|By Bucky||Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009|
Publisher: Konami (JP), Ultra (US), Palcom (EU)
Year: 1989 (JP + US), 1990 (EU)
AKA: Gekikame Ninja Den, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
Completing the representation of the entire NES TMNT series in our top list (sans Tournament Fighters), is the original 1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game. I have many fond memories playing this game and not getting very far. As well as doing this over and over:
In spite of the very difficult game play, the music to TMNT was always quite enjoyable. The first several tracks the player was introduced to, like the introduction, streets, and main sewer themes, were all very upbeat and catchy. But my favorite track belongs to the Area 2 underwater sequence, wherein the player must disarm a handful of bombs set to what sounds like some weird take on ’70s prog rock fused with funk.
One neat aspect to the TMNT score was how the non-linear game play lent itself to a set of reocurring themes. While this meant that you may be subjected to the same music many times over, it really enforced a sense of familiarity.
While the arcade style TMNT games had great music, you weren’t given the same chance to memorize it as well.
Listen to a selection of tracks on youtube here.