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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in a half-shell
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Arcade Machine
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
The Arcade Game
Enough green already, sheesh! I don‘t know about
you, but when I see or hear those words…Teenage Mu-
tant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…I
can‘t help but sing the whole song whether it‘s in my
head or out loud! In fact, I‘ve sang it so much that my
three-year-old daughter can sing the whole song!
1989 Standup Arcade Poster Art 1990 NES Box Cover Art
Ah memories, nostalgia, uh, the 80s? Yes, well back in
1984, a couple of men by the name of Kevin B. East- To start, the actual arcade machine was produced in
man and Peter A. Laird debuted their comic book called mass by Konami in 1989. The game is a side-scrolling
―Eastman and Laird‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‖ at beat‘em up where you can play as one of the four Tur-
a comic book convention in Portsmouth, New Hamp- tles - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael.
shire. They brought the sleeper hit in a limited run of Leonardo seems to be pretty well-rounded, Michelan-
3,000, on oversized newspaper print and with black gelo and Raphael have short but very fast attacks, and
and white art. The limited run made this comic an in- Donatello is the slowest but with the longest range of
stant collector‘s item which not only made the original attack.
comic worth upwards of fifty times more then the cover The arcade game was originally released as a four-
price almost instantly, but also got the Turtles‘ name person arcade machine so you and three of your
out and created a demand for more issues. friends could play as the Turtles and save April! There
Many more Turtles‘ comics were made and they moved are eight levels in the game including the streets/April‘s
to different publishers a couple of times, but what loft where you fight Rocksteady, streets (again) where
really got them popular was their own television car- you fight Beebop, a sewer where you fight Dr. Baxter in
toon show called, ―The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.‖ his flying machine, a parking lot where you fight both
It debuted on December 14, 1987 in a five-part mini- Rocksteady and Beebop, a secret factory where you
series format, but due to its success became a syndi- fight General Traag (sometimes spelled Tragg), and
cated Saturday morning cartoon on October 13, 1988. finally the Technodome where you fight Granitor,
The television show became so popular that they made Krang, and the meanest sob that ever lived (at least in
action figures, video games, and even a trilogy of mov- the TMNT world), Shredder!
ies! Unfortunately, after many changes to the cartoon, The game takes about twenty to thirty minutes to beat
it got canceled and aired its last episode on November depending how good you are and can cost anywhere
2, 1996. from a dollar to upwards of twenty or more depending
The Turtles cartoon was attempted to be brought back on your skill level. I can beat the game with less then
in 1997 but failed. The good news is that it was at- five dollars and it takes me around twenty minutes
tempted a second time in 2003 and actually stuck. It (although I‘ve never actually timed it) by myself and
stuck so much so that it‘s still running today and you significantly less if someone is helping me. It takes
can actually check out the episodes on Fox every Sat- many played games and a few hundred dollars in the
urday morning. I know I have my TiVo set. machine after years of play to get to a skill level like
that! That‘s why I bought it. Yes, I own a two-player
Ok, enough with the abridged history lesson, let‘s get version of the standup arcade machine. I figured why
on with why you are reading this article, for the com- spend tons of money and have to drive literally over an
parison between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ar- hour to get to the machine when I can just pick one up
cade Machine and the NES port called Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles II The Arcade Game. (Continued on page 27)
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