TMNT: Cowabunga Collection surprised everybody when it was announced, to say the least. It is a collection of thirteen TMNT games that were developed by Konami between 1989 and 1993. For anyone of us who grew up watching TMNT and reading the comics, this was a very pleasant surprise.
The games in the collection were developed for various platforms such as the NES, Gameboy, Sega Genesis, and Arcade cabinets. The TMNT: Cowabunga Collection compiles all of these in one nifty package for PC, current and previous generation consoles, for all old and new audiences to enjoy.
The developer of the collection, Digital Eclipse, is not new to this sort of thing. They have done some amazing work with other retro collections as well such as Mega Man Legacy Collection, The Disney Afternoon Collection, and the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, among others.
TMNT: Cowabunga Collection adds save states, rewind functions, button mapping, as well as online capabilities in certain games and local co-op in all games where it was originally intended. It also features an in-game museum that offers previously unseen development art, sketches, and game design material for the titles.
Almost every game includes both the western and Japanese versions, and all these nifty additions for modern consoles and audiences make the collection even more appealing.
Now, an independent developer is working on bringing the collection to the Sega Dreamcast, as pointed out by Dreamcast Hub.
— Dʀᴇᴀᴍᴄᴀꜱᴛ ʜᴜʙ (@DreamcastHubCom) September 8, 2022
To say that Ian Michael is a fan of the Sega Dreamcast would be an understatement. Judging by his YouTube channel, this is not his first attempt at bringing a game to Dreamcast. His channel is filled with successful attempts to port games over to the console, so he definitely has plenty of experience.
In the about section of the channel, Ian states, “I have been a homebrew dc coder since 2002”, so no doubt remains he has the skills, however, many are doubtful if this is possible, in the comments of Dreamcast Hub’s tweet.
One user writes, “IMHO, the DC isn’t capable of running all those games without cutting corners. And fitting all the extras the collection has to offer on a CD-ROM could become quite a problem. Surely doable, but not without a lot of limitations and compromises and thus rather unnecessary IMHO.”
However, according to the videos and updates Ian has posted, progress is being made smoothly on bringing TMNT: Cowabunga Collection to the Dreamcast.
No doubt Ian has taken on a monumental task, but the developer is surely equipped for it with not only extensive experience but also the necessary skills they have acquired over a long period of time of passionate dedication to the Dreamcast.
The Dreamcast was a beloved console with a very short life. It was actually the very first sixth-generation console and preceded PlayStation 2, Gamecube, and Xbox. It was severely overwhelmed by the PS2 and after a leadership change in Sega, the Dreamcast was discontinued in 2001.
However, it was considered ahead of its time, as can be exemplified by the fact that The Dreamcast was the first console to include a built-in modular modem for internet access and online play. It has developed quite a cult following, with it being very popular in the homebrew scene, to this day.
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