Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game Longplay (Arcade) [60 FPS] - jadeusgames.com

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game Longplay (Arcade) [60 FPS]

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Developed and published by Konami in 1989.

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Anyone growing up in the late 80’s or early 90’s is probably familiar with the eponymous heroes in a half-shell. To say that Turtles were a big deal is an understatement; I have memories of my parents being forced to make multiple trips to the nearest Toys ‘R’ Us to get a full set of the action figures for Christmas since the store would only allow customers one figure per sale!

The slew of TMNT merchandise was endless, from lunch boxes, to action figures to video games. Whilst it’s no surprise that an arcade coin-op featuring the turtles exists, TMNT: The Arcade game was a rarity for a number of reasons, not least that it was available in a deluxe and, frankly massive, cabinet that supported four-player simultaneous co-op gameplay! Provided that you had enough friends available and a suitably weighty sack of coins, it was possible to play as your favourite turtle and really sock it to Shredder, Krang and a million Foot Clan goons in this beat ’em up by Konami.

It was a commonly accepted that fact that arcade games with dedicated chips, CPUs and extended banks of memory allowed for gaming experiences that was simply out of reach of home users (SNK’s Neo Geo being a notable exception). TMNT is an especially lavish title featuring graphics, animation and sound that were far in excess of many other arcade titles of the era. Everything from the imposing cabinet, brightly-lit marquee, huge screen and sumptuous graphics was designed to attract punters like moths to a naked flame.

Having played the game, perhaps the innovation of it’s four-player co-op is also the game’s biggest shortcoming. While the first level is manageable by a single player, subsequent levels throw enemies at you in such huge quantities as to practically demand the help from additional players. The enemies are not insignificant in their ability to deal significant damage to your chosen turtle, with many of them carrying weapons that allow them to out-range any of your own attacks. Playing the game alone soon became a lesson in frustration, particularly on the hover-board level where Foot Clan soldiers piloting gyro-copters with machine guns and rockets would reduce you to pile of smouldering ash. A two-player arcade cabinet was also available, but I don’t know whether the actual game was any different to account for the reduced player count.

Despite these frustrations, the game is never less than a visual or audible treat. Whilst the graphics and animation are superb, I think that the quality of the sound and digital effects is really the stand-out feature of the game. The opening theme tune from the cartoon show that plays during the game’s attract mode is of exceptionally high quality for the time; digital effects and speech were nothing new at the time of the game’s release, but this is one of the first that sounded just like it did from the show and not like it was being played from inside a postbox, under water in a distant lake.

The game was ported to the majority of home computers of the day, including the C64, Spectrum and Amiga. Whilst attempts to bring the arcade experience to these machines were admirable, doing so and expecting the end result to be anything like the coin-op seemed like a fools errand. It wouldn’t be until Konami released the subsequent sequel, Turtles in Time, on the SNES that a true arcade experience was available to play at home.

Providing you have friends on hand, TMNT: The Arcade Game remains one of the best beat ’em up experiences around. If you’re playing solo, be prepared for frustration.


  1. I would give anything to even get a chance to beat this game on quarters. The fucking drug dealers never gave us a chance to play.

  2. yellow suited chick: help meeeeueueueeseuhilabdifviasevfv

  3. In the first cut scene when they jump down to the rooftop and Mikey is so clumsy he falls on the floor and is last through the door.

    It's little touches like this that i love.

  4. 18:47 attention to the sign on the bg
    Sending regards from a "funky distant future"

  5. It's hard to explain just how magical this was back in 1989 when we, as kids, first laid eyes upon it. You could literally play the cartoon which is what we all wanted to do. Those times are gone forever. Hold on to your memories and hope dementia never sets in.

  6. 2:55 Rocksteddy: Give me that woman!
    Leo: Dont worry April I'll protect you!
    April: …damn, just give me to him…

  7. there are many tricks in this game in every stage

  8. Was there any greater feeling than seeing the credits at the end.

  9. Thousands of quarters and endless hours later, yeess! I beat the game. Ending : "congrats, it's over.. for now, bye"

  10. everyone remembers the first time they saw this shit out live at an arcade back in the 90s….shit was like 40 Christmas holidays at the same damn time.

  11. I always feel privileged I had the good fortune to be a kid in the era of the original NES, video stores and Arcades….

  12. I have this arcade game in my living room the exact same one

  13. had it at chuckie cheese in the 90s good times

  14. 4人筐体懐かしいな、あとはシンプソンズもやったなぁ

  15. The ending could have been better, a short cut scene perhaps?

  16. First saw this at the GOLDMINE arcade in Houston Texas. 1989. Everyone was surrounding it. I didn’t know what it was at first then I saw it and I was like 😮

  17. I played this on the NES . Such an awesome game .

  18. Kick punch, kick punch, like most arcade games .

  19. 1 thing that I'll never forget about this game is when you are fighting both Rocksteady and Bebop and they run into each other and crash. It sucks that in the NES version you fight Baxter Stockman in his fly from instead.

  20. For some reason I remember this game. When the bosses comes out.

  21. Wish I could get this game for the playstation or any console for that matter. So desperate to play this game again. I used to love playing this in the arcades. The nostalgia feel is through the roof for me ❤️

  22. My all time favorite arcade game, thanks for posting this.

  23. I remember seeing this in the arcade… and then coming home to the NES game… bit of a comedown!

  24. I remember being a kid and seeing this. My jaw hit the floor

  25. this one, the X-men, The Simpsons and the D&D game were my favorite arcade games of the early 90s to mid 90s

  26. I feel like I am sitting on the floor, indian style, poor posture, leaned forward, head up, zoned out at the tv, like i was 30 years ago…

  27. They hard work on this game paid off! It was amazing for it´s time.

  28. I just realized April O'Neil has a bong on her table.

  29. Стамина у боссов я епу али-бабу

  30. I wish they had waited til a system with the SNES capabilities came out to import this game to a console. The NES version just wasn't the same. I know they needed a quick sequel to the first NES game but the NES just couldn't do this game justice

  31. Stellar job by the developers on this. Felt very true to the nature and aesthetic of the cartoons. Gameplay was a lot of fun being challenging but not overwhelming.

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