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Not Even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Co-Creator Could Beat That Dam Level

The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were notorious for their difficulty, Just that infamous dumb levelIt was a stopping point for many frustrated Turtles fans, including one of the franchise’s creators.

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman gives the original NES a complete look in an interview with IGN to promote the new Kowabanga collection, which brings together more than a dozen of the Turtles’ most famous 8- and 16-bit adventures. I admit I couldn’t clear it. Second stage of the game.

“[A] When we used to go to competitions, a lot of people came to us and were angry because they thought we made the game harder. we tried. It never crossed the water level.

Eastman was in good company. The dumb level was notorious for its imprecise control, which practically guaranteed the Turtles to take damage, and had a tight time limit. It required the Turtles to navigate the equivalent of an underwater maze while disarming multiple bombs before time ran out. Levels have become synonymous with the often unfair difficulty of 8-bit games. rice field.

TMNT Cowabunga Collection

Still, Eastman says he has fond memories of working on the original Konami game. These games were published under the NES’s Ultra Games label, calling the games “a universe within itself”.

“[It’s] It’s great to work with these guys who are going through the same steps when it comes to design. We did…it’s really amazing, but what an amazing thing to be part of that team,” says Eastman.

When it comes to his favorite game, most Turtles fans would probably agree with Eastman’s choice.

“My first thought was an arcade game, because I liked the fact that I could play with three friends and many at the same time,” says Eastman. “But Turtles in Time was one of my favorites because it was kind of explored in the comics. The fun part is that what started as an idea here evolves into something amazingly unique in game form.” It’s about seeing the…so I like the different universes you can go to in that game.”

All of these games are commemorated in the Cowabunga Collection created by Digital Eclipse for multiple platforms. A review published today wrote that the collection was “clearly made by his TMNT-loving team, including not just games, but shows and comics as well.” However, I was frustrated with the rough online implementation.

Elsewhere, we asked Eastman for his thoughts on various Turtles movies over the years, including the infamous Michael Bay film.

The Cowabunga Collection is available now.

Kat Bailey is IGN’s Senior News Editor and co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Any tips? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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