One thing I was thinking of mentioning in last week’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles post was other video games that reference the Turtles, but I figured the post was long enough without that. One game that immediately came to mind was Final Fantasy V, which features a rather sarcastic 700-year-old turtle sage named Ghido.
At one point, he says the line, “You think I sat around seven centuries munching on pizza?”, which I found quite amusing.
This line wasn’t in the original FF5, but added in by the English translator of the Game Boy Advance version. I believe some of the other cultural references were as well. Another one I liked was Gilgamesh’s “It’s morphing time!”, obviously a Power Rangers reference.
Not that I was ever really into the Power Rangers, although my brother was at one point. By then I was getting to the point where I didn’t have so much interest in youth fads, I guess. I’m not saying the show didn’t have a definite cheesy appeal, as TMNT did. But I kind of thought TMNT gave the kids more credit, in that the cartoon acknowledged when the writing was hacky, encouraging you to laugh with it. I never really got that sense from Power Rangers. Sure, I’m one of many people who loved how incredibly cheap the whole thing looked, but I got the impression that wasn’t what we were SUPPOSED to like. But I’ll admit I didn’t watch it as much, so maybe I’m not giving it enough credit.
The Mario games also referenced both of these pop culture phenomena. In Super Mario RPG, your team has to fight the Axem Rangers, an obvious play on the Power Rangers.
Then, in Paper Mario, the Ninjakoopas apparently chose to model themselves after some other turtles who happened to be ninjas.
I guess it stands to reason that talking turtles would appreciate others of their sort, even though the TMNT probably wouldn’t get along too well with the Koopas. There’s actually a Captain SNES comic that reveals that Bowser himself is a fan of the Ninja Turtles, but doesn’t like to admit it because it’s a show about heroes.