#45: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Released In: 1989
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Ultra

      Rescue April and Splinter, save the Hudson Dam from being blown up, and defeat Shredder and his evil forces.

Syd Lexia: This game is evil and Konami is evil for making it. The Ninja Turtles were huge in 1989, and so it was inevitable that they would get their own NES game. The game sold like gangbusters to an expectant audience of prepubescent boys who quickly discovered it was fucking impossible. Seriously, I must have spent at least 40 minutes trying to figure out how to use the fucking grappling hook, and that goddam underwater level ranks up there as one of the most frustrating gaming experiences of all time. When you make a game, you need to take the core audience into consideration when setting the difficulty level; that's why Ernie's Big Splash is the most retardedly easy game you'll ever play. Now I'm not saying TMNT should have been super easy, but it should have been easier than it was. In 1990, this game was voted Most Likely To Be Thrown Into A Corner In A Fit Of Anger And Never Played Again, a title which it held until the release of Ninja Gaiden Black in 2005.

Valdronius: This was one of those games that everyone loved and hated at the same time. The play control was a little frustrating at times, especially when you had to pull off a tricky jump to a small platform. A lot of people never made it past the second level, which was a race against the clock to disarm an array of bombs set to destroy a dam. If you managed to get past the bombs, you were in for labyrinthine levels where you'd inevitably running into lots of dead ends while trying to find the right path. Eventually you worked your way to the Technodrome, but thatís as far as I ever got. Overall, the game is solid. Itís got Bebop and Rocksteady, mousers, and the Turtle Blimp. Itís just hard as hell. Also, you can run over Foot Soldiers with the Turtle Van.

greeneyedzeke: This game holds a special place for me simply because it was one of only two times I remember an NES game completely selling out and being impossible to find, the other one being Super Mario Bros. 2. When I finally found this fucker in my local Caldor (which, if you were born after 1986, you've probably never heard of), I was ecstatic. To me, Ultra games were hit or miss. TMNT was probably the highlight, if only because it fed my then insatiable consumer lust for all things turtle-related.

Dr. Jeebus: I remember playing two different versions of this game as a kid. In one of them, the fire guys in the sewers would create more fire guys from their projectiles, and the bombs you had to disarm in the Hudson River would explode if you tried to leave them too early. Syd insists that such a version never existed, and no one else seems to remember it either, but it's true I tell you!

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