Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review - Nintendo Entertainment System
What the Mean Machines staff thought
I was a bit disappointed to discover that this isn't a conversion of the brilliant Turtles coin-op, but once I sat down actually played the game I soon cheered up. It's a very original and very addictive arcade adventure which requires planning and a good deal of arcade skill to battle through the sewers and kick some Foot ass without being captured. The graphics are excellent and the sound is a faithful rendition of the Turtles TV theme music (not the hit single, Turtle Power). Put it all together and you've got a totally radical game that every Turtle dude should get his mitts on - pronto!
To be honest with you I was expecting this to be a complete pile of turtle droppings. So I was pleasantly surprised to find a good game lurking behind all the hype: this is a genuinely original and interesting product. The graphics are excellent, if somewhat on the small side, and the soundtrack is fairly close to the theme music. The four amphibians come across as being different, each having its own abilities and weak points. It's a shame the game doesn't have a two-player option. Other than that, it's a very playable game that deserves to sell by the lorryload.
Now call me a Nintendo-hater, but at the time I just couldn't see what all the fuss was about with this game. It's a very basic platformer at the end of the day. Like Jaz says, it's a shame that Konami didn't convert the excellent coin-op sooner (that version arrived later). That was the version that everyone (including myself) was sinking all their pocket money into at the time.
Have your say about this review
Chris - 28 Feb 2008, 14:31 GMT
I absolutely loved this game - even when you got further into the game and found that you had to repeat a lot of the sections over and over to get enough ropes and weapons!
Tris Wicks - 05 Nov 2008, 02:10 GMT
This game put me off my NES for a decade.
Stayrsaigh - 22 Mar 2009, 00:03 GMT
Ahh the height of turtle mania! This was the game I got free with my NES and I have to say I absolutly loved it! It really was a fantastic platformer and aside from a few flickery graphics and one or two frustrating moments I can't find anything bad to say about it! It always kept me coming back for more and will always be one of those games I most associate with the NES!
cowboyscowboys - 04 May 2010, 00:28 GMT
This game was terrible even for a Turtle Maniac like myself. Turtles 2 and 3 on the other hand got it right. I can't beleive this got a 90% and Turtles 2 got a 64%. Games are about fun this game wasn't any.
skatinggames.org - 29 Jul 2013, 08:25 GMT
The turtles ninja series were my favorite cartoons back when I was just a kid. Imagine what joy I felt when I put my hands on the first TNMT NES cardige
Andreas Åkermark Wernlund - 23 Jun 2015, 11:53 GMT
The turtles have to use all their karate skills and ninja weapons to beat the evil footclan in this awesome video-game which is packed with action! The game maybe becomes a little to hard at the end but is still a must play for any turtle fan! Overall score: 90%