The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were one of the hottest properties of the late 80's and early 90's.  From their humble beginnings as red bandana ninjas in the comics to the shell kicking cartoon and movie series, we were fortunate enough for Konami to acquire the license and develop some of the best video games during the 8 and 16-bit era.  I first experienced the arcade version at a video rental store that had a small niche loaded with arcade consoles.  I met one of my oldest friends playing this game there, and allowed him to share his birthday money with me to play co-op.  I was so excited when I read in Nintendo Power the arcade version was being ported to the NES, I eagerly awaited each new issue for any tidbit or screenshot, and nearly died waiting for the game to arrive in my stocking Christmas morning.