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The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

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SNES
86
4.0
Wii
76
5.0
Wii U
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Description

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.

Screenshots

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES ... you have to deal with this huge face
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES After you've finished these guys ...
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES A Boss-fight
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES Spooky

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

N-Force SNES Jun, 1992 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Oct, 1991 93 out of 100 93
N-Force SNES Feb, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Mag'64 Wii Feb 06, 2011 8.75 out of 10 88
IGN Wii Apr 30, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
MAN!AC SNES 1994 84 out of 100 84
GameCola.net SNES Sep, 2008 8.2 out of 10 82
Power Play SNES Oct, 1991 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Wii May 02, 2007 6.6 out of 10 66
GamePro (US) SNES Jan, 1992 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

Shameless plugs abound!

In the Amusement Park stage (Stage 3), there's a Game Center that carries a game that you'd NEVER expect to cross paths with...shall I say it?

The entire first stage of Gradius is hidden in Mystical Ninja as a Game Center mini-game!

But we'll forgive that, for this is a Konami game within a Konami game, and that's cool.

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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