Hello at PlayStation Land! This is Chris Kohler. I am the editorial director of Digital Eclipse and the co-developer of the Next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Kawabunga Collection. We are excited to soon release a groundbreaking collection of 13 classic Konami TMNT games created for home video game consoles, portable games and arcades in the 80’s and 90’s.
In all 13 games in the Kawabunga collection, you can see the TMNT game mutations unfolding right in front of you. Today, we thought it would be fun to see the evolution of Bebop and Rocksteady, the faithful and unfortunate villains of Shredder, the two mainstays of the Turtles game.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (8 bits)
You will encounter pairs early in the first TMNT home game. Bebop is the first mini boss in the game to attack you in a cramped sewer corridor. Rocksteady is on the lookout for April O’Neill as the battle progresses. Touching Rocksteady will damage you. There is no way to beat him now. Just focus on bebop. Bebop does not fire weapons. He just tries to attack you! At the end of Stage 1, you’ll have a chance to get Rocksteady and his credible machine gun. If you think you have the upper hand, a shredder will appear and kidnap April again!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade Game (Arcade / 8-bit)
Rocksteady is the first boss you take on in the classic four-player experience. Using the machine gun again, he fires diagonally and punishes you for overdoing the jump kick. Bebop appears at the end of the next stage and packs Ripple Laser weapons. And Bebop and Rocksteady will appear together at the end of Stage 4, as if that weren’t enough!
Don’t let these two goons disappoint. There are many useful options to beat them, such as rewind, save / load anywhere, and custom watch mode where you can view each game’s playthrough and jump at any time. Playback will start.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Foot Clan Collapse (Handheld)
In the dreaded Foursome’s first portable adventure, Bebop and Rocksteady are armed with the same trick with a ripple laser and a machine gun. Fortunately, this version allows you to knock down projectiles with a timely attack, pushing up these mutated punks a couple of times. (Check out Bebop’s goofy damage animation in the original design docs!)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From the Sewers (Handheld)
Rocksteady doesn’t fight fairly when he meets him in this portable sequel. He summons a lot of infantry and drops a flowerpot on his head. Certainly a fake!
Back From The Sewers is a unique combination of side-scrolling and 3/4 view actions. Rocksteady battles take place in side-scrolling mode, followed by bebop battles with three-quarters of the view.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Manhattan Project (8-bit)
With an 8-bit masterpiece with lots of stages and lots of ingenious bosses, you’ll find Bebop and Rocksteady starting to become a little more creative in ambush. Rocksteady emerges from Key West Surf, which fires a spear fishing gun. (Oops, did we interrupt his vacation?)
In the meantime, Bebop is ridiculous with a ball and chain on his head, swinging around with his neck muscles and then firing at you. Did he design this himself? Is he okay? Has anyone recently checked in to Bebop?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (16-bit)
Bebop and Rocksteady didn’t appear in the Turtles in Time Arcade game, but the duo is an extended 16-bit version of “AD1530: Skull and Crossbones” as a pirate ship-level boss.
Since this is a long time ago, they are dressed in graceful elaborate clothing, Captain Rocksteady attacks with graceful Epe, and the sailor bebop on the poop deck tries to tame you with a whip.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (16-bit)
Rocksteady without Bebop? Peanut butter without chocolate! Pizza without cheese! But that’s true. This adventure is the only time in Collection Rocksteady, and a reliable machine gun appears as a boss without his best companions.
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On this journey of the past Turtle era, we’ve seen some design documents you’ve never seen before from Konami’s archives to get a glimpse of how these legendary games were created. Want to see more? Load the Kawabunga Collection and you’ll be able to dive into the Turtles’ hideout and delve into hundreds of pages with secrets in every corner!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Kawabunga Collection will soon be available on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. I know it’s hard to wait like a shell … but it’s worth it!