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Mystical Ninja 2: Starring Goemon

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Released: 1998

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Nintendo 64

Publisher: Konami

Developer: Konami

Submitted by: Rhiannon Rawson

The second Goemon game on the Nintendo 64 was one of the console’s highlights- after the frequently criticized graphics and poor camera of Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, Konami got it right by returning to the 2-D side scrolling action that had made the classic SNES era Goemon titles so much fun. This fixed the camera issues, and allowed for some gorgeous, detailed backgrounds that made the game as nice to look at as it was to play.

Aside from the platforming, this game also features intensely fun boss battles where you take control of the bizarre looking giant robot Goemon Impact and his giant robot girlfriend Miss Impact. These fights have enough depth that they almost feel like a second game.

Another aspect of this game that deserves mention is its fantastic sound track. The game’s music perfectly set the mood for its bizarre story and beautifully designed levels- a few tracks do grow old after a while, but in general it’s only in the game’s toughest levels that after dieing for the hundredth time and having to start the level (and it’s music) yet again you’ll want to turn the sound off.

The best feature of any Goemon game, however, is the quirky, irresistible personality that the games are infused with. The dialog and the characters will make you laugh, I guarantee it. But even without it, the enjoyable platforming, excellent boss battles, and beautiful graphics make Mystical Ninja 2 a game that’s still worth owning.