Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Retro Arcade: TMNT 2 Back From The Sewers

Let me start off by saying one of my favorite games for the original Nintendo Gameboy is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We defeated every bad guy, grabbed every pizza and discovered how to unlock every mini-game! I could beat that game blindfolded. As a kid I never owned the sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back From The Sewers. I don't know why? We were huge into Turtles and had all the NES and Super NES games. Anyway, I purchased a copy of the game for a nice price off ebay recently and was pleasantly surprised when I found the manual in the delivery box with the game. Me, my brother and all my friends used to read these manuals like crazy hoping to find any secrets or tips on how to beat the game. Sometimes stories were included along with some fantastic art you would never see anywhere else. Let's delve into the sewers and check out the TMNT 2 manual and it's contents:
Front Cover
 Pages 2 & 3 (Welcome/Table of Contents)
 Pages 4 & 5 (Story/Control Set Up)
 Pages 6 & 7 (Turtle Profile/Starting New Game)
 Pages 8 & 9 (Screen Set Up/Stages)
 Pages 10 & 11 (Power Up/Bad Guy Pictures)
Back Cover

 I am blown away. The art style is done in a type of manga/Japanese way. I really like this interpretation of the boys in green, especially the back cover work where it looks like Splinter is giving them a high energy pep talk before they go out and kick some shell! The instruction booklet also included a back story for the game, profiles of each Turtle and illustrations of "The Bad News Bunch"! I love finding these old manuals. Most of the ones we had as kids got lost, thrown away or destroyed. This one will find a good place for safe keeping in my house.

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