Mechanical servants of the intergalactic bounty hunter Shogun. They first appeared (within one of the new exclusive stages) in Konami's 1990 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (which is an enhanced port of the original 1989 coin-op game). Unimpressed with the squad of Foot Soldier fodder that his employer, Shredder, provides him with, Shogun prepares for his upcoming battle with the TMNT by supplementing that force with his own deadly minions: Vincent Van Growls (paper tigers), Venoms (mechanical scorpions), and Blades. In close quarters, Blades fight with precision hand-strikes; because their fingers terminate in knife-like talons, these blows can cause horrific damage. If a Blade can't immediately close with its intended target, it will instead leap into the air and rain kunai (throwing daggers) down upon its adversary. These robotic warriors are disturbingly accurate with said projectiles, thanks to the advanced targeting systems located in their central processors.
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