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View Poll Results: Which LCD handheld was your favorite?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989) 6 60.00%
Turtles 2: Splinter Speaks 1 10.00%
Turtles 3: Shredder's Last Stand 1 10.00%
TMNT Basketball 1 10.00%
Dimension X Assault 1 10.00%
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation 0 0%
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:53 PM   #1
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LCD Handhelds


I came across some interesting information on the 1989 Konami LCD game.

Apparently, the game's concept must have been pretty novel to warrant a patent for "Hand held video game with simulated rescue."

Here's the abstract:
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Title: Hand held video game with simulated rescue
United States Patent 5150899
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/5150899.html

A novel hand held electronic LCD video game with 19 player-controlled ninja turtle figures individually displayable under player manipulation to simulate rescue of a kidnap victim. The player controls the displayed position of the turtle figures to defend against attack by game controlled mouser figures and throwing star figures. A game processor controls display of player and game controlled image segments to simulate movement of mouser creatures and throwing stars attacking the player controlled turtle figures. The player controlled turtle is manipulated to perform simulated underwater swimming to obtain dynamite multiple times and a key to free the victim. The player must also manipulate the turtle figure to approach and free the victim while simulating punching and use of a sword to defend against attack. One of three levels of difficulty may be selected by the player.
More information is contained in the full version. Most of the language in the patent is pretty technical as it describes almost every possible move the player can make in the game. Still, I think it is interesting that something like this exists.


The game from which the pictures are taken is actually selling for nearly $50.00!

Does anyone have any fond memories of these games? I owned this one and Turtles 3: Shredder's Last Stand. I still have the latter, but I seem to have misplaced the former.
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:21 PM   #2
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Oh man, I got so excited when you said it was selling on eBay for nearly $50. I have all of these games and they're not currently in my for sale pile, but I'm not THAT attached to them. However, I now see that's a BIN auction and I doubt it'll go for that much.

I spent endless hours playing all of these games. They were quite fun. Interesting patent info, too. Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:34 PM   #3
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I always wondered what the Basketball game was like.
How did it play? Was it any good?

Official ninjaturtles.com description:
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Believe it or not, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the evil Shredder have agreed to set aside their differences, and their weapons, in order to meet on the basketball court. In this first annual classic, you'll always control the Turtles on offense, trying to run up the score against a shrewd Turtle thrashing team.
Why would Shredder and the Turtles would agree to a friendly pick up game? I guess anything is possible!

Here's a gameplay image I grabbed from an old ebay listing:
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:48 PM   #4
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I liked the basketball game. It could be really hard/frustrating because if you just shoot baskets at every chance you get Baxter Stockman will block all of your shots. But once you figure out his pattern and the strategy to get past him you could get pretty high scores.
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:33 PM   #5
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Does anyone remember anything about Tiger's Dimension X Assault?


Ken Mitchroney must have done the art to this.
Who was this Berserko (who apparently changed his name from "Drakkus" to get his revenge on the Turtles) mentioned in the game description?
What was the basic style of play?
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:30 AM   #6
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We have an photo buried somewhere of a much younger me playing a TMNT handheld game... I think it was the first one, as that looks really familiar to me. I must have been eight at most, maybe younger.

I loved those old handheld games. Probably because they were the closest thing to Nintendo that I was allowed to have as a kid.
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Old 08-20-2007, 02:19 AM   #7
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Who was this Berserko (who apparently changed his name from "Drakkus" to get his revenge on the Turtles) mentioned in the game description?
What was the basic style of play?
Berzerko appeared in the premiere of the Red Sky seasons, he designed The Technodrome and was betrayed by Krang. He resurfaces with a new weapon which is easily destroyed by the conclusion, and his lair, the Hall of Science was taken over by Krang, Shredder, Rocksteady, and Bebop
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:09 AM   #8
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Fifty bones!? Ye've got to be crapping me. I got that for $2 just last year.
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Berzerko appeared in the premiere of the Red Sky seasons, he designed The Technodrome and was betrayed by Krang. He resurfaces with a new weapon which is easily destroyed by the conclusion, and his lair, the Hall of Science was taken over by Krang, Shredder, Rocksteady, and Bebop
Oh, that's right, I remember that episode now. Thanks!

I've added a poll to this thread.
My money's one the original to take this vote by a landslide! I mean, come on, it had its own patent for being a novelty!
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Old 09-01-2007, 10:19 AM   #10
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Sorry to double post, but I saw this and thought it was too awesome not to share. Its the complete sprite collection for the first game:

http://patents1.ic.gc.ca/details?pat...2383#imageview

This site has some more cool behind the scenes pictures on the game's creation.
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Hand-drawn representation of LCD sprites? Sweet!
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I recently snagged a TMNT1 Konami handheld for a great price! It brings back lots of great memories!

But I've got a question about the gameplay that maybe somebody can explain to me. The official instructions say:
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you must retrieve bombs and set them off around Shredder's Asylum until the shatter-proof shield shatters (careful - if the bombs aren't perfectly placed, April will go up in smoke).
http://www.ninjaturtles.com/html/handheld.htm
I don't understand how I'm supposed to place the bombs around April's capsule. Most of the time I can just touch the capsule and the bomb will go off normally (it takes a few tries to break the capsule). Sometimes, however, something goes wrong and April blows up and I get Game Over. I press directional and attack commands but nothing seems to change the bomb's placement. Any advice from those of you who have been playing the game for a while?
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Does anyone remember anything about Tiger's Dimension X Assault?


Ken Mitchroney must have done the art to this.
Who was this Berserko (who apparently changed his name from "Drakkus" to get his revenge on the Turtles) mentioned in the game description?
What was the basic style of play?
I had it...wish i still did. I made my own POGs with the cardboard box back.
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I had it...wish i still did. I made my own POGs with the cardboard box back.
Dude, POGs are so Old-Skool!
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:00 AM   #15
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I own the 1989 one. Sitting right next to me actually, right next to my Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Game Wizard. Also got a few VR Troopers Games for my Game Wizard. Use to rack up scores on them like no other, lol. Anyone else ever heard of Game Wizard?
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I've got that there Dimension X Assault. Got it on eBay still in the package about a year ago for like $12. The instructions are weird as hell; they only refer to Foot Soldiers as "Cyber-Soldiers", and it indicates that they, along with Bebop and Rocksteady, are Berserko's minions.
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Here's a couple of foreign handheld LCDs with which I'm not familiar:

"Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" by Grandstand

http://cgi.ebay.com/Teenage-Mutant-H...item5644470f98

"Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Four for Four"

http://handheldempire.com/game.jsp?game=1044
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I've seen Four for Four on the official site but that Grandstand one is new to me.
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I've seen Four for Four on the official site but that Grandstand one is new to me.
Does TMNT: Four for Four play similar to any of the other LCDs? The picture of the gameplay kinda reminds me of TMNT3: Shredder's Last Stand.
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Does TMNT: Four for Four play similar to any of the other LCDs? The picture of the gameplay kinda reminds me of TMNT3: Shredder's Last Stand.
Couldn't tell you. As I said, I've only seen it on the site.
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