Flashback Fridays: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)

It’s that time once again to take a look into our gaming past in a little segment that we’d like to call Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today kicks off the first of four part series of  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games from my past. The  title I am going to talk about today goes by the same name and is the first entry into the video game world for the franchise on the NES,  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Back in 1990 I became a fan of one of the most iconic cartoons ever made, and if you really need me to say what it is at this point then you haven’t been paying much attention at all whatsoever. As with every part of popular culture, a number of different products were sold to consumers to cash in on those heroes in a half shell, one of those items being a slew of video games for a number of different systems. The first of  these was a poorly designed action adventure/ platformer for the NES that still stands the test of the time as one of the worst games that I have ever played.

Instead of going over the finer details of how everything works, I’m going to share my experience with you about just how frustrating my first time playing it really was. Upon inserting the cartridge into the system and pressing the power button, what took place afterwards can only be described as irritating, annoying, and just downright atrocious. At first things seemed ok, beating down baddies was kind of fun, being able to play as all four turtles was nice, and seeing some familiar faces from the show was nice to see as well. After a while though, the love started to wear off, and things just kept getting worse.

Let’s start off with the overworld map, it was a confusing mess of a setup that never clearly indicated where it wanted you to go. Next comes the difficulty level, as it is simply unfair to say the least. Almost every time a number of enemies were cleared off the screen, another large group of them would waiting around the corner to make  your day even worse. Last, but certainly not least, my final complaint with the game as a whole was that the considerable amount of lag that would occur in each level made the game damn near unplayable. All of these elements combined together made for a very disappointing adventure that I still cannot complete without the help of a game genie to this very day.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES had so much potential, but ultimately ended up being a horrible cash in that never really showed what the franchise is really all about, and is something that should be avoided by die hard TMNT fans at all cost.

That concludes my story on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on NES, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is a gameplay video that I found for it, enjoy!