TMNT 3 The Manhattan Project (NES) J&MM

Mike Matei / April 13th, 2015

This week, James Rolfe, Mike Matei and special guest Doug Walker play “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project” for NES!

See Nostalgia Critic & AVGN: TMNT 2014 review here

Check out Doug’s videos here!


And check out James & Mike Mondays’ Turtles in Time (SNES) if you haven’t seen it! 



  • QuickMan

    April 13, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Awesome vid as always!

    • April 14, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Actually I like this better than TMNT 4 because it has more level variety. In TMNT 4 everything is just linear, its the same stages but only the background changes. The only thing i dont like much in TMNT 3 is the music, its not bad but not as memorable as the other games.

    • aaron Garcia

      April 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      of course

  • Dan021

    April 13, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Glad to see Doug again and Mike is still playing in 1P which is fun to watch too. Great job.

    • xZombie1x

      April 15, 2015 at 12:47 am

      He’s much better than drunk ass annoying douche JonTron.

      • May 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

        At least Jon isn’t constantly screaming for attention in a girly voice. “Look at me guys! look at me, you’re looking right? I’m still funny right?”
        Maybe he’s just too loud and hyper for my taste.

  • Dan021

    April 13, 2015 at 12:31 am

    And no I have no idea what is the name of that dude…. Groundshock? Really? XD Looks like an oversize gremlin.

    • net_rogue

      April 13, 2015 at 12:58 am

      Ground-Chuck. 😉 Like a chuck steak.

      • Dan021

        April 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

        oh thanks!

  • AllMightyMasterBaiter

    April 13, 2015 at 12:38 am

    4th!! oh, and also i love doug

    • assjack

      April 13, 2015 at 12:42 am

      REAL 4TH!!!

      • AllMightyMasterBaiter

        April 13, 2015 at 3:05 am

        nah uh, pussy. i was the 4th person to comment on this video, stupid.

      • assjack

        April 13, 2015 at 5:38 am

        No, you are the stupid one. Clearly you don’t know the rules kid. You have to say “REAL” before the number.

      • April 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

        You both should be castrated. Nobody fucking cares what comment you are.

      • Highwing

        April 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm

        I think they’re just goofing around. No reason to take it so seriously.

    • shitypickle

      April 20, 2015 at 8:47 pm


  • Allen Lucas

    April 13, 2015 at 12:43 am

    I do remember watching Wild West Cow Boys as a kid. Must’ve really forgotten about it!

    Mike’s pissing on the screen story is legendary. I wonder if somebody else ever did that while watching a bad movie?

  • April 13, 2015 at 12:56 am

    doug remembers the Cowboys of Moo Mesa too? nice.. i remember it from when i was kid.. that theme song was really catchy.. try try listening to it and not find it catchy

    • AllMightyMasterBaiter

      April 13, 2015 at 3:07 am

      oh, gosh! now the theme song is stuck in my head!!!

  • Don Skiver

    April 13, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I didn’t have Turtles 3 on NES as a kid…but I *did* have Turtles 2 on NES. My brother and I used to play the shit out of that game. We had that game mastered and could beat it every time we played. I figured out a consistent way to do the “power attack” by sliding my thumb from the “B” button to the “A” button and that’s how I could beat the game in 1 player mode. The only downside to my method, however, was that since I played the game so much, I ended up getting this god awful blister on my thumb and had to stop playing Nintendo for a couple weeks. I could only go a couple days and ended up playing anyway…very painfully, might I add. I finally stopped playing when the blister suddenly popped during a particularly intense session of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out and I couldn’t put any pressure on it anymore without my 8 year old self being in agony.

    Good times.

  • Rodd Kinzer

    April 13, 2015 at 1:18 am

    My reaction is to mike’s little story is What the Fuck Mike!!? did you really shit in the theatre!! Thats badass, you REALLY hate that movie soooo bad. I do remember Coming Out of The Shell tour VHS which they play the most annoying songs, and I do remember some of the scenes and I preferred not relive it, past is a past bro! But great video, I used to rent that game for that High Foot to everyone hahaha

  • April 13, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Seriously how do they have memories of the cartoon show? They gave out several episodes and random villains of the show from the late 80’s early 90’s here.

  • Rennie Page

    April 13, 2015 at 2:44 am

    The teenage mutant ninja turtles was more than just a show to some of us. It was easily our entire lives at the time. So remembering villains and allies alike just comes naturally. It’s still hard to put into words what a grip it really had on me as a young kid. I can sum up my child hood in a few words, teenage mutant ninja turtles, power rangers, the Disney Afternoon shows, inspector gadget and the real ghostbusters. Those were the days.

    • ToadRoad

      April 14, 2015 at 1:45 am

      You must be around my age, because I spent all my time either watching Real Ghostbusters or TMNT, or playing with the action figures.

      • Rennie Page

        April 14, 2015 at 3:51 am

        Born in 86 🙂

  • windrammingroadkillskunk

    April 13, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Was the theater full when Mike pissed on the screen? If so, what was the audience’s reaction?

  • April 13, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Only because you guys give me something to do for a few minutes at least once a week, I’d be willing to educate you on all-things TMNT. You’re welcome.

  • April 13, 2015 at 3:28 am

    its that doug guy again. 😛 meh, kinda sucks.

  • Guillaume Beck

    April 13, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Is this story about Mike pissing on screen actually true ? I just can’t believe this !

  • Xen11

    April 13, 2015 at 4:38 am

    So this is build up to making us yearn for James and Mike together again? It’s like some kind of rift story arc. Now you gotta have a musical to reveal all the hidden truths you’ve been keeping from each other so you two can be closer than ever.

  • April 13, 2015 at 4:47 am

    30 Something Nerdy Critics!
    30 Something Nerdy Critics!

  • horrorshow

    April 13, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I would love to see a new TMNT fighting game like Tournament Fighters on S/NES and Genesis but one that really incorporates the 1987 show elements. The look of it, the characters etc Tournament Fighters only seemed to use Archie comic characters. Ideally it would be in a style like Smash Bros which would allow for more impossible/comical moves so you could play as Irma or Vernon haha but more importantly casey jones, slash, krang etc

  • Frits007

    April 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Aahhhh…….time to relax after a day of work with another fun addition 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

  • JayRam

    April 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Man, does this game bring back memories. When this was released, I was at the peak of being a TMNT fanatic.

    I still have my copy too.

  • Thin Thrizzy

    April 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    This Doug guy is nearly unwatchable. Stop trying so hard, jesus.

    • Highwing

      April 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Yes, Jesus really needs to stop trying so hard.

      • April 14, 2015 at 12:42 am

        Jesus does need to do quite a bit less, I agree…So does Doug.

      • greedo

        April 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm

        @HighWing Heh, heh… love it! 🙂

    • ToadRoad

      April 14, 2015 at 1:48 am

      He seems like he’s really nervous/uncomfortable.

      • ToadRoad

        April 14, 2015 at 1:49 am

        Doug, not Jesus.

      • greedo

        April 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm

        I think that’s his personality. He’s always seemed to be a bit high-strung to me.

  • April 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Oh God, Doug again. I really hope you guys didn’t film a bunch of these because he really sucks. Look at him dominating your show, he literally never stops talking and trying to get the spotlight on him.

    • Highwing

      April 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      I could hardly even pay attention to the game because of him. The whole video felt really jumbled.

  • Robert Lavoie

    April 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    You guys should do Hyperstone Heist for Genesis. I had SNES with Turtles in Time and my buddy had Genesis- it was cool to play both even though they were very similar. You guys could break down some of the differences.

  • April 13, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    TMNT Sidekick Ternatemt Edition would be awesome! I would be Casey Jones or Mutagen Man so can change into anybody. Somebody should a fighting game with 80’s Cartoon Characters Thundercats, Bionic Six, Silver Hawks, Voltron, Transformers, GOBOTS, He-Man, She-ra just to name a few. 80’s Smash Fighter Available on NES, SNES,SMS,Genesis,N64,Dreamcast,PS1/2 and Original Xbox. People are still making games for SNES and Genesis even Dreamcast why not the other consoles to. I would pay to see a fighting game like this made. It Would be AWESOME!!

  • Palantas

    April 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Who drinks a martini on the beach? Teenagers who don’t know any better, I guess.

  • Shannon Gold

    April 13, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    For those who are unfamiliar with this “Doug guy”… may I direct you to this:

  • Pumphrey

    April 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I dunno, the Cartoon series pretty well sucked. They took a great comic book series and turned it into something they could market to 5-year-olds with cutesy characters, pathetic storylines, and no fighting. Ninjas… that don’t fight… they jump around, they might cut a rope that drops a sandbag on somebody… that’s about it. It’s no wonder the Power Rangers took off so well… they actually had ACTION scenes.

    Michael Dooney’s awesome artwork on the game covers was the best thing about the TMNT games back then. I always wondered why they used his artwork. I mean it WAS awesome, so why not have the cartoon look that great? If the comic was thought to be “too intense” for kids, why not use art like the cartoon they were familiar with to market stuff?

    • ToadRoad

      April 14, 2015 at 1:55 am

      To some those elements made the TV series a disappointment, but for me and most every other kid in single digits during its run, those were the exact aspects of the adaptation that made TMNT an obsession. As for the game cover art, it reminds me of DC comics recent DTV movies. The covers are a really cool, almost photo-realistic art style, but the actual animation in the movie looks like a Saturday Morning Cartoon.

  • itscmillertime

    April 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Nobody ever remembers Cowboys of moo Mesa! My brother and I loved that show! The arcade game is pretty sweet. My brother owns every action figure from that show!

  • gluserty

    April 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    1988-89 were my biggest years for this franchise, and after that I moved on.

  • Ghaleon

    April 14, 2015 at 2:50 am

    blah, why did you guys not use the throw move at all despite the fact you knew how to do it! its damage is 2X (or more if you throw em into others). It’s basically better than the a+b move in turtles 2, which you guys would use, me no get.

    • Pumphrey

      April 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Same reason the sucked at Golden Axe 2 and so many other games… There’s a saying, “You can work hard, or work smart” and James and Mike always seem to pick ‘Hard’. If you want to see a game played well you gotta watch a video with Bad Luck Bootsy. Otherwise it’s two guys dicking around a game they know nothing about. Which IS still funny to watch as far as I’m concerned.

  • ozlow

    April 14, 2015 at 7:07 am

    why does Doug appear on J&MM so often lately? the atmosphere is a lot better when it’s just James and Mike. IMO.

    • greedo

      April 17, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      James and Mike usually get together 1-2 times a month on a weekend, and just thrash these out. I think they make something like 3 or 4 in a row in one day, which is why you often see the same people several times in a row.

      And while I agree with you that it’s better with James and Mike, I don’t mind them having guests every once in awhile, just to switch it up.

  • April 15, 2015 at 1:35 am

    You use the specials during boss fights.

  • Rennie Page

    April 15, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Doug is the Nostalgia Critic. A brilliant movie reviewer. You should give him a shot before you knock him. James and Doug had a fake feud years earlier over online reviews. Great stuff from both. Glad to see so many crossovers lately. The new ninja turtle movie review was awesome. Love the turtle flubs you reference!

  • ddt_Eagleeye

    April 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Doug is talking too much. Please bring the show back to James and Mike only.

  • Jeff Parson

    April 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    tmnt turtles in time on snes is the best.

  • April 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    This guy Doug is super annoying. He ruins an otherwise great video.

    Not trying to be mean, just being honest

  • Captn Gore

    April 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hahahaha still laughing at that story of Mike peeing on the screen. You win the internet for today my good sir.

  • A

    April 17, 2015 at 1:35 am

    This was one of my favorite games as a kid. The level design is varied and all the boss fights have a good mix of strategies. I’m actually surprised at the massive amounts of slowdown. I never really played two-player much as a kid with two sisters, but this game is pretty much unplayable with two.

    As far as the complaints about move variety…
    While the turtles games really didn’t have too much in the way of moves, Manhattan Project was a big step up from the Arcade Game port.

    The “super move” of A+B in The Arcade Game was replaced by the (much easier on the thumbs) Down + B. You guys mentioned it earlier as the move that tosses an enemy over the turtles head.

    The DownB move does two hits for the price of one, basically making any basic A attacks useless (just like the basic A was useless in TMNT Arcade Game).

    The unique special ability to each turtle is a nice touch and deciding which one to use based on the upcoming boss fight is a nice element of strategy.

    That’s of course made possible by the fact that you can switch turtles after death in this game, which is a call back to the ability to change turtles in the original NES game.

    Good video!

  • greedo

    April 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Speaking of the vid, it’s a great vid. As for Mike peeing on the on the video… eww! Kinda reminds of the story about Alfafa from Little Rascals peeing on the stage lights on the set. That guy was a… well, you know.

  • Lastor

    April 20, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Just to get an unpopular opinion out there, if it makes any difference, I enjoy Doug’s contribution to James and Mike Mondays. Having stopped watching Nostalgia Critic and his other videos about two years ago, I’d completely forgotten how quick he can be on his feet. Brings a different type of humor to it, too.
    Hate on him all you want, you’re allowed, but I don’t mind his presence. Variation is always refreshing.

  • Belligeron

    April 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

    This is just my opinion, but so far I hate Doug being in these videos. He’s the classic example of someone trying way too hard to be funny. He’s the kind of person who in a group of people will just never shut up, to the point it just feels awkward… He’s probably really nice but I’d rather just see James and Mike play without him.

  • Kent Gissing

    April 25, 2015 at 11:17 am

    There is actually a point to the special moves taking a chunk out of your health, and that is to prevent you from using it all the time. In that regard, the special moves are feasible when there are like a billion enemies on the screen and for the price of a bit of health you can take out the entire screen with less damage being inflicted on you than if you would’ve tried to fight off everyone in normal close combat. Its mostly a guessing game as to when and where its acceptable to use it, but obviously, its not to be used often.

  • May 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Used to agree about super-moves that drain life but, if you know you are going to take damageu can deal equal damage to baddies + knock them back. if you are about to beat a boss, run up sacrifice some health, win – life refill.

  • Ron Caribbean

    May 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Such a bummer, I have been waiting for James & Mike to do a video on this game and Doug had to be on it 🙁 that dude is the worst.

  • ben

    July 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    My brother and I never had a SNES. We had an NES until the N64 came out. We popped this fucker in any day and beat it from start to finish. I have a couple suggestions for games you guys could play that I had in my NES library as a kid that I haven’t see around the site yet. Maybe Desert Commander or Snow Brothers could be used in some form. Anyway, keep up the great work!

  • Lastor

    July 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    You guys do realize that “the flip” is the special move? Kills regular Foot soldiers in one hit, what more could you ask for? Hits other enemies too when you sling them over your shoulder. It’s better any move in the previous game.

    Another, quite an essential thing you managed to neglect is the A+B “one-hit wonder” that drains your lifebar, something you referred to as pointless. It maybe the cleverest piece of programming in the entire game! If you’re on your last knob of health, the move doesn’t take it away. In other words, so long as you don’t get killed, you can do some serious massacre. I had an OUTSTANDING run just the other day, hanging on to my last bit of health mowing down enemies in the Technodrome like a champ. It’s a last resort. If it was to be used constantly, then it would be pointless.

    That’s my two cents. Sorry for the rant.

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