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The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

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SNES
86
4.0
Wii
76
5.0
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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.

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The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES An arcade
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES Cutscene of traveling to another island
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES This whole stage can be rotated by jumping on certain switches
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES On the fourth island

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Total! (Germany) SNES Apr, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Jan, 1994 92 out of 100 92
IGN Wii Apr 30, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
MAN!AC SNES 1994 84 out of 100 84
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Nov, 1991 8.3 out of 10 83
GameCola.net SNES Sep, 2008 8.2 out of 10 82
Consoles Plus SNES Sep, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 31, 2007 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
GamePro (US) SNES Jan, 1992 3 out of 5 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jun 15, 2007 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

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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