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Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (Nintendo 64)

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Description

The people of Oedo Town are in a panic! A gigantic UFO shaped like a peach has arrived, and the Peach Mountain Shoguns have turned Oedo Castle into one big stage for themselves to perform on! Everyone's relying on Goemon to save the day, but he hasn't even noticed what's happening! Can our hero stop the Shoguns before they do any more damage?

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon is an action game with light RPG elements, similar in style to The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. It is also the first localized Goemon game since The Legend of the Mystical Ninja for the SNES. Players control Goemon and his friends as they make their way through Ancient Japan to stop the Peach Mountain Shoguns. You can talk to characters, whack enemies with your pipe (or hurl coins at them), visit a deranged fortune teller who shrieks out "PLASMA!" at random intervals for no reason, and more.

Each member of the Goemon team can also learn a special ability to access new areas as players progress through the game. Goemon earns the "Sudden Impact" power, which lets him move blocks he normally couldn't, Ebisumaru can shrink to small sizes so he can pass through tiny cracks, Sasuke earns an extra high jump, and Yae gets the ability to transform into a Mermaid so that she can swim underwater.

As usual, the gigantic roller-skating robot, Impact, makes an appearance. Players get to use him to trample down buildings and duke it out in first-person mode against gigantic mecha boss characters in a Punch-Out!! style game.

Screenshots

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Nintendo 64 The roller-skating Goemon Impact faces a... robot samurai.
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Nintendo 64 Goemon needs to dodge giant shish-kabobs - these DON'T restore health!
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Nintendo 64 Yes, enemies include large women with bunches of roses.
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Nintendo 64 Sometimes keys are cleverly hidden, like this one, on top of a crushing weight

Alternate Titles

  • " がんばれゴエモン ~ネオ桃山幕府のおどり~" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori" -- Japanese Title

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User Reviews

Just a fun game Calpis (62) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Consoles Plus May, 1998 93 out of 100 93
X64 May, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Game Play 64 Oct, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Super Play Apr, 1998 89 out of 100 89
Nintendo Land 2003 84 out of 100 84
Joypad Oct, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Legendra Dec 13, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GotNext Sep 04, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Nintendo Power Magazine Feb, 1998 7.1 out of 10 71
HappyPuppy May 04, 1998 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

The name Goemon actually comes from japanese folklore about a Robin Hood-like character from the Edo period. That character's name is Ishikawa Goemon.
Ben K (23018) added Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (Nintendo 64) on Feb 17, 2006