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.

turtles NESBut 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.

So recently, I went back to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, think that surely it couldn’t be as hard as my memory told me it was.

Turns out that no, that shit was hard as fuck.

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