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TMNT 2 - Options mode

Hack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game


Here is a hack that adds an options mode for the title screen with several functions.

v1.13 changes:

  • Changed “ULTRA” to “KONAMI” at the credits sequence.
  • Fixed the ending sequence bg graphics when using the patch along with the bugfix & polish hack (compatibility).

v1.12 changes:

  • Changed the Ultra logo to the Konami logo on the title screen.
  • Added “Mania” difficulty setting.
  • Added “Fighting” setting. Old = original game, New = rebalanced hp for enemies. Set “new” as default.
  • Made it so enemies don’t have invincibility frames when attacked when using the “new” fighting setting.
  • The special attack does 50% more damage in the “new” fighting setting.
  • Redesigned the options screen.
  • Moved the “ 2021″ credit into the options screen.
  • Difficulty settings now also affect the enemies’ aggressiveness.
  • Difficulty settings now also affect enemies’ starting hp if using “new” fighting mode.
  • Improved how scrolling works. Standing on the right side of the screen causes an auto scroll to take place. The point at which a manual scroll happens has been moved slightly to the left for a better experience. So now the screen is divided into 3 areas, as far as scrolling is concerned, instead of the original 2. No scroll, manual scroll and auto scroll. Originally it was just no scroll and manual scroll.
  • Added compatibility to the “TMNT II - The Arcade Game Revamped” and to the “TMNT2 - Bugfix & Polish” hacks. First apply the revamped patch, then the bugfix patch, and then the options mode patch.

v1.0 changes:

  • title screen and options menus can be controlled with the original select button, but also with Up/Down.
  • title screen and options menus can be confirmed with the original start button but also the A button.
  • options mode with sound test for all the music in the game.
  • options mode for selecting number of lives (0-9).
  • options mode for selecting number of continues (0-9).
  • options mode for selecting the difficulty mode.

Normal = original game. Hard = you take double damage from all sources. Easy = you take half damage from all sources, to a minimum of 1 damage.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Arcade Game (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: 40FF068D2A7BE1202D843C2A9DC1220F087A094A
  • File CRC32: C9FFBBDB
  • ROM SHA-1: DEE9CF8DCC91DE3F9C65181A07E7E84F7570363D
  • ROM CRC32: A9217EA2




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User Review Information

You Win

Reviewed By: Eldrethor on 17 Jun 2021

Back in the day, TMNT2 was an absurdly hard game, and I spent countless grueling hours trying to beat it. Even with cheat codes, Shredder’s obnoxious one-hit-KO lightning ray made sure that you had to work for your victory.

Nesrocks really went above and beyond with this hack, and it shows. The new Options menu is incredibly robust and packs a ton of settings that change the game significantly. The Lives and Init Stage settings render the cheat codes obsolete, which is nice because Konami went with some unmemorable combination of inputs instead of their classic code. The Sound Test and being able to change Continues are a nice touch as well.

What really blows me away are the Difficulty and Fighting settings, which drastically smooth out the game’s wildly janky combat. For once, I’m not using special attacks exclusively out of necessity because foot soldiers are more vulnerable to regular hits. These options also leave room for purists by retaining all of the settings needed to recreate the original experience, and there’s even a Mania mode for hardcore players who want to go harder.

Even nicer is the ability to combine this with the Bugfix and Revamped hacks. The end result is a competent arcade port with fluid controls, attacks that feel impactful, and clean graphics. Between the three hacks, it’s pretty clear that the base game was pushed out in an unpolished state, and I feel like this hack is the capstone that this game has needed for a long time.

I can’t praise this hack enough. Together with the two other hacks, it elevates the game to a level where the game now feels smooth and balanced, and leaves room for players to customize the experience to their liking. My only gripe (and it’s a minor one) is that this trifecta of hacks leaves the Pizza Hut signs removed, and I would love it if there were some way to restore them. Yeah, it’s obnoxious corporate advertising, but it’s a piece of 90’s nostalgia that I was sad to see gone. That aside, the changes are so significant that I can’t go back to the base game.

Version 1.13 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
You WinEldrethor17 Jun 20211.13Yes
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Play TMNT 2 your way.peacefighter04 Apr 20211.0Yes