Track of the Week: Sewer Surfin’ (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time)

Take a race through the sewers of NYC with this week’s track!

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 08/31/2014 12:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Our younger readers might not realize this, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were once synonymous with Nintendo systems. At the peak of the popularity of the heroes in a half shell, they appeared in three games on NES, all of which received critical acclaim, with sales to match. In 1992, Super Nintendo hosted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, an enhanced port of the similarly titled arcade game. To this day, the title remains one of the most well regarded licensed games of all time, and an unquestioned classic of the SNES era. This week, Nintendojo is taking a look back at the Super Nintendo era, and we’re kicking things off with our Track of the Week, “Sewer Surfin'”!

“Sewer Surfin'” takes the turtle teens back to the place they call home. The Rat King has invaded the sewers, and players will have to zip through the waterways beneath Manhattan in order to stop him. What I really like about this track is that it captures the fun of the level, and the game in general. The role of music in video games is often so crucial, because it affects the player’s psyche. The second you hear a track like “Sewer Surfin’,” you know what to expect from the level, and there’s something very interesting about that. The track’s pace perfectly matches the level.

While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game franchise may not be as highly regarded as it once was, those original games still hold a strong place in the hearts of many gamers. The original arcade version of Turtles in Time has seen a few re-releases (including one on GameCube), but the Super Nintendo version remains exclusive to that platform. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Konami eventually brings the title back to the Nintendo masses.

What are some of your favorite tracks from the Super Nintendo era? As always, let us know in the comments below!

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