TMNT: Turtles in Time (1991) vs X-Men Arcade (1992) which Konami game was more popular?

As many people know the best em up genre of gaming was very popular back in the late 80’s and the early 90’s . But when it came down to big beat em up arcade titles from the early 90’s both TMNT: Turtles of Time and X-Men arcade were among two of the most memorable games that comes to mind. X-Men Arcade game was quite unique especially considering the fact that it was probably the only title in arcade centers to feature multiplayer gameplay that could allow up to six players simultaneously. Despite, having very basic gameplay is a title that is considered to be a classic especially considering how popular the X-Men series would become during the first half of the 90’s.

Even though, X-Men was very popular between 1991-1995 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series was still big back in the early 90’s. The soundtrack along with the different stages which included four person multiplayer gameplay was amazing for those who played TMNT: Turtles in Time back in arcade centers during the early 90’s. In terms of which Konami game was better overall really depends on which series you were more a fan of back in the day. But in terms of being a more adventurous beat em up game with a higher replay value most people would be more inclined to choose TMNT: Turtles in Time over X-Men Arcade.

Games from the 00’s- Hitman: Blood Money 

When it comes down to games in the action adventure, stealth or the third person genre titles such Hitman: Blood Money had become very popular on consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.  Hitman: Blood Money  which was developed by IO Entertainment had been released for various game consoles back in 2006.  In regards to in game storytelling Hitman: Blood was very interesting since most of it included flashbacks featuring Agent 47 while he is being interviewed.

As players get closer to the present day events they discover interesting plot twist such as Diana assisting Agent 47 in faking his own death.  The alternate endings is something that made the game even more interesting because the antidote that Agent 47 receives can either fail or it could actually work lead to him killing a bunch of people at the funeral.  


Either way, the game was interesting for people who were fans of the series.  However, it was pawned by some critics and generated controversy for being to violent.  In terms of sales Hitman: Blood Money did not do as great as people may have expected but its still considered to be one of the most controversial video games of the 00’s. 

Retro Games- Super Castlevania IV: (1991)

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When it comes down to the gaming of the 80’s and the 90’s who can possibly forget about the Castlevania series.  There have have been many memorable Castlevania titles that have been released on various consoles including the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and even the original PlayStation game system.  While many people have their own opinions on which one out of all of them was the best Super Castlevania IV was definitely a popular choice for the SNES back in the 90’s.  When Super Castlevania IV was released in the early 90’s for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System the game had looked impressive from a visual standpoint.  In terms of graphics Super Castlevania IV was arguably one of the best games within its series during the 16-bit era.  In this game people got to play as Simon Belmont who was responsible for stopping Dracula following his resurrection.

While the plot may have appeared to be generic the gameplay for Super Castlevania IV looked impressive along with various other aspects of the game including its level design.  While the graphics for each stage were nice and detailed others were simply mind blowing mainly due to the inclusion of Mode 7 which was popular in certain SNES titles such as F-Zero, Chrono Trigger and Star Fox. Along with the inclusion of mode 7 some would argue that Super Castlevania IV had a decent soundtrack.  While the soundtracks in Super Castlevania IV were decent its quite debatable on which game had the best between this one  Dracula X,  and Symphony of the Night.  When it comes down to 2D plaftorm games of the 16 bit era Super Castlevania IV was probably one of the most innovative titles that one will ever play.  Konami has developed many great classics back in the 90’s and when it comes down to 16 bit titles Super Castlevania IV was certainly one of the most memorable games they had developed for the SNES.

16 Bit Games- Wonder Boy In Monster World: (1991)

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When it comes down to 16 bit games for the Sega Genesis Wonder Boy In Monster World along with the other games within Wonder series are among the few titles that some that stand out to some people in regards to the platform genre.  While some may argue that Wonder Boy In Monster World was nothing  special they can also claim that the game itself was probably one of the most difficult platform titles that they have ever played on the Sega Genesis.  Even though, the story for Wonder Boy In Monster World was very basic and involved destroying monsters and slaying BioMeka with the main character Shion the game itself was much more challenging than it actually looked.  As people try to progress throughout the game they will discover that its almost impossible to complete the whole thing within a few tries.  In fact, trying to figure out what to do in this game can also be a huge challenge for first timers especially when it came down to using items.

Figuring out what to do in the game on one hand was tough at times but it was also something that made Wonder Boy In Monster World interesting.  Aside from the actual gameplay for Wonder Boy in Monster World the graphics and  stage designs for this game were nice and made for an adventurous platform title.  When it comes down to which game is the best in the Wonder series many people who are familiar with it would probably suggest that Wonder Boy III: Dragon’s Trap was great.  While some people might argue that Wonder Boy In Monster World was not as good as “Dragon’s Trap” released in 1989 they can definitely agree that it was just as challenging.   Old school video games such as the Wonder Boy series for the Mega Drive which were popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s had showed us that when it came down to 2D RPG platform titles that Sega can definitely be as exciting as the SNES in that same genre.

Retro Gaming- Captain Commando: (1991)

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We all remember the arcade classic of the 90’s that featured so many cool beat em up games.  Around the early’s the beat em up genre was still very popular and featured many adventurous titles including Final Fight, Streets of Rage and TMNT: Turtles in time.  While those games were considered to be memorable arcade classics by many people there were also some titles that does not get mentioned quite as much.  In the early 90’s a beat em up game known as Captain Commando was developed by Capcom and released in arcade centers worldwide.  The futuristic theme of Captain Commando was one of the many things that added its appeal along with visual presentation and overall gameplay.   Similar to games such as the Final Fight series the main plot for Captain Commando involves fighting crime but to a greater extent.  Captain Commando along with his associates Mack, Ginzu and Baby Head were protecting the Earth along with other galaxies in the year 2026.  The in game mechanics for the Captain Commando arcade game made things very exciting as players were allowed utilize weapons such as rocket launchers, machine guns, mallots, and machines to freeze their opponents.

As one progressed throughout the game more opponents began to appear at once which made the weapons provided very useful especially towards stages 6 and 7.  While its debatable on who the toughest bosses in the game are some would probably agree that Doppel  and Scumocide were among the hardest.  However, fighting Druk and Shtrom at the same time was also a bit of a challenge especially if one is playing the game by themselves.  Since its release Captain Commando had received various ports with one of them being for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995.  Many people liked the Super Nintendo port of Captain Commando because not only does it feel like the arcade game but the replay value was high.  After being ported for the SNES Captain Commando was also ported for the Sony PlayStation in the late 90’s along with being re-released for various consoles such as PS2, Xbox and the PSP during mid 2000’s.  Even though, Captain Commando was not the most popular beat em up game that Capcom has made it would be considered a great title to play if you are fan of that genre.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (1991)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project is another popular game within the series which was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Konami in late 1991.  This game just like many of the other Ninja Turtles titles involved all four brothers Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo mission to stop Shredder.  In this game Shredder kidnaps April O’Neal again while the turtles are on vacation in Florida;  just like many TMNT games the gang has to travel to Manhattan to save April.  Some people who had played The Manhattan Project would probably argue that it was more fun the original TMNT game for the NES which is highly debatable.  However, many can agree that the Manhattan Project was definitely easier because it included a co-op mode in which two players can complete the game together.  Also, similar to other NES co-op games such as Double Dragon players have the option of selecting the mode which can enable or disable them from attacking one another.

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This game also featured many popular enemies that are included in the animated series such as Krang, Slash, and Leatherhead.  This game consists of eight different stages which players must complete with a limited amount of lives.  Another feature that stands out about this title includes the soundtrack but which is filled with both anticipation and adventure. While the soundtracks for each stage are great some would argue that Stage 7 had the best music and quite possibly the most exciting stage in the whole game.  Many people would probably agree that the final stage was possibly the longest and the most difficult stage whether one played by themselves or with a friend.  But despite how challenging this game was it allowed TMNT fans to spend enough time learning how to complete the game in the most effective way.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project received positive reviews from gamers and critics alike for making various improvements from its predecessor.  This title had received “Game of the Year” awards from both Electronic Monthly Gaming and Nintendo Power in 1992 while becoming one of the best beat em up games made for the NES console.  Even though, this game was very fun to play for the NES game console it would have been interesting to see what this game would have been like for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System or if had received a remake altogether.

Retro Gaming- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (1991)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time was an arcade game that was originally released by Konami  & Ubisoft in 1991.  This title was eventually released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the countries of Europe, Japan, and America in 1992.  Unlike, the controversial Nintendo Entertainment System game released in 1989 this title was a multiplayer game in which players can control the four turtles Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael.  Turtles in Time provides gamers with a more exciting adventure   by letting them play throughout many exciting levels both in past and present timelines ultimately to battle the main antagonist.  The arcade version of this title allows the simultaneous gameplay of four players while the SNES version is only limited to two.

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There are a few noticeable differences between the arcade and SNES version of Turtles in Time including stage addition.  The SNES version of Turtles in Time has an exclusive stage for the Technodrome while making two of the arcade stages bonus levels.  In terms of which stages were the most fun for the SNES version many people would agree that Sewer Surfin and Neon Night Riders were great.  The final boss just like many other beat em up games was the most difficult but this usually depends on the player(s) and how familiar they are with the title.  The gameplay for Turtles in Time among many other features had contributed to this title’s replay value as many people spent countless of coins trying to complete this game.  If anybody had owned the SNES version of Turtles in Time the idea of selling the game would have probably have been the last thing to cross their mind.  Turtles in Time recognized by many critics and gamers as being quite possibly the best beat em up arcade title produced by Konami.  Others would argue that Turtles is probably one of the best beat em up games of all time.