The Red Swayze Challenge Round-Up

Hey hey, folks! Lumpz the Clown here, and I feel that it’s about time that I wrote this. Recently, my good buddy JD McFly of theTRUENHONEST handed out a most unique challenge to the entire gaming community: get as far as you can in TMNT for the NES using only Raphael! For anyone who has had prior experience with TMNT, you know what the challengers are in for!

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That sounds about right…

But wait…JD upped the ante by laying down some ground rules, which are as follows:

  1. No subweapons allowed.
  2. No switching out characters.
  3. Pizza, the Turtle Van and Ninja Ropes are allowed.
  4. Emulators are permitted, but save states are not.

To get an idea of how to properly complete this challenge, JD’s original video can be viewed here.

My Own History with TMNT

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Shortly after my brother and I got our very first NES Action Set, our mother decided to get us TMNT because she knew it was one of our favorite cartoons. Little did she know of the treacherous path that she had set forth…

I mean…who can say “no” to THAT?!

Of course, the first time I played it, I got my ass handed to me, even when I quickly decided that using Raphael strictly as a tank was my best option and that Donatello was my “go-to” guy. The furthest I have ever gotten to this day is the hallway right outside of Shredder’s den, a feat that I have not been able to replicate since.

The Aftermath of the Red Swayze Challenge


After the challenge was issued, a total of thirteen brave YouTubers have stepped up to accept the challenge! The full playlist of these brave warriors can be viewed here, and includes videos from:


JRock GameRocker

Joe Fritts Adventures in Video Games

John Riggs: RIGG’d Games

The Game Case

GameOver Club


GameGlitchGuy G3


Emmitt Despain

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Brasel TheGamer


And, of course, Yours Truly!

Wrapping Up

Any submissions to the Red Swayze Challenge that are hosted on YouTube that either myself or JD McFly find are added to the above-stated playlist for the whole world to see! There is no deadline for this challenge, and is geared towards anyone who wants to give it a try!

I love how this challenge inspired other Let’s Players to get involved, and I’ve met some pretty awesome folks I would have not met otherwise. Let’s continue to get together for challenges like this from time to time, and show ’em what’s up!

Lumpz the Clown OUT!


Looking for more NES challenges? Look no further than the Double Trouble Spring Time Wreckless Abandon Challenge featuring TMNT II and TMNT III, as issued by BenevolentDickNes.

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