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With April O'Neil held hostage by The Shredder's thugs, Bebop and Rocksteady, once again, it's up to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come to her rescue! Play as all four of the turtle heroes, rescue April, and then rescue your sensei Splinter from Mecha-Turtles clutches than go after The Shredder deep in the bowels of The Technodrome itself.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an action game based on the late eighties/early nineties cartoon series of the same name. Play as Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Raphael (one turtle only, but the ability to swap between turtles at any time) as you save your friends and battle The Shredder and his cronies. There are no 'lives', as such - when you lose a turtle, he becomes 'captured', and you cannot use him again until you rescue him from a place hidden in the overworld.

Gameplay takes place in two perspectives: a top-down view, which lets you run around and explore buildings, sewers and other places. When entering places from the top-down view, the perspective shifts to a side-scrolling view, where most of the battling takes place. In addition to each turtle's main weapon, sub-weapons (such as shuriken) can be acquired, to use at foes - these have a limited use.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Area 6 - Inside the technodrome
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Area 6 - Showdown with Shredder.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES European title screen
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES You can change your turtle anytime during the game.

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Alternate Titles

  • "激亀忍者伝" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Tortugas Ninja" -- Spanish title
  • "TMNT" -- Abbreviated title
  • "TMHT" -- Abbreviated title (Europe)
  • "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" -- European title
  • ""Les Tortues Ninja"" -- French title
  • "Gekikame Ninja Den" -- Japanese title
  • "げきかめにんじゃでん" -- Alternate Japanese spelling (Hiragana)

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User Reviews

They really kowa-bungled this one. PCGamer77 (3237) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Evil. Nostalgic Evil. Guy Chapman (2002) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Go Ninja, go Ninja go! ETJB (450) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Player One Oct, 1990 85 out of 100 85 Feb 03, 2011 16 out of 20 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1989 9.4 out of 12 78
Joystick (French) Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Game Freaks 365 Nov 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Play Time Aug, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Megablast 1992 65 out of 100 65
neXGam 2002 5.9 out of 10 59
Power Play Mar, 1990 57 out of 100 57
The DOS Spirit Dec 16, 2011 3 out of 6 50


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Copy protection

TMNT for DOS was one of a few games from the period that featured copy-protection via a code sheet printed on so-called "copy proof" paper. This is dark maroon paper with black ink which most black and white copiers would not be able to copy in a readable form. The code sheet which was stapled into the game manual, featured hundreds of four digit numbers in a grid which you needed to look up to get into the game.

Cover art

The reason why the Turtles all wear red masks on the cover is because that's how it was in the comics.


In the movie The Wizard, Jimmy is seen playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the arcade at the Casino in Reno.


The translated Japanese title is "Ultra Turtle Ninja Legend".


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Most Eagerly Anticipated Game (that was released) (NES version)
    Information also contributed by Dan K, gamewarrior, and Robbb

    Related Web Sites

    • Howard & Nester do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In the July/August 1989 two-page installment, Nester helps the Ninja Turtles get through level three of their own game... and much pizza is eaten.)
    • (All sorts of info on the movies, comics and video games)
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Wikipedia (article in the open encyclopedia about the game)
    • Under Manhattan (A shrine site for the TMNT series)
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