DescriptionGoemon (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.
- "Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki" -- Japanese Title
Part of the Following Groups
- Game Center CX challenge games
- Gameplay feature: Whac-A-Mole
- Games made into TV series
- Ganbare Goemon series
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The Press Says
|N-Force||Jun, 1992||95 out of 100||95|
|Total! (Germany)||Apr, 1994||1.25 out of 6||95|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Oct, 1991||93 out of 100||93|
|N-Force||Feb, 1993||93 out of 100||93|
|Nintendo Magazine System UK||Jan, 1994||92 out of 100||92|
|MAN!AC||1994||84 out of 100||84|
|Mega Fun||Mar, 1994||83 out of 100||83|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Nov, 1991||8.3 out of 10||83|
|GameCola.net||Sep, 2008||8.2 out of 10||82|
|Power Play||Oct, 1991||80 out of 100||80|
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1001 Video GamesThe 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-gameIn 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 codeOne 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 versionGoemon and Ebisumaru were renamed to Kid Ying and Dr. Yang in the U.S. version.
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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.)