The Ganbare Goemon series, known to many in the West as the Mystical Ninja series, is one of Konami’s longest-running and most iconic franchises…but since most the titles never made it out of Japan, this fact is largely unknown to the average gamer. The Mystical Ninja games in North America and Europe saw releases on the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and Nintendo 64…but the series has seen entries from as far back as the Famicom, and as recently as the Nintendo DS.
In the early 2000s, Konami attempted to reboot the series for whatever reason, and resulted in two games–Goemon: Shin Sedai Shuumei for the PS1, and Goemon: New Age Shutsudou! for the Game Boy Advance. In episode 2 of Import Gaming FTW!, I take a look at the latter…does it re-invent the series with new concepts and innovative design, all while retaining the charm that made Ganbare Goemon one of the most successful and prolific gaming franchises of all time? Well, if you want to know…there’s a link to the video…CHECK IT OUT!
At the time of this episode’s release, my editing and overall video-making skills were still quite a bit rough around the edges, but overall I am pleased how it turned out. I love the Ganbare Goemon series, and to me, Goemon himself is an icon of the import gaming scene. To all Goemon fans, I hope you’ll enjoy this video! And to anyone new to the IP, I really hope you’ll play some of the games and become a fan!