This one is a bit of an oddity. Manufactured by a German company (from what little I can find out online about it) named Bit Corp. (which sounds like a really cool chiptune artist name if you ask me) is the Black 4 In One cartridge. Why I refer to it as the Black 4 In One cartridge is because years after acquiring that one (I’ve had it since I was about 10 or 12) I managed to acquire an orange one with a different mix of games on it and the same name (which I may review later).
I will cover Tom Boy first as that is the game we first acquired. I remember getting this game at some point when I was 8 or 9. We got Tom Boy and The Year 1999 (what a laughable name for a game given its 2010 - I’ll have to review that one in the future) together. Tom Boy was supposed to be my sister’s and The Year 1999 mine although we shared everything with the Atari anyway.
Oh yes, A lot of people that know me, tend to forget that I was once deeply involved in what I consider to be the dark ages of my gaming journey. The PC-gaming era.. It wasn’t all bad, it started great with the DOS/Windows 3.1 era where I didn’t have to worry about performance of games or anything, as I was still getting used to the simple factor of console gaming (I sold my SNES to put towards a 486 DX4 100Mhz with 8MB RAM, a 1MB video card and 540MB storage 1995), all I had to worry about was fuffing around with autoexec.bat and config.sys.
The Super Mario Land series stand out from the rest of the Mario games. Firstly they don’t take place in the Mushroom Kingdom & I’m not sure how it’s supposed to fit into the main series, but Wario & Princess Daisy (both introduced in this series) have both become mainstream Nintendo characters with Wario even being given his own series of games. Daisy is more of a supporting player these days, showing up in the Mario Kart & Mario Party games.
First thing’s first: The Teenage Mutant WHAT Turtles? Well in certain parts of the world, most notably the UK, the word Ninja was not seen as something that should be associated with a childrens cartoon. Consequently the word Hero replaced the word Ninja. This carried across to all ports of this game released in these territories & the arcade game itself. For this review we’ll be calling it TMNT because that’s how I roll. Now with that out of the way let’s get started…
When Amstrad decided to release upgraded versions of their CPC computer line & the GX4000 console not too many companies offered their immediate support for the product. The thing to keep in mind is that we have an English company taking the battle to Nintendo & Sega… It was never going to work at this point in time & the fact that a lot of Retrospekt readers have probably never heard of these later Amstrad machines is a testament to that. The CPC+ & GX4000 systems were never released outside of Europe inspite of the fact that the original Amstrad CPC range was quite successful in Australia.
I’m going to say something that a lot of people are going to disagree with. The NES version of TMNT2: The Arcade game was CRAP. The extra levels they added were pointless, Raphael didn’t have his alternative special attack & the NES was just generally a bad platform choice for the arcade port. Do I think they could have done better? No, not really. When the game was ported to the various systems of the day we were at the start of the SNES era & I have always said that it should have been a launch title. I’ll stop dwelling on that though, as this review is about the arcade version.