Saturday, October 18, 2008

IR Pop Culture Cagematch: Ghostbusters vs TMNT - Games and Movies

Posted by Wheezy

This is the sixth post in our IR Pop Culture Cagematch (IRP2C?) series. This series is pitting Ghostbusters against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Previous posts: Television ,Weapons, Base & Transportation, Ladies, Enemies.

Immediate Regret's Pop Culture Cagematch
Ghostbusters versus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In this final installment, we will be taking a look at Games and Movies of the respective franchises.


Of course when one thinks of games for these two storied franchises, the mind immediately jumps to the good ol' NES.
You can play the original Turtles game online here.

Let's be honest. Neither of these first attempts can really be called great. Even allowing for some wiggle room since both of these were early on in the maturity of the video game world, neither cartridge is going to fetch a high price on the used market these days. The turtles was not based in any sort of lore from either the TV show or the comics. And the Ghostbusters game was a mind numbing grind that concluded with contracting carpal tunnel by jamming the "A" button to run up 22 flights of stairs. It was funny in the movie, but forcing us to do it in the game takes all of the humor out of the situation. For a more detailed and profane (Audio NSFW) rant on each of these games, check out the Angry Video Game Nerd's reviews of each (here and here).

The difference between the G-Men and the Turtles is that the Turtles continued on to create some of the greatest video games mankind has ever known. Switching from the awkward single player platformer to the multiplayer arcade foot soldier thrashing extravaganza paid off in spades.
Play the NES version of the Turtles Arcade game online here.

These games were what slumber parties were based on back in the day. And not only that, since the turtles has continously been rebooted and reimagined in both TV and movie form since the original series aired, we've seen more and more Turtle games released, all keeping to the same game play premise, and generally speaking, being a good time.

Not only that, but I remember a board game for the Turtles that I absolutely loved.

Pizza Power  - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Board Gam (Image1) Pizza Power  - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Board Gam (Image5)

Seriously, that game was awesome. The Turtles get this one in a landslide.... for now.

Ghostbusters vs. TMNT: Games
Winner: TMNT


With movies we once again have a situation in which the Turtles continued to produce material long after the Ghostbusters. Unlike the video games, however, I think anybody would be hard pressed to disagree with the fact that the first efforts for both franchises were the best. For me, television and video games are largely flavored by my memories as a child. Movies, on the other hand, are judged against a higher critic. Do they still hold up as entertaining today? Let's first take a look at the respective trailers.

Ghostbusters Movie Trailer

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trialer

I will say this, the Turtles' trailer leaves a lot more to the imagination. Both movies are still a great watch if you sit down with them today. The dark and grittier Turtles live action movie is still entertaining despite lackluster fight choreography (only so much you can do in big rubber suits) and one liners really meant to appeal to kids.

The second and third TMNT movies start trending more torward the youth audience, the second, of course, being characterized by our favorite white rapper, as Double M already mentioned. But let's be honest. Neither of these movies is phenominal when we strip away our the nostalgia.

Ghostbusters, on the other hand, gets better with age. Written by Dan Akroyd (Ray) and Harold Ramis (Egon), the movie has a lot of laughs that have nothing to do with ghosts. And the movie is better for it. Quick bit of movie trivia - anybody know what other movies Harold Ramis has writing credits on (without checking IMDB)? Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Analyze This, and Groundhog Day are probably the ones on his "Best of Ramis" reel. Honestly, the guy is a genius. Go back and watch Ghostbusters again (on no less). That movie is more than just nostalgia.

Even with the latest CG version of the Turtles in play (which was pretty awesome and entertaining), Ramis and crew have this one locked down... for now.

Ghostbusters vs. TMNT: Movies
Winner: Ghostbusters

So you might have noticed that I keep saying "for now" after the cagematch has been decided. Luckily for us, these two franchises are far from being done. The Ghostbusters have a new game coming out sometime next year that is getting a lot of great press up front. Not only was this written by the originals (Akroyd and Ramis), but it has all the original voice actors as well (including Murray). Here's some footage - it looks spectacular.

Not only that - but both Turtles and 'Busters are rumored to be making more movies in the very near future. Supposedly the next Turtles romp will be a CG live action hybrid while the next Ghostbusters flick has the writers from "The Office" working on it, and favorable interest from Akroyd, Ramis, and even Murray.

This battle ain't over yet kids. Look for RoyalCow's wrap up post for our cagematch a little later in the week.


Rohwer said...

Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!

Ben said...

ghostbusters definitely gets funnier and funnier everytime i watch it. I can't say that for TMNT

Anonymous said...

I ain't afraid of no Turtles!

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