I’ve talked about these green Ninja Turtles for a bit and I played the NES port…it wasn’t really good. But today, I’ll be reviewing two games…albeit, one Arcade game and a port.
First, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Kame Ninja (ティーンエイジ・ミュータント・ニンジャ・タートルズ 〜スーパー亀忍者〜 Tīneiji Myūtanto Ninja Tātoruzu: Sūpā Kame Ninja) in Japan and Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in Europe, developed and published by Konami and was released in 1989 in the US and Europe and in 1990 in Japan.
The game follows the plot of the series but there’s nothing much to it: rescue April, then Splinter, enter the technodrome and then defeat Krang and Shredder.
You can play as one of four Turtles each with pros and cons: Leonardo, because he’s the leader, is all-rounded, with speed and attacks being in the average. Raphael and Michelangelo attack faster but their range are much shorter. And Donatello attacks slowly but his range is much longer.
It’s a Beat ’em Up where you simply take down the Foot Clan, Shredder’s robots and Mowzers. I mean…you jump and attack, collect pizza for health whenever they’re there. The gameplay is near enough similar to what you’d get from the likes of The Simpsons Arcade in terms of fighting mechanics and like any Arcade game, there are some rather cheap moments in terms of difficulty.
The game is OK, it’s as basic as a Beat ’em Up can be, I’ve played and reviewed many-a games in this genre, but it’s all about if you like the Turtles franchise, you’ll get a kick out of this.
The graphics are great for the Arcade and the level design is very faithful to the original TV series, it’s nice, colourful and…well, it’s like the cartoon…a cartoon I never grew up with. The music is great, I was impressed that they were able to add the theme tune in and it sounds very clear, but the rest of the soundtrack gives the vibes of late 80’s Turtles.
Next up, the NES port. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game in North America and Australia, and as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles II: The Arcade Game in Europe, published by Ultra Games and was released in 1990 in Japan and in the US and in 1991 in Europe. The Japanese port was titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…regardless of the previous game.
The game is similar to the Arcade port, and it’s near accurate, though there are some differences. Because this is a console game, we get two extra levels, one of them is a snow level and the other is the path to the Technodrome.
The gameplay is the same but somehow made even more boring…unless you have a friend to play with. I’m guessing that the smoothness of the Arcade original couldn’t be emualted well onto an 8-bit console but what we have was good enough for the time, but nowadays, and especially the Arcade version, they’re just OK titles, I could go back to Turtles if I felt like it but the NES port…maybe not, I mean if you enjoyed it as a kid and enjoyed it now, all the more power to you.
Oh, by the way, there was product placement in the NES port, in the form of Pizza Hut logos during levels and in the US version, you’d get a coupon to get one pizza…and only the US version, Japan I understand and Europe…well it would have been pointless because it’s the NES in Europe.