The Many Incarnations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This article is part of a series I call “The Many Incarnations of… ”, a column which will chronicle the different game titles that have been released over the years featuring a central character or theme. Pac-Man is here to provide “color commentary,” and Professor Pac-Man is on hand with interesting tidbits of trivia about each game!

1989
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



Yes, Dudes and Dudettes, major-league butt-kicking has come back to gaming! Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: This game was so successful that Konami went on a license-acquiring craze. They obtained the rights to many American TV show and Comic Book titles to release as home and arcade videogames. 

1990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Arcade Game



Well the first title was a shell of a good hit, so why not try another. Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: This sequel to the successful 1989 arcade game features 2 extra levels and two new bosses, the alien Tora and the samurai android Shogun. Tora's stage is based in a scene from the original 5-episode mini-series in which the Stone Warriors deploy a weather sphere to create a blizzard upon New York City. There is also a hidden feature that allows you to play as Splinter : Press Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, A, B, Select at the title screen.

1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball


What the hell was that? - I dunno. Looked like a big turtle...in a pinball machine. So you gonna keep readin or what? Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: The plastic turtles that are used on the playfield are actually the original Playmates Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. This pinball title also features voiceclips from the 1990 Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles motion picture. 

1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Turtles in Time



You fight well... in the old style. But you've caused me enough trouble. Now you face: the Pac-Man. Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: Just like the previous game, it has references which don't come from the TV show upon which it is based. The enemies at 'Skull & Crossbones', Rhazar and Tokka, are the same two mutants that Shredder creates to destroy the Turtles in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze'. The Super Shredder form at 'Technodrome: The Final Shell Shock' also comes from the second movie.

Man, these radical turtles make for one bodacious game playing experience. Cowabunga dude! Wocka! Wocka!


* This article is only a listing of known unique game titles. It does not cover clones of released titles, nor will it list the various platforms the titles have appeared on. It is not meant to be an all-inclusive reference listing, and should be viewed only as the recreational offering it was intended to be. Game descriptions, game titles and registered trademarks mentioned herein are properties of their respective owners.

First Published January 2009