Ganbare Goemon

The story behind the Legend of the Mystical Ninja


Ganbare Goemon Box to the Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Ganbare Goemon The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

Now, I’ve gotta say, I’ve loved this game ever since I was a little kid. Probably partly (okay, greatly) related to the Ninja Turtles, like pretty much every other kid who grew up in the 1980s. I was still pretty young when this game came out, but I was old enough to know that most games from Japan were edited for American tastes. When this game came out with its ninja cats, Japanese kanji, and Japanese-sounding names, I was confident this is what games were like in Japan, brought over for my viewing.

But is that really the case? Or was it just a halfhearted editing job and a desire to get a game to market early in the SNES life cycle? I decided to take a look through the entire game and all the text to see just how much of the Japanese game remained, and how much creative license was taken. So! Without further adieu, let’s take a look into the world of Ganbare Goemon!


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