"A platforming adventure that takes place across Feudal Japan, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon focuses on a kiseru-wielding hero and his friends trying to prevent the country from being turned into a westernised fine arts theatre. Rich in Japanese folklore, yet stuffed with anachronisms such as giant robots, the varied gameplay and vibrant pseudo-historical setting make this a charmingly odd experience from start to finish."
User Reviews (7)
"Not everyone was successful in bringing their 2D IP to the third dimension. Konami however was one of the companies that did so successfully and it must have been a real challenge to keep all the charm from the previous four SNES outings of the series intact. Fantastic platform adventure with exceptional gameplay and fantastic music. Better than the sequel in my opinion. Essential."
"What do you call a game where you use a pipe and farts to fight food-monsters, duke it out in huge mechs, explore castles and towns inspired by the old japanese eras, fight a villain that comes from outer space and gain new allies, each stranger than the other along the way? A great Nintendo 64 classic with a bit of a platforming issue."
"Mystical Ninja is what you would get if you mixed the platforming of Super Mario 64, the exploration and collecting aspects of The Legend of Zelda, and a little Punch-Out...along with a hokey storyline involving kabuki space aliens, giant robot battles, and a soundtrack that borrows from both traditional Japanese and contemporary pop music, set in feudal Japan...and that's why I love this game."
"This is a delightfully eccentric game that is a joy to play in so many ways: the scenery, the music, the robot battles, the curious storyline. Although not the most challenging of RPGs, it still gives the gamer some challenge and can be the cause of frustration at times. This is a franchise that could do with a 3DS reboot - are you listening Konami?"
"This is a game I picked up because of Nintendo Power. The absurdity was something I gravitated towards, despite a lukewarm review. I didn't get all of the references in it, but the game was a blast to play and that's what mattered. I loved the designs and the characters were entertaining. It's a game for those looking for something offbeat, different... and FUN!"
"The incredible music alone keeps this up there as one of the best N64 gaming experiences, and the bright colours, character switching, coin throwing and dragon riding around Oedo Japan don't do it any harm either. Let's face it, a lot of gamers enjoy a bit of Japanese culture...maybe this is as much Konami's love letter to those folks as it is a game!"
"This was among the first games I ever saw for the Nintendo 64. Everything from the vibrant visuals to the catchy music screamed ‘amazing’ at me. Few games since have such an amazing theme tune and been filled with quirky Japanese humour, and robots! If you haven’t played this game, you are sorely missing out. This needs to reach the Wii U Virtual Console."
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