THEY’RE BACK! Cheetahmen II: "PLAY OR DIE"
For those of you who aren’t aware, Cheetahmen II is a horrid but beloved sequel to the original found on ACTION 52 for the NES. The sequel was never completed or officially released. But in 1996 roughly 1,500 cartridges were found in a warehouse (in Orlando, FL) and then released on the secondary market. The retro gaming community was never the same since…
ACTION 52 was an unlicensed Nintendo cartridge containing, said 52 games. 51 which were horrendous but out of the fire arose Cheetamen. Aries, Apollo and Hercules are the 3 half-Cheetah, half-Human characters that make up the TMNT inspired, Cheetahmen and are hell bent on stopping the evil Geneticist Dr. Morbis. Compared to the other 51 lack-luster games, Cheetahmen was quite enjoyable… but Cheetahmen II is a whole other story.
Cheetahmen II is legendary for all the wrong reasons, the game controls are stiff and virtually unplayable in every possible way. The game is absurdly difficult but keep in mind it was never fully finished but something tells me if it was… it probably wouldn’t be that much better than it is now. And the game had countless glitches, some so severe that it wouldn’t allow you to progress any further leaving you unable to beat the game.
Cheetahmen is respectfully the Troll 2 of NES games, complete with a cult following of millions world wide. You can find YouTube videos of the games theme song being remixed (I remember texting the lyrics to a Cheetahmen inspired rap song I wrote to Alex Gothelf a few years ago, it had a heavy Lil’ Wayne feel to it. I named it “Cheetahmeng“), bad ass fan art, and the AVGN has even ripped the Cheetahmen games an entertaining new asshole.
But it looks like the Cheetahmen are far from done. Greg Pabich the owner of the sole prototype of the ACTION 52 cart has gotten busy tracking down the original programmer (Mario Conzalez), locking down the trademarks and copyrights necessary and forming a team aptly named the “CULT OF CHEETAHMEN” in an attempt to finish and bring this infamous unreleased game to market… as an actual NES cartridge!
So to help him out with this endeavor, Greg has turned to crowd funding to help finish the project, which I assume will be very expensive; and has reached out to famous internet gaming personalities to help spread the word to “non believers” and fans alike as stated on their page. So if you’re a die-hard retro gamer or just a fan of games in general. Get your ass on over to their Kickstarter Page and get involved in making GAME HISTORY!
The idea of buying a newly released game cartridge for my dusty-ass NES is awesome! Ohhh yeeeaahhh!!! 🙂
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