For the arcade game of the same name, see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in Europe) is a game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is based on the popular comic book heroes of the same name.


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles must rescue April O'Neil from Bebop and Rocksteady. After rescuing April, the turtles must save Splinter from Shredder and the Foot Clan. Finally, they must defeat Shredder inside his Technodrome.


Play as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael (one turtle only, but the ability to swap between turtles at any time) as you save your friends and battle The Shredder and his cronies. There are no 'lives', as such - when you lose a turtle, he becomes 'captured', and you cannot use him again until you rescue him from a place hidden in the overworld.

Gameplay takes place in two perspectives: a top-down view, which lets you run around and explore buildings, sewers and other places. When entering places from the top-down view, the perspective shifts to a side-scrolling view, where most of the battling takes place. In addition to each turtle's main weapon, sub-weapons (such as shuriken) can be acquired, to use at foes - these have a limited use.