The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

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Goemon (Kid Ying) and Ebisu-Maru (Dr. Yang) are enjoying themselves at home, when they hear about strange spirits sighted at the temple and taking control of the other villagers. Concerned, that a new evil has appeared, the two set out to confront it at the temple. This is just the beginning of a new adventure that will take them Goemon and his partner all across Japan; into moutain villages, amusement parks, castle fortresses and more!

Players control either Goemon or his partner Ebisu-Maru (or both, in 2 player mode). They sequentially travel through adventure-type villages and side-scrolling jump and run action stages. In the overhead-view villages, enemies must be defeated in order to earn money and other items (which include a weapon-enhancing lucky cat and mystical scrolls). The player is able to attack with their primary weapon and jump. Throwing weapons can also be used, which consume money for each one thrown. Attacking innocent villagers will cause the player to lose money. Money can also be gained (or lost) by visiting one of the numerous mini games, often in houses: which include mazes, whack-a-mole, the lottery, dice, a 3D labyrinth and a game trivia quiz show. Other businesses such as shops, resturants, inns and judo training can also be visited.

At the end of each village is an "action area" which changes the game in a complete side-scroller. One or both players can enter this place, filled with obstacles, traps, enemies and a boss creature. In addition to the regular moves used in town, players also gain the ability to unleash one of four special attacks for each character (if bought beforehand at the judo training center). These consume the scrolls collected in order to use. Additionally, in a 2 player game, characters can ride piggy-back on one another, to avoid getting stuck by a scrolling screen.


The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES At the entrance to another jump'n run level
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES A tricky passage
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES There are lots of mini-games: A maze-mini-game ...
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES In the first village - Cats can be collected to upgrade your weapon from a pipe to a yo-yo

Alternate Titles

  • "Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki" -- Japanese Title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Oct, 1991 93 out of 100 93
WiiDSFrance Wii U Feb 21, 2014 9 out of 10 90
IGN Wii Apr 30, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
MAN!AC SNES 1994 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun SNES Mar, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Video Games SNES Dec, 1991 81 out of 100 81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Sep, 1993 9 out of 12 75
GameSpot Wii May 02, 2007 6.6 out of 10 66 (UK) Wii Jun 15, 2007 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) SNES Jan, 1992 3 out of 5 60


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1001 Video Games

The SNES version of The Legend of the Mystical Ninja appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Gradius mini-game

In the Amusement Park stage (Stage 3), there's a Game Center that carries a game. The entire first stage of Gradius is hidden in Mystical Ninja as a Game Center mini-game!

Konami code

One of the villagers tells you that nothing will happen if you press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. This button-combination is a cheat that works in almost every Konami game.

US version

Goemon and Ebisumaru were renamed to Kid Ying and Dr. Yang in the U.S. version.

Information also contributed by Mobygamesisreanimated

Related Web Sites

  • The Mystical Website of Goemon (Fan site dedicated to the Ganbare Goemon (aka Mystical Ninja) series. Contains info on all the games in the series as well as character art.)
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