Throwback Thursday: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

February went by so fast… which is getting kind of old because I feel like I say that every month, but oh well.

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Nickelodeon is remaking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles again. While I didn’t watch all the seasons of what Nickelodeon currently turned the show into, I still enjoyed the first season. I don’t think they did a bad job with it.

Now they’re remaking it again and I’m mad. They’ve ruined it. But that’s another story for another day…

It got me thinking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Nintendo Gamecube. It was an action, beat ’em up game released in October 2003 by Konami and Bandai Namco Partners. It was based off the 2003 TV show of the Ninja Turtles.

I haven’t played it in a while, but if I recall correctly, it wasn’t that great. But I loved it all the same. I never beat the game because there was one level I just couldn’t get past. I barely played by myself, but Kris played with me and an old friend of mine used to play with me. She wasn’t into video games but loved the Ninja Turtles. We tried hard to beat it but never did.

The game is broken up into areas and each area has a couple levels. We couldn’t save the game unless we beat an area. That’s why the game was never beaten because the level we couldn’t get past was the final level of an area. It got old redoing the same levels over and over again after a while.

I forgot about this game and I really want to play it again. Of course, Kris and I just discovered that only one out of our five Gamecube controllers work. So we can’t play together unless we track down a well working used Gamecube controller somewhere.

Someday though. Someday I will definitely turn this game back one and beat it.

Have you played this game? Have you played any TMNT games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Of Video Games and Comics

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s always amazing to me how much reach a video game franchise has in other mediums, such as movies, music, and visual art. This post is dedicated to some new buys that celebrate some of our favorite franchises in the art form of comics!

Rachel and I tend to go to Barnes and Noble on Saturdays to supposedly work on our writing, but the past few times we went there, we’d get our Frappuccinos from the cafe and then wander around, inevitably finding a book or two or dozen to buy.

Last time we went with the explicit plan to buy comics.

Growing up, I’ve always loved comics, and one franchise that my uncle had gotten me into was the Archie Comics. They’ve been rebooted a couple of times and I’ve gotten the first couple of volumes of the newest reboot to enjoy. Rachel wanted to try them and quickly finished the two volumes as well, so we figured we’d pick up the third volume and whatever other comics that happened to catch our eye. We found ourselves in the graphic novel and manga section, suddenly remembering that many of our favorite video game franchises had manga adaptations as well.

So, I grabbed a basket, and we went to town:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a couple of the Pokemon Adventure manga, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and the Four Swords volume of The Legend of Zelda — I’d say Rachel and I made out pretty well.

What do you think of our new buys? Have you read any of them?

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Friday Favorites: SNES Classic Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiWith the news of the SNES Classic coming out in a couple of months, people have been scrutinizing the list of games the console will be loaded with. While I have no complaints about the game list, there are a few that I wish made an appearance on the console.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

This classic arcade beat-em-up game was a favorite of Rachel’s and mine back when we were kids. It was perfect as a co-op game and quick enough to play within a couple of hours. Hearing the old school Ninja Turtles’ voices were great too!

Disney’s The Lion King

Disney had a few licensed games with Nintendo, like Aladdin and the Jungle Book, and The Lion King was one of the best. With the fun music and scenes from the movie, it worked well with the original SNES console. The game was short and sweet, making it a great game to play during an afternoon.

Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster Busts Loose

This was definitely a guilty pleasure game, a game filled with the ridiculousness that came with the Looney Toons. Tiny Toons was a spin-off of the Looney Toons for a younger generation, filled with characters that were the “students” of the original Looney Toons. I honestly don’t remember much of the plot of Buster Busts Loose, but I remember the fun, colorful scenes and high-energy music!

Goof Troop

This particular game I never really wanted to play as a kid. In fact, it was one of Rachel’s favorite games and, while it was never my first choice to play, I do remember having fun with Rachel while playing it. She was Max and I was Goofy and she had a penchant for throwing barrels at my character instead of actually trying to solve the puzzles!

What video games would you have liked to see on the SNES Classic console?

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Dream Loot Crate

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So there’s this awesome thing called Loot Crate, a monthly subscription service where you get a box full of geeky items that range from t-shirts and socks to bobble heads and magnets to towels and comics. Each box contains four to six licensed items from multiple franchises all centered around the month’s theme. While they have the generic Loot Crate, they also offer Loot Anime, Loot Pets and, of course, Loot Gaming.

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We’re excited to share what would be in our “Dream Crate.” This is a crate created by us that we would love to see in the future. We can add anything we want to it. Kris and I came up with a bunch of different themes. Since there’s two of us, we thought we’d talk about two of our ideas. The themes would be Justice and Sweet Treats.

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With Justice, what comes to mind for us is our favorite heroes and all their awesome gadgets and costumes. I want to open up a Justice-themed Loot Crate box and have Link pop out! If I can’t have the guy, I’d love his hat, bracelets or necklaces of the medallions from Ocarina of Time, plushies of Sheik, Epona, and a cucco. A Batman mask and cape, replicas of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ weapons (or even a real-life Shellcycle!), a poster of the Pokemon champions and legendaries, and an art book or comic filled with pictures and lore of the Fire Emblem franchise are just a few other items that I would love to see from a Justice-themed Loot Crate.

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There are so many different items that could go with Justice and I would definitely want all the ones you included. For me, I would love anything Ace Attorney. An “Objection!” decal sticker, Apollo Justice’s bracelet or Maya Fey’s Magatama necklace. I wouldn’t mind having Professor Layton’s hat either. I would especially want a mug just like prosecutor Godot. It could have him on it with a quote or something. I would treasure that always! I would love anything from Luigi’s mansion. A ghost plushie, a Poltergeist 3000 replica, a cute figurine of Luigi from the game, or a Dark Moon paper weight. I don’t really know what I’d use a paper weight for, but I’m sure it would look pretty! The mansion would be nice too, with all the money inside. I’m going to add onto your TMNT list (because I didn’t think of them) and I would definitely add socks and pillows. I wouldn’t mind having a pillow in the shape of a Donatello head and having a comfy pair of socks with their happy faces and pizza.

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Ahh, the Phoenix Wright franchise is perfect for this crate! Godot’s coffee and Maya’s burgers would also work for our food-inspired Sweet Treats theme as well. Mugs, aprons, and oven mitts decorated with the characters and catchphrases like, “OBJECTION!” would definitely encourage me to cook more, haha! Recipes from different games would be cool, too, like Princess Peach’s (rather, Toadstool as she was known then) cake recipe from Super Mario 64. Bottles for red potions, LonLon milk, or chu jellies from the Legend of Zelda, or poffins recipes from Pokemon for either you or your dog would be other great additions!

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Cookie cutters! Cookie cutters everywhere! Cookie cutters of everything from all the games! Seriously, though, I’d be a master baker. Recipes would be nice, but having a copy of Rosana Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies cookbook would be cool. I would love to have utensils and appliances based on games. A Gameboy fridge would be cool. It’s the right shape and they’re making smartphone fridges, so all the tools are right there! Speaking of Ace Attorney again, I’d love to have an apron from Tres Bien, a restaurant location from one of the games. And what about the Gourmet Shy Guy in Paper Mario? I’d love to have a pillow or plushie of him. Oh, and anything Yoshi. He gobbles everything up!

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Kirby too! Remember his final Smash in the Smash Brothers game, where he gathers everyone into a giant pot? Let’s just have a plushie or figurine of him with his little chef hat and everything! A chef hat with Kirby on it would be awesome too! A book full of Harvest Moon recipes would be another item for my Sweet Treats list. To go along with cookie cutters, cake molds of characters like Link and Mario would be great! Oh, I could go on and on about all of these…

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I could go on and on as well. Sadly, I know some of these items are unrealistic, but that is why it’s called a “Dream Crate.” This may or may not happen, but it’s always fun to dream about!

If you guys could have anything in a Loot Crate, what would they be? Let us know!

Birthday Presents

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

My birthday was at the beginning of the month and even though I turned 23, you would probably think I’m much younger based on what I received for presents.

 

I got a cat and went away for a weekend, so I wasn’t expecting too much for my birthday, if anything at all. But my parents and sister did manage to buy me a few gifts and I have to say that they did pretty well.

One gift Kris got me was a Charizard Amiibo. We now have five Amiibos all together.

When the Amiibos were first announced, Kris and I didn’t know what to make of them. We didn’t understand them at first and didn’t get the point of them. But I do love collecting things. I knew that I would eventually start collecting them when I had the extra money to spend.

Our collection is slow-growing and all five Amiibos are still in their boxes. We’re not sure if we want to open them or not.

To help our collection, Kris and I decided that for each Christmas and birthday, we’ll buy each other one Amiibo. She got me Charizard because he’s one of my favorite Pokemon and I’m pretty good as him in Super Smash Bros.

I also got a Pikachu sweatshirt. You know, the one where you put on the hood and you have Pikachu ears? Someone was wearing it when we were at a diner during our mini-vacation and apparently my mom thought it would be funny to get me one.

It was funny and probably one of my favorite gifts. I look adorable in it, if I do say so myself. You wouldn’t think it, but that sweatshirt is probably the softest I own.

I got a few Harry Potter things and Ninja Turtles things as well. It was another good birthday and I can only hope to continue to do me in this next year.

Oh, and here’s my birthday cake:

Flashback Friday: Turtles in Time

Double Jump Kris Mii Hey everyone, Kris here!

Today’s Flashback Friday is a game from the classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s a game that Rachel and I loved to play as kids, both for our love of video games and for the franchise that the game is for.

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Turtles in Time was one of the best multiplayer games Rachel and I played when we were younger. Both of us have already mentioned this game in previous posts, and I thought it was high time that it got its own post dedicated to it.

This game showcases the ’80s cartoon characters — the turtles, Shredder, April O’Neil — and the plot involves Shredder and Kraang stealing the Statue of Liberty. The turtles pursue them to the Technodrome, where Shredder sends the heroes in a time warp. The turtles must fight Shredder’s goons in the past and the future before returning to the present. The world is saved once again after they defeat Shredder in the present once and for all.

Turtles in Time is a fast-paced, beat-them-up type of game. Players each choose a turtle and use that character’s weapons against the foot ninja and mutated bosses throughout each level. It’s tons of fun in multiplayer mode, and thankfully there’s no friendly fire (Rachel and I were never very coordinated in our attacks against the foot ninja). The turtles have some goofy lines just like the old cartoon show, and seeing them fighting in settings like pirate ships, the old west, and even with dinosaurs was awesome.

The game has since been remade and re-released a couple of times since its original arcade release in September 1991 and its SNES console release in North America in August 1992. The arcade version was an unlockable in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare in 2005, and Ubisoft released a 3D remake of the game for the XBox 360 in August 2009. The Playstation 3 followed close behind with released the game a mere month later.

 

Friday Favorites: Adaptations

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for Friday!

Rachel and I have been watching some throwback old-school movies and television shows lately, namely the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It got me thinking about some the video games based on the shows, and what other video games we had that were adapted from movies, books, and television. Adaptations are generally known as bad, considering they’re usually just used to milk the cash cow of the franchise, but there are some that can still be fun.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I have this game for the GameCube and it was as close to being able to go to Hogwarts myself as Pottermore is for fans in the present. It was amazing controlling Harry Potter around in the wizarding world, even if the controls were a bit weird.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up

Okay, so this is basically Super Smash Brothers with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters instead of the huge roster of Nintendo characters. Still, it was enjoyable for a ninja turtle nerd like myself. There are also plenty of adventure and arcade-style TMNT games out there, with a new one slated for this summer, that Rachel and I have enjoyed over the years.

Lego The Hobbit

Rachel and I are hysterical while we play this game. First off was the fact that we couldn’t figure out the controls. Secondly, the objectives weren’t as obvious to us as they may be to other players. Still, it was a lot of fun, both for the familiar, amazing story and characters, and just the fact that it was great running around as lego people.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

I personally haven’t played this one (yet), but Rachel has. I was always impressed with the graphics, storyline, and gameplay. It’s definitely on my list to play, and judging by Rachel’s opinion of the game, I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

What do you think of video game adaptations?