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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Konami

Legend of the Mystical Ninja (SNES)

Legend of the Mystical Ninja (AKA がんばれゴエモン〜ゆき姫救出絵巻〜 Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki in Japan) is an action adventure role-playing game (RPG) developed and published by Konami for the Super NES console in 1991.

The game features Kid Ying and Dr. Yang, a pair of “ninjas” who are out to catch the local ghost woman to teach her some lessons. The story advances from here and the characters go into an adventure throughout Japan.

Legend of the Mystical Ninja Cover Box

Legend of the Mystical Ninja Cover (SNES)

The gameplay elements of Legend of the Mystical Ninja are like a cross between RPG and beat ’em up with other random elements added in for more fun. All levels have two stages: the first is a 2.5D animation overworld-style stage with shops, houses, and relatively tame enemies that you can kill in exchange of money and other upgrades; the other is a “Warlock Zone” stage that has all of the bosses and most of the actions in the game.

The overworld stages allow you to move up, down, right, left, and jump. It prepares you for upcoming things in the level. The bosses in the “Warlock Zone” are creative. They vary from dragon to airship to ghost to ninjas and each has a different way of being defeated.

The graphics of Legend of the Mystical Ninja is inventive and colorful. They are carried out in anime style that perfectly fits the game’s Japanese theme. The characters are cute and nicely drawn. The faces of the characters show goofy expressions that you will enjoy. The character sprites are well-detailed and huge; the enemies look different from one another.

The game shows various backgrounds on every stage. You will go from a peaceful seaside village to a place in a festive mood to a gigantic castle – each of them has its unique look and feel. After beating the boss, the ending scenes are great.

The soundtrack of this game is stylistic. It remarkably has traditional Japanese tone to it. It does a great imitation of Japanese stringed instruments and flutes as well as taiko drums. The game effectively uses both traditional and newer Japanese musical styles.

You will have lots of fun playing Legend of the Mystical Ninja. This SNES game is not that popular, but the characters and music are unique compared to other Ninja games. It was a breath of fresh air back in the 90’s, but you will feel the same way playing it today.

Legend of the Mystical Ninja game has been ported to SNES, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo Virtual Console.

Legend of the Mystical Ninja - Super Nintendo (SNES)
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