Top 30 NES Soundtracks #15: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
By Bucky Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009

#15 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (38 Votes)

#15 TMNT

Developer: Konami
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:

Image courtesy of Kirk

Image courtesy of Kirk

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.

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While the arcade style TMNT games had great music, you weren’t given the same chance to memorize it as well.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack is composed by K. Nakamura, who also wrote music for TMNT II and III.

Listen to a selection of tracks on youtube here.

One Response to “Top 30 NES Soundtracks #15: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

  1. Matt Jones Says:

    I’m sorry, but there is a startling lack of TMNT theme song musical interludes and integration in this Turtles game soundtrack.

    II > III > I

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