| genre = Beat 'em up
| modes = Single playercooperative
| ratings =
| platforms = Nintendo Entertainment System
| media = 4-megabit cartridge
| requirements =
| input = NES controller
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project is the third video game iteration in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan on December 13 1991, and in North America in February 1992. It was developed and published by Konami. The game was released in Japan as because the original video game had its title changed for its Japanese release, affecting the numbering of its two sequels.
While vacationing at a beach in Key West
, the Turtles see April's
latest news report on the escalating crime statistics. The network's signal goes out goes out during the broadcast, and Shredder
appears on screen with a message directed at the turtles themselves. He raises the entire island of Manhattan
skyward above New York City
and takes April as hostage. Seeing this, the turtles return to Manhattan to rescue April and defeat Shredder.
Following its predecessors, the game is a beat 'em up
. One or two players can choose from the four turtles, and two different game modes which allow for the players to attack each other in one and fight together in the other. The players move forward through various levels, fighting Shredder's minions. When the player loses a life, they can switch characters before continuing. If a player has lost all their life reserves they can make a comeback by stealing one of the other player's life reserves. Each turtles has a unique special attack that costs one health point to use.