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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Nintendo Power Volume 6 (May/June 1989)

Party time, dude! In Volume #6, the May/June 1989 issue of Nintendo Power, we’re gonna heat up some pizza, rev up the party wagon, and yell “Cowabunga,” ’cause it’s TMNT time! One of the top games of the generation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles capitalized on an emerging franchise, but unlike most cash grabs, it left a lasting mark and created a remarkable experience. We’ll cover Nintendo Power’s initial coverage of TMNT, and much more.

Nintendo Power Issue 6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Here’s what’s inside…

  • Get a feel for the new Power Time podcast format
  • Dive deep into the featured title, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Ultra/Konami
  • Find out who won 1988’s Nintendo Power Awards, including Game of the Year.
  • Hear me gloss over Bayou Billy, and then give me a hard time about it on Twitter
  • Get even more maps and guides for Cobra Triangle and Life Force
  • Pull out a massive Mega poster featuring Mega Man II
  • Hear some game-changing Nintendo titles get casually teased
  • …and much much more

A few games mentioned…

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Simon’s Quest
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Zelda II – The Adventure of Link
  • Blades of Steel
  • Bayou Billy
  • Cobra Triangle
  • Life Force
  • Mega Man II
  • Faxanadu
  • Uncle Fester’s Quest
  • Dragon Warrior
  • Street Cop
  • Athletic World
  • Game Boy (!!!)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3

Top 10 Games (as ranked in the NES 30)…

  1. Zelda II – The Adventure of Link
  2. Super Mario Bros. 2
  3. The Legend of Zelda
  4. Contra
  5. Track & Field II
  6. Blaster Master
  7. Metal Gear
  8. Bionic Commando
  9. Metroid
  10. Rampage

Songs featured in this episode…

Azureflux – Eat My Chips (Bandcamp)
The Greatest Bits – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Website)
The Greatest Bits – Underwater Theme (Website)
The Greatest Bits – Area 1-1, 3-2 & 4 (Website)
Random aka Mega Ran – Next Act (Bandcamp)

Articles referenced in this episode…

Hardcore Gaming 101 feature by Audun Sorlie (Link)
Mental Floss feature – The Complete History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Link)

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You’ve gotta check out this retro commercial for TMNT. Very fun!

In our next adventure…

Mega Man II
Dragon Warrior
More Strider
…and much more!

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