"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:
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).
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?