Published on December 28th, 2013 | by Tanuki1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES! Too Good To Be True?
If you’ve been following the CKE18 Blog throughout the past year, you’ve probably noticed that I have an affinity for many things—green things, that is. Atop the list in position #1, next to Japanese girls in neon-green thongs, is Teenage Mutanat Ninja Turtles. I must hold RatKing partially responsible for turning me back on to these muscular, butt-kicking dudes that I dug so much as a kid. So now, whenever my turtle radar picks up on any totally radical news about the fellas, I’m all over it, like a hot slice of double-cheese pizza, oozing with nostalgia.
Time is always of the essence, so without further ado, I bring you the most incredible find of the year: a custom built, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES. The very first moment I laid eyes on this beauty, I was absolutely floored by its subtle intricacy. Would this be something you’d even bother fire up and play? Not me. No effin’ way! I’m not laying my greasy paws on such a kick-ass tribute to the green guys! In my freaky reality, I think it would be best protected behind bulletproof glass in the Smithsonian or maybe Nintendo’s Headquarters in WA., where all us fans can appreciate it for decades to come.
Oh, and here’s the kicker, amigos: If this NES is something you’d love to own for your self, well, the current price on Ebay is listed at $1,225.00 with under 24 hours to go. The bids are beginning to roll in quickly as the auction approaches its final hours, and I expect it to sell for at least a couple hundred higher than that. Head over there before it’s too late!
UPDATE — The TMNT NES auction has peaked at $1,612.10 (54 bids) and ended! But alas, there were allegedly some “trolls” who bid early, then decided to retract them later, claiming to have bid the wrong amount, thus ruining it for those legitimately trying to win — What jerks! On a side note: Do you guys think the console should have sold for even more?
So who’s the mysterious figure behind this funky box of turtle fun? The man goes by the alias Platinumfungi (FB page), and he’s no stranger to converting NES consoles into custom works of art. It’s interesting, ya know: I never thought I’d look at an original NES and say to myself, “Tanuki, it’s missing a little something. A bit drab …too gray …not enough punch”. Platinumfungi (aka Ryan Fitzpatrick) has found a unique way of capturing those fun gaming memories of yesteryear by letting his artistic genius flourish, and ultimately producing a piece of original work that is not only all his own, but successful in achieving his mission of “creating things the world has never seen.” Would you agree, my CKE18 friends?