Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, known as Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori (がんばれゴエモン~ネオ桃山幕府のおどり, lit. "Go for it, Goemon ~Dance of the Neo Peach Mountain Shogunate~") in Japan, is a video game released by Konami for the Nintendo 64 on August 7, 1997 in Japan and April 16, 1998 in North America as the fifth entry in the Ganbare Goemon series. It was one of only four Ganbare Goemon games released in North America (after Legend of the Mystical Ninja, and before Goemon's Great Adventure and a Game Boy release with the same title). Featuring hybrid elements of platform games like Super Mario 64 and action-adventure games like the Legend of Zelda series, it is a free-roaming 3D adventure, unlike most of the rest of the titles in the Ganbare Goemon series which are primarily side-scrolling and stage-based.
Mystical Ninja follows Goemon and his friends' struggles to prevent the Peach Mountain Shoguns gang from turning Japan into a fine arts theater. The plot calls for three cinematic musical features and battles between giant robots; like other Ganbare Goemon games, it's peppered with surrealist humor and anachronisms.
This was one of my favorite games growing up. When I first rented it from Blockbuster, I didn't even own a Controller Pak in order to save the game, so I would leave my N64 on for days at a time so I could get as far as possible in the story before my parents forced me to turn it off. Mystical Ninja is an extremely quirky game, and a really fun experience. The dialogue can get pretty damn funny, the soundtrack (in my opinion) is incredible, and the story never takes itself seriously. That being said, there are flaws with the game: frustrating jumping at times, sub-par camera controls, a very inconsistent framerate, and to top it all off, it's extremely easy compared to the other games in the Ganbare Goemon series.
This will be a semi-informative LP. It's by no means a speed-run or super in-depth, but I know what to do and I'll keep the episodes moving along at a nice pace (the game isn't that long). Commentating with me will be Kuvo of Tipping Forties, but if you don't want to listen to us drone on about inane stuff you can simply download the Blip.tv source file (.mp4) and switch to the secondary audio track, which is just the game audio. It's like you're really not playing the game by yourself!
Episode 1 - "Giant Peaches: They're the Pits"
Episode 2 - "It was a weed joke"
Episode 3 - "Robots are fuelled by wanton destruction"
Episode 4 - "Achilles' heel was meant to be the weak point of someone."
Episode 5 - "We drive all the way to Walley World and it's closed"
Episode 6 - "Mystical Ninja, Starring Fernandez"
Episode 7 - "No Dune jokes"
Episode 8 - "The waiter-ghost of Applebee's"
Episode 9 - "The Plasma Frequent-Fortune Gold Card. Apply Now!"
Episode 10 - "Decapitated heads can still blink"
Episode 11 - "Yay, bazooka"
Episode 12 - "I hate training."
Episode 13, part 1 - "Unicorns, seahorses... same thing"
Episode 13, part 2 - "NEVER FORGET"
Voice-Acted Japanese Intro
Ganbare Goemon Medley (Pop'n Music)
Mystical Ninja soundtrack information
One of you mentioned it somewhere during one of the updates, and since the final update included a music-free version of "Plasma!!!", here's a ringtone version of it.
Cultural Education! (WIP)
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Differences between Japanese and English version