December 21st, 2009
|clessaileron||10:43 pm - Ninja Turltes fans + Nostalgia = Deadlier than the Shredder himself.|
Yeah, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Somehow, it's such a sacred piece of nostalgia.
Okay, I'll admit right now that I did grow up with the '87 Ninja Turtles cartoon series. Yes, I love it and yes, that cartoon series was my first exposure to those reptiles. But even early this decade, before the 2003 Ninja Turtles cartoon, I learned the Turtles I grew up with aren't the original Turtles. The original Turtles were from a dark comic book series. However, I read the first issue of the original comic via the official site and I liked what I read and, while I didn't get into the 2003 cartoon back then, despite being truer to the original series, I felt I should give it more of a chance sometime.
When I see many of the Ninja Turtles fans, they are so clinging to the '87 cartoon series.
Sometimes I feel they never got over the '87 Ninja Turtles cartoons. I know there are people out there that will tell you, "If you take off your rose tinted glasses, you'll realize it wasn't that good in the first place!" or that "it doesn't actually hold up today." I would think either of those would apply but they treat the '87 cartoon (where some would remember it for being a campy, formulaic series) as the original and the 2003 version (based around the original comic series and some would see it as a one with more of a plot and character development) as some pale imitation or something. No matter if what I said about the series was either me being serious or I was being tongue in cheek, they will be so protective of their '87 cartoon series, as if they're closed minded to the other Ninja Turtles series (well, the 2003 cartoons and the original comic book series). In fact, it's like they're scared of seeing this stuff.
I think that nostalgia gets worse if the Ninja Turtles video games are involved. Oh boy!
Ubisoft makes some Ninja Turtles game and the fans act like they got raped. One, there's TMNT: Smash Up, a Smash Bros. style game. Even though I'll say it would have been better if they added Bebop and Rocksteady instead of three Rabbids, they act like only the '87 Ninja Turtles cartoon is the only one that matters here and still feel they're more important than any other Ninja Turtles series, so throw more of that one in there. So it's not a worthy Ninja Turtles game if it's not their exclusive nostalgia rather not worthy for lousy gameplay and anything else that makes a bad game? But I find them really rabid when they get on about Turtles in Time: Reshelled. Seriously, I must be the only one that didn't have such a problem with this remake. In essence, I still feel it plays like the arcade version of the game with some changes. Even then, I'm willing to admit that plenty of the old beat 'em ups won't hold up to people's nostalgia, even without a remake, mainly due to the genre's somewhat shallow gameplay. And that's not even why the fans say Ubisoft raped their childhood and stole their ten dollars. It's because...Oh no, it's not colorful enough! Oh no! The music has been ruined! And most of all, "it raped their childhood!" It's not their nostalgia for the Ninja Turtles! At worst, I would say Turtles in Time: Reshelled was mediocre but I wouldn't say Ubisoft raped my childhood (while I'm at it, I can't believe I'm having to use rape when I really shouldn't be using rape here). However, I feel like if I say any more about how I didn't think Turtles in Time: Reshelled wasn't that bad, I get the feeling those fans will shove Crayolas in my mouth while blasting Vanilla Ice's Ninja Rap into my ears. Seems like they think of Ubisoft as the worst company there is because they raped their '87 Ninja Turtles childhood!
Also, I should bring up Konami. Konami did make some great games with the license. I'll even vouch for the SNES version of Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighter being an underrated fighting game. However, I'm not going to have nostalgia cover up why they should be handling the Ninja Turtles license. I may have enjoyed the first Ninja Turtles game on NES (and to some extent, I do) but even I have to say that, in some way, that game was asking for it. Also, Konami did do some Ninja Turtles game based on the 2003 cartoon and they ranged from, "meh" to "bad". So I wouldn't say Konami would do any better with it (and I love Konami). What's even crazier is that Ubisoft's GBA version of the TMNT CG movie tie-in game was considered good by many because it was a good throw back to the loved Ninja Turtles game Konami made (though with the slight chance of mislead nostalgia I kept talking about). *sigh*
If this is how rabid the fans are with their Ninja Turtles nostalgia, I don't blame Peter Laird for selling off his rights to the franchise he and Kevin Eastman created.
Look, I still love the '87 Ninja Turtles cartoon in that campy way, but even I admit the '87 cartoon series isn't the only version of TMNT in existence and not the center of the universe. Besides, they weren't the original one and there's a slight case of nostalgia misleading you. Maybe they should watch it again and see if their nostalgia misleads them. Either that or at least be more open minded to the other forms of the Ninja Turtles instead of hiding behind their sacred childhood memories. Besides, there's that whole, "rose tinted glasses" thing I've been using throughout this ranting.
P.S. Few of the opinions said here were said more to bring up a point to the rabid fans' "blind nostalgia." I still love Konami's old beat 'em up games based on TMNT. To put it this way, few of the opinions expressed here were actually me being a little, "tongue in cheek" about the rabid fans. Just figure I should say that before anyone replies to this entry since not all of what I said is actually my opinion.
I'm not hardcore into TMNT as I was when I was growing up; the live action movies kind of ruined it for me. But to be totally honest, I prefer the 2003 cartoon to the 1987 cartoon, in terms of art style and story.
I haven't actually played any of the games, though, and the less I have to listen to Vanilla Ice, the better for my mental health.