Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)

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Description

April O'Neil, the reporter friend of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is kidnapped by the villainous Shredder and his two goons, Bebop and Rocksteady. The four ninja turtles: Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo fight their way through hordes of Foot Soldiers in order to rescue April. They battle familiar foes such as the mad scientist Baxter Stockman, General Traag from Dimension X and the evil alien brain Krang, up to the final showdown with Shredder himself.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an arcade game made by Konami during the height of the cartoon series' popularity. Depending on the version of the game, up to two, three or four players can take part in the action. The game plays like a simplified Double Dragon. While most of the standard Foot Soldier enemies are easily dispatched, some attack with knives or ray guns and are thus more dangerous. At the end of each level, players encounter a boss (or in certain cases two bosses working in tandem, such as Bebop and Rocksteady).

The NES version of the game, renamed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game, features additional content not present in other versions of the game: two new levels (Snowy Central Park and The Dojo), new bosses (including Tora, Shogun and Baxter Stockman as a fly), additional music tracks as well as more variations of Foot Soldiers.

Screenshots

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Only Michaelangelo falls.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Krang, without body, greatly overestimating his ability
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Pizza Hut product placement
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Title screen (European version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Tortugas Ninja 2: The Coin-Op" -- Spanish title
  • "TMNT 2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game" -- C64 U. S. title
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game" -- US NES title
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Classic Arcade" -- Xbox 360 title
  • "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Coin-Op!" -- European computer title
  • "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles II: The Arcade Game" -- European NES title
  • "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" -- European computer in-game title

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User Reviews

The original TMNT game! Mumm-Ra (379) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
I have always liked... Cowabunga. ETJB (447) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1990 33 out of 40 82
Nintendo Power Magazine Feb, 1991 4 out of 5 80
1UP! Jul 03, 2009 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Dec, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Joystick (French) Apr, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Game Freaks 365 2006 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Mean Machines Mar, 1992 64 out of 100 64
The Video Game Critic Jun 15, 2004 C- 42

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Trivia

Freebies and Offers

The 1991 original Spectrum box release came with:
  • Buy one get one free pizza offer
  • Chance to buy an LCD Turtles game
  • Free Turtle's Snapper camera (if the purchaser joined the Turtles Fan Club)

Manual

The 1991 original Spectrum box release had a manual that was printed on the back of a large Turtles poster that would look great on the wall. However the game also used a copy protection system and all the codes were on the back of the poster, so while playing one couldn't really have the poster on the wall at all

Sales

  • The NES version is a conversion of the blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game which was released in 1989 and became Konami's strongest title.
  • According to Microsoft, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game was the top-selling Xbox Live Arcade game for the Xbox 360 in 2007.

Awards

  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #70 “Readers' Top 100”
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