The Super Nintendo is best remembered as defining the 16-bit era of video gaming, although many of us spent countless hours playing with Mario Paint instead. But that pales in comparison to the over four months Mike Matei spent recreating the opening to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ animated series using only the SNES’ beloved animation game.

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Each frame took Mike about half an hour to draw, referencing the cartoon’s original opening on a separate TV. Given the limitations of how long an animation in Mario Paint could be, less than a few seconds of animation could be created at any one time, giving you a pretty good idea of how grueling this labor of love really was.

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