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Konami and the history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games

May 27, 2016

How long has it been now? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around since before some of you were even born. The year was 1989, the new Ninja Turtles cartoon was likely at the top of its popularity among Saturday morning cartoon lovers. Next comes the games.

After all, once you establish yourself with the youngsters, it seems only logical that a video game of some sort is in order right? Right. When TMNT launched as an arcade game I was thrilled beyond words. All of my favorite characters were there.

The turtles themselves of course, along with Rock Steady and BeeBop and the usual gang of misfit mutants and bad guys you've come to know and hate in action.

After the rise and fall of the arcade industry, the video game console market was in full effect, taking up much of the slack that once driven arcade goers now needed. Along with it came newer and fresher TMNT games, and with it a new Konami infested mix of gameplay that seems to have a mixed reaction with fans.

Which ones are good and which ones not so much? Well, that is best left up to you, the gamer, but for those of you who loved the series so much, but never had time to cover all of them in one sitting, there is a recent video that surfaced on YouTube which shows the history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and how they have evolved over the years.

While consoles have gotten more sophisticated and complex by design, the market for even TMNT had to change along with it.

But was it for the better, or did things just get worse? Perhaps it's time for the series to make a full comeback, and one that will once again capture the hearts of millions as it once did. Will the game companies listen to the fans? That's like asking who is going to win the next world series.

Management comes and goes, and even now many are wondering about their favorite franchises like Silent Hill, Castlevania, Metal Gear, Suikoden, and of course the beloved Ninja Turtles franchise. Oh well...perhaps the call to the powers that be will make a move if the voices of you are loud enough. Let us hope.


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