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Retro Vault: Turtles In Time, Royal Rumble, Kirby, Zelda II

Plus: Total! magazine's guide to the NES

Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you want to catch up on previous Retro Vaults, check out the CVG Retro Vault archive.

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August 1992 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time magazine ad

Originally released as an arcade game, Konami's brilliant side-scrolling TMNT scrapper didn't receive widespread acclaim until it was brilliantly ported to the SNES (whereupon it was rebranded as a sequel to NES game TMNT III: The Manhattan Project).

As the title suggests, Turtles In Time depicts the turtles fighting their way through to the Technodrome to encounter Shredder, whereupon they're forced into a warp and sent back to various stages in time.

Players would have to scrap with Shredder's army in the prehistoric era (the year 2.5 trillion BC, to be exact), a pirate ship (1530 AD), a train in the wild west (1885 AD) and even a moonbase in the future (2100 AD).

The SNES version was also notable in its use of the console's Mode 7 sprite-scaling effects (previously used to their best in the likes of Super Mario Kart and Pilotwings). Players could throw the Foot Clan enemies into the screen, and a special Neon Night-Riders stage (set in 2020 AD) looked like the side-scrolling beat' em up equivalent of F-Zero.

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