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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, and then 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.

Screenshots

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Area 5 - Overmap - Shredders Base in South Bronx
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Shredder leaves the turtles the bad news of splinter
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Last of the Eight bombs to defuse. Note watch out for the seaweed
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Area 3 Map. The Turtle Van makes it appearance in this area

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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 (3234) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Evil. Nostalgic Evil. Guy Chapman (2001) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Go Ninja, go Ninja go! ETJB (450) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Quebec Gamers Jul 27, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Player One Oct, 1990 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1989 9.4 out of 12 78
Joystick (French) Sep, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Retro Game Reviews Aug 12, 2015 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1989 23 out of 40 58
Questicle.net Sep, 2013 C+ 58
The DOS Spirit Dec 16, 2011 3 out of 6 50
The Video Game Critic Jun 15, 2004 C- 42

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Trivia

Copy protection

TMNT 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.

Buggy DOS version

The DOS version of the game released in the USA is infamous on its own right. Apart from being usually derided as a poor game (nothing unusual when it comes to games covering comic book, film or TV licenses), a glitch made it impossible to reach the end of an intermediate stage. The only way to reach the further stages was by using passwords. Apparently the UK version of the game (labeled as "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles", as opposed to "Ninja Turtles") corrected this bug and can be finished without cheating.

Cover art

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

References

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

Title

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

Awards

  • 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.)
    • NinjaTurtles.com (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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