Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (arcade game)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (arcade game)

Infobox VG
title = Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

caption = Cover artwork of the NES version.
developer = Konami
publisher = Konami
release = 1989, 1990, 1991, 2007
genre = Beat 'em up
modes = Up to four players, simultaneous
cabinet = Upright
display = Horizontal, raster, standard resolution
input =
platforms = Arcade, NES, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade)

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game" is an arcade game produced by Konami in 1989. It is a scrolling beat 'em up based on the popular comic and the 1987 TV series of the same name. As with all merchandise relating to the Ninja Turtles, the name of this game was altered to "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" in Europe, due to censorship issues involving the word "ninja." Fact|date=December 2007 The Japanese release of the arcade game bore the subtitle of nihongo|"Super Kame Ninja"|スーパー亀忍者|Sūpā Kame Ninja|lit. "Super Turtle Ninja", which was omitted from the later Famicom version of the game.

The player chooses from one of the four Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. After Shredder kidnaps the turtles' friend April O'Neil and their mentor Splinter, they must give chase, save their comrades, and defeat their nemeses.

The majority of the enemies the Turtles must face are the Foot Soldiers. They wear a different colored uniform depending on what weapon they have.


Up to four players (in the NES version two) can take control of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. As usual in the 1980s and 1990s "TMNT" games, Donatello has slower attacks but a longer range, Michelangelo and Raphael have fast attacks but a short range, and Leonardo is a well-rounded Turtle with average range and speed.

The controls are fairly straightforward. The eight-way joystick controls the movements of the Turtle, the jump button makes them jump and the attack button makes them hit in front of them using their weapon. In addition to this, some combinations are possible. The Turtles can throw Foot soldiers overhead, and by pressing the jump and attack buttons, a special attack is performed. Raphael rolls along the ground and finishes with a kick, while the other Turtles do a jump attack with their weapons.


"TMNT II: The Arcade Game"

This game was ported to the NES and the Atari ST in 1990 under the title "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game" because an earlier "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" game had already been released on these platforms. The Japanese Famicom version was released simply as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", since the first "Ninja Turtles" game released for the Famicom had its title changed in Japan. This would later affect the numbering of the game's immediate sequel "", which was titled "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" in Japan. These ports of the arcade game included two new levels for the benefit of home players with two new bosses Tora and Shogun. Most of the original stages from the arcade game are extended as well. Also, at the end of the parking garage stage, instead of fighting both Bebop and Rocksteady, the player must fight the fly form of Baxter Stockman. There are also some altered graphics that include advertisements for Pizza Hut, in addition to the game's manual including a Pizza Hut coupon.

The game was also ported to the Commodore 64, the PC, the Amiga, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and the Amstrad CPC. However, it was the NES version that became extremely popular with game players, and was followed by ' for the NES in 1991 and ' for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992, with a Sega Genesis variant under the name of '. ' also came out on the Super NES as well as NES and Genesis.

In 2004, the original game was ported as an unlockable extra in the multiconsole game "", but with different music and most of the voice clips edited out.

"TMNT 1989 Classic Arcade"

An Xbox Live Arcade version of the game was released under the name "TMNT 1989 Classic Arcade" on March 14, 2007. Like other classic arcade games on the Xbox 360 platform, portions of the original arcade game are emulated with network code and other new features added. Players can earn achievements as well as play 2-4 player co-op (both online and offline).


External links

* [http://www.world-of-video-games.com/nes/manuals/teenage_m_nt_arcade_game.shtml The game's instruction manual]
*KLOV game|id=10052|name=Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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*StrategyWiki|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (arcade)
* [http://www.archive.org/details/Longplay-TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2_NES/ Complete gamevideo(NES)] on archive.org

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