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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Defines “Nintendo Hard”

When I was young, one of my favorite games was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES. I recall it being difficult; nail-bittingly, skin-peelingly difficult. The swimming stage, which required you to swim through a maze of electrified water and defuse bombs, caused me to lose at least one turtle no matter how careful I was. But I’m an adult now. These days, I play games like Super Meat Boy and Shovel Knight, which pride themselves on being retro throwbacks. I play games that strive to be “Nintendo Hard.” Plus, my hand-eye coordination is much better than it was when I was a child. I’m even a professional wrestler, which means I’ve trained to react physically before my mind can fully process what I’m seeing.…
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