My Seventh-Grade Thoughts, Part 2: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

 

"No, I haven't beaten Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles yet."

That's what my friend Danny signed my seventh-grade autograph book with (not the actual yearbook, mind you -- that was a whopping 15 bucks). And with good reason -- as I mentioned last time, TMNT for NES was "something much harder" than Zelda II.

Here's what the journal reveals: 



As I have said before, I have just finished the "Adventure of Link." It was tough, but now I am playing something much harder. It is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." I have finished "The Adventure of Link" in less than a month but it has taken me 3 months to get to the last level in "TMNT" and I can't even get to the end of it. I have nothing else to say. 

And that's pretty much the case. I didn't have a whole lot more to say, except in this entry (which is actually mostly about the Super Bowl -- and the second Bud Bowl, of course).


Oh, this weekend I also solved "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (the Nintendo game). I beat it 3 times. Boy is Shredder a wimp! Good bye!

Yes... I actually said I "solved" it. Without any sense of irony. Crispin would be proud.

 I believe I've met a person or two since back then who solved TMNT as well, but back in the day, I was quite the class hero for being the guy who could do it. (It's all about equipping each Hero in a Half-Shell with 99 scroll weapons, as I recall...which also involved about 15-20 minutes of tedious exiting and re-entering between two screens at one point.)

Of course, I loved it. Looking back, though, it was probably actually quite terrible. Just ask the Angry Nintendo Nerd (this video's a bit vulgar in language, just to prepare/warn you): 

  
  
Can't say I really disagree with any of this, though I don't recall the bomb stage being quite as impossible as he makes it out to be. It was mostly those annoying spacemen in the last level (hence the need for all those scrolls). I wonder if Danny ever did get around to beating it...

That's it for relevant game-related journal entries. But I will close with some TMNT-related fine art...


NEXT TIME: Batman, IronSword or Super Mario Bros. 3: How best to spend my $54.74?

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Posted by cbake76

 

"No, I haven't beaten Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles yet."

That's what my friend Danny signed my seventh-grade autograph book with (not the actual yearbook, mind you -- that was a whopping 15 bucks). And with good reason -- as I mentioned last time, TMNT for NES was "something much harder" than Zelda II.

Here's what the journal reveals: 



As I have said before, I have just finished the "Adventure of Link." It was tough, but now I am playing something much harder. It is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." I have finished "The Adventure of Link" in less than a month but it has taken me 3 months to get to the last level in "TMNT" and I can't even get to the end of it. I have nothing else to say. 

And that's pretty much the case. I didn't have a whole lot more to say, except in this entry (which is actually mostly about the Super Bowl -- and the second Bud Bowl, of course).


Oh, this weekend I also solved "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (the Nintendo game). I beat it 3 times. Boy is Shredder a wimp! Good bye!

Yes... I actually said I "solved" it. Without any sense of irony. Crispin would be proud.

 I believe I've met a person or two since back then who solved TMNT as well, but back in the day, I was quite the class hero for being the guy who could do it. (It's all about equipping each Hero in a Half-Shell with 99 scroll weapons, as I recall...which also involved about 15-20 minutes of tedious exiting and re-entering between two screens at one point.)

Of course, I loved it. Looking back, though, it was probably actually quite terrible. Just ask the Angry Nintendo Nerd (this video's a bit vulgar in language, just to prepare/warn you): 

  
  
Can't say I really disagree with any of this, though I don't recall the bomb stage being quite as impossible as he makes it out to be. It was mostly those annoying spacemen in the last level (hence the need for all those scrolls). I wonder if Danny ever did get around to beating it...

That's it for relevant game-related journal entries. But I will close with some TMNT-related fine art...


NEXT TIME: Batman, IronSword or Super Mario Bros. 3: How best to spend my $54.74?

Posted by MB

What a great blog, I love video game nostalgia. Also, this makes me glad I stopped writing in cursive 20 years ago.

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Edited by Diamond

See this is cool.  I wish more people who put up more old pics, videos, audio, or other content of their old days.
 
I have an old diary and similar old notes about my gaming as well.
 
I posted this in another thread a week ago or so but since it's so relevant to this blog (my NES gaming 'rig')...

Posted by Jazz

Great seeing pictures of said Diary. 
I shall follow with great interest.

Posted by Organicalistic_

wow, that video was very explicit word wise

Posted by cbake76

MB: Thanks! Right there with you on the whole "writing in cursive thing"...
 
Diamond: Awesome pic! I think my favorite part is the Etonic shoebox. Do they even make that brand anymore? 
 
Jazz: Thanks! Though your phrasing is particularly ominous...
 
organicalistic_: I warned you! :-)  But he makes good points.