn’t find it as fun as the SNES version, nostalgia isn’t clouding my judgement either because I played through the SNES version again just last night. I also don’t like the art style, Zelda: Wind Waker style cell shading would have suited it a lot more.

  • KMetalmind

    Where´s Bubble Bobble??? When will it be released??

    I hope this isn´t a japanese exclusive, and we get TMNT exclusive. I hate that kind of things and I thought it was something we could get away with XBLA, at least in classics…

    Will it be released over here? Is there any chance to get that game without having a japanese console, account and points???

  • FastOrc

    i will wait for trials HD :D

  • Sneeches

    I grew up with this game in my collection and its great to be able to go back and play it again on my next gen console. I love it, and its was gonna be a must have at 1200 pts but now that its 800 is even better!!!!

  • DsK UK

    Hey Major,

    Just heard that Valve are releasing more L4D content in september, however the PC version gets it for free, where we have to pay 560MSP for it.

    Did I imagine it, or didn’t you say you wouldn’t charge for something that’s free on another platform? Does the PC not count as a platform?

  • AARON82

    the snes version is better.i was hopng that we’d be able to play the original version aswell as the HD version,save your MSpoints get the better one of the net

  • SinAkunin

    The art style used is more in tune with the movie that was released a few years ago. And that movie was based on the art style used in the new TV series. I am still considering whether I should purchase this, way too busy on Sacred 2 and the new Fallout 3 DLC.

  • NvaderJim

    Cannot wait to play this TODAY!

  • wiirule111

    At 800 points i might buy this today. :-) ..At 1200..NEVER

  • Anonymous

    800 MS points is great but where is BUBBLE BOBBLE NEO !?

  • N3WB13 R0N

    Bubble bobble neo is not in marketplace because its only a japanes releese today i do belive.. maybe it will be in next week.. but it is summer of arcade so they dont want people to buy other games if you know what i mean..

  • DelRiego

    Does it have a classic mode? if not, I’m not interested but is good to see an 800msp price.

  • monosocratic

    Thanks for dropping the price $5. Now all of the entitled, spoiled brats that complained about the original price and said that it was the only thing keeping them from buying this game have to put their money where their whiny little mouth is.

  • GuZ1977

    Turtles in Time for 800 is great, but where’s my Bubble Bobble?

  • NavComm81

    From IGN Boards:

    “Well, it feels like just an hour ago I was downloading this game with high hopes. Oh wait. IT WAS.

    Here I sit, watching the credits roll, with the sound muted. Why is it muted, you ask? Let me start with that.

    This game has the worst soundtrack I have EVER heard in a video game, PERIOD. This music is seriously vomit inducing. It’s like the crap you’d hear on the dance floor Bar Mitzvah in which overprotective parents do not allow a DJ or any real music. Gone are the cherished songs that I’ve memorized for EVERY stage from the SNES/Arcade rendition. No joke, this is the PITS.

    Moving on, this is a brawler; it’s all about the gameplay, right? Well, let me tell you, this is THE worst gameplay I’ve ever played from any ported, re-made, or re-hashed brawler this generation. Let me just bold the following sentence, because its truth is sure to drop a few jaws. Hell, I will even isolate this sentence to its own paragraph.

    There are no combos in this game.

    Can you believe that? I can’t. As I write this, I just played as all four turtles, and NONE of them have any sort of combo whatsoever. If you press the attack button, it’s just slash, after slash, after slash, over, and over again. There’s no feeling of satisfaction when killing wave after wave of enemies with nary a single different type of attack at your disposal.

    Hell, in the SNES/Arcade versions, the characters would perform each move of their attacks at different speeds, and the end of their combo left them vulnerable. This is nothing of the sort. It’s just straight up hit after hit, nonstop, for the whole game. The only character who even LOOKS like he has combos is Donatello, as his three hit repetition looks quite convincing, but it repeats at a constant pace, and is no different than the rest. It’s ridiculously stupid.

    On top of that, aerial attacks are godly in this game. In the originals, if you missed an aerial attack, you were going to get hit in the face. In this? You just jump right back in the air and do it again, and again, and again, and enemies are just too slow to follow. Repeated drop kicks works like magic on EVERYONE, even ALL BOSSES! Basically, there’s no reason to do anything else. If you try to melee, you’re just asking to get hit every now and then.

    Remember those giant rock golem enemies that would come at you with their bare fists, dog whollopin’ 2×4’s, flamethrowers, and/or rocket launchers? The ones that you really had to keep your distance from and be careful with, because they will flatten you out if you don’t? Those guys are literally pushovers. You just run up, smack ‘em, and they fall to the ground like babies (on Normal, at least,) and you just pummel them like so, and they are easier than the Foot Soldiers. WTF?!

    Okay, maybe the visuals are good, right? LOL NO. The game’s got constant screen tearing (I played on 1080i,) even in the (barely) animated cutscenes! Hell, there was SLOWDOWN in the credits. As for the levels, they are faithful recreations of the original stages, only less detailed. What? LESS DETAILED, you ask?! Yes! These stages are bland, devoid of personality, and as crudely stale as can be. What a complete and total eyesore.

    Also, the bosses all look smaller, less menacing (Cement Man is now the size of one of the turtles…) and completely devoid of any challenge. It’s just way to easy to maneuver around them and hit them from any direction with the godly drop kicks. The final battle was only challenging because the boss had about 4x the health of the rest of the pushovers. Even then, it was just a lengthier borefest.

    This game is complete and total trash, and I’m so thankful I didn’t pay 1200 points for this. I do not regret the purchase, because I will be getting these 800 points back from the Summer of Arcade promo, so this game was essentially free. Still, I’ll go for the achievements, as some will take a (very small amount) of time, so I’m sure I’ll get my 10 bucks back in time spent with it, just not in terms of satisfaction, in which this game gives me none.

    I have yet to try online, but that will have to wait until later, as I’m still in disbelief that this is actually happening right now. If you aren’t going for all of the Summer of Arcade Games 800 points back promotion, stay the hell away from this pile of trash. If you are, buy it up, you’ve got nothing to lose.

    If I had to rate this out of 10?

    A TENTATIVE 3.5/10 (5/10 Being Average) – Assuming the online net-code works. If not, drop that down to a 2. This game sucks.

    Now, bring on Trials HD, and erase this turd from my memory! peace


    I just jumped into a random, 4-Player online game. There is ABSOLUTELY no lag in terms of slowdown or input delay, but only stuttering allies that sporadically appear and disappear on and off, kind of like HD Remix’ GGPO lag. It only happened briefly at the start, and the rest of the way through was completely solid.

    That said, all the entire group did was spam X attacks on mass mobs and drop kicks on bosses, and we effortlessly cleared it without a single continue. There are two harder modes of play, and a Survival mode; but really, it can only get cheaper, as there’s obviously never been a block ability, so it’s just same tactics, just used more reserved; and strategic and team-based use of pizza power-ups.

    This game could very well be great for 4 friends online, so long as you’ve got a LOT to talk about, because you won’t be focusing on the action to much, so long as you remember to keep mashing X. tongue

    Really, though, if you want a great 4 player co-op experience, this is not it; ‘Splosion Man is. This is just mindless brawling (and no, the original wasn’t nearly as mindless, as you actually had to be careful of leaving yourself open at the end of combos, which isn’t a factor, here,) with a horrid art style and even even worse soundtrack.

    Now, I still have yet to play with 3 people who aren’t pizza wasting fools, and have yet to touch this “Survival” mode, so that may give a few extra points to the score; but as it stands so far, it’s definitely not even 5/10 worthy, as it’s below average in every way possible. This isn’t IGN’s 7.0=Average scale, it’s on a 5=Average scale, by the way. If I had to scale it up to IGN’s standards, it’d be more like a 5-6/10.”

  • N3WB13 R0N

    NavComm81 stop posting trash this is well worth the buy.. its lots of fun.. everyone has there own oppition but serously its well worth the buy.. :D

  • Anonymous

    I agree, its a fun game, well worth 800 points. This guy that did the review is a jackass

  • drudaddy

    A very nice graphic upgrade indeed. This game will be in the top 10 arcade list for months to come.

  • ZaZeeMan

    drudaddy, I think you meant “for hours to come”. :)

    Seriously though, I have to get this because I have 5 and 6 year-old sons who will love this. Lately, they haven’t stopped playing Castle Crashers (which is in the opposite end of the longevity scale).

  • kuroi albatross

    I’m not interested in Turtles, where is Bubble Bobble?! I can’t believe a game like that has a Japan-only release!

  • a peeking duck

    It’s a port of the arcade version, not the SNES version which is the one most people have played. PASS

  • TheBlackPigeon

    Let it be said that any person going into a retro brawler expecting depth or longevity is a fool. You won’t find complicated combo strings or 20 hour long epics inside a TMNT or Final Fight cabinet. That’s not what they were about. Side scrolling brawlers are fun reduced into it’s rawest, simplest form. You and your friends pumping quarters in left and right to get past that nasty end level boss and move on.

    TMNT arcade games were all about this kind of simple fun, and Reshelled does a fine job of capturing that retro spirit, with a fresh coat of paint for good luck. Purists, however, are going to be a bit disappointed that there is no option to switch over to classic sprites or the original music. This is a remake in every sense of the word, so if you’re expecting 100% arcade perfection, I suggest holding on to your points. If you’re of the more lenient sort, then Reshelled is well worth your time and money. Especially with three of your friends!

    The ol’ “two cents”, if you will.

  • Etrian

    Is it really based off the arcade version and not the SNES one? They are totally different.

    If so, it is trash.

    Bubble Bobble Neo will probably come in a few weeks..

  • NavComm81

    I’m not saying it’s a terrible game, it’s just a basic review posted by someone else. I tried the demo, and although I didn’t think it was terrible, I didn’t exactly find it as feeling ‘fun’.

  • theuglyteradon

    I’m going to have to agree with DsK UK on the content question for L4D… if anything why are we paying so much? Would offering it for free really not be that cost effective? We already spent ten extra dollars to play it on a network that we already pay for. I’m just saying, that this doesn’t make much sense. This is something I am going to play on my PC instead of my 360.

    Anyway, I already bought Ninja Turtles this morning and can’t wait to play it!

  • DeathConvoy

    @DsK UK: PC users also got the Mass Effect expansion free, yet it is still charged on the marketplace.

    PC users get the L4D stuff free, as the game must be played on Valve’s delivery system, Steam – they can release updates and patches as often as they like, and have plenty of advertising on other games available through their system – I’m just pleased that the 360 is getting attention, even if it must be bought, unlike Team Fortress 2 (PC version has around 250 achievements in TF2 alone).

    Off topic aside, TMNT:TiT is fantastic. Well worth the 800 credits for all the hard work gone into the game… unlike a certain other game that came out last week.

  • BillyMagnumFOD

    Im sorry but as a huge fan….this version sucks. Theres no charm or anything that made me want to buy it for $10. I want the old version.

  • Jay ITFC

    Awful gameplay, so repititive. The original at 400 points is a much better buy…

  • Mike Kelehan

    I have to agree with everyone who asks why Bobble Bobble isn’t available. It’s done, it’s tested, I want to play it, and I can’t. Why?

  • a peeking duck

    I read Bubble Bobble Neo is due out August 8th. Which is a weird date…

  • Archangel3371

    Wow. I can’t believe I’m saying this but this game sure is a mixed bag. While they did an admirable job graphically, there are some cool aspects here and there, it doesn’t have the same charm as the original graphics. I hate the new remixed soundtrack. Very good move dropping the price though. While I’m still glad I got the game I would have been overwhelmingly more happy had the option to play with the original graphics and soundtrack even at $15.

  • Anonymous

    People this is not a port of the snes version, its a port of the arcade. STOP COMPAIRING IT TO THE SNES VERSION

  • Potentialflip

    Wow, someone called this game trash just because it is the Arcade version? It is still a classic that has been revamped or reshelled in this case. Other than the music my friends and I have been enjoying playing this like we were back in the Arcades. Aside from the one level that was inputted to the console version because it suited a two player system and some levels featuring different bosses makes it way better and the arcade all trash? The only thing memorable about that level was Shredder in a battle tank (which is technically the only thing I would say man I wished they had it in the game). Other than that it is still enjoyable I will say the music is a bit bad (but at least we got voices back instead of the text stuff when the bosses show up).

  • metallicorphan

    where the hell is my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme music?…good to see April back to her dishy best

    but i think i am gonna try and save the 1300 points i have in my account for that shadow complex game at the end of the month

    the trial for turtles was quite cool…just no turtle theme music,i will have to replay the older turtles arcade game on XBLA for that

  • BrooksterMax

    oooo if April is fit metalicorphan, then Im buying :O

  • BillyMagnumFOD

    @o0 Daz 0o Hello we know its a port of the arcade game which is even better than the snes version. THIS VERSION IS GARBAGE. Stop thinking its a good buy! 800 points for 20mins or 25mins playtime? Put dad’s credit card down and stop wasting money on garbage or thats what we will keep getting on XBL. MAJOR LETDOWN!! COME ON TRIALS HD!!!!