The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

a game by Konami

Platform: SNESSNES

Genres: Action, Adventure/RPG

Ohmmmmm... oops, excuse me, I was just meditating. You must usually be in tip-top mental and physical condition to be a true master of the video martial arts. However, that's not completely the case in The Legend of the Mystical Ninja by Konami for the Super NES.

Bushido Brothers

One or two players take control of a team of heroic ninja boys, the dynamic duo of Kid Ying and Dr. Yang. The town of Horo-Horo was ransacked by the dastardly Dragonbeast, and all the villagers went nutzoid when the Beast's right-hand lizard, Silver Serpent, cast a mind-mushing enchantment. Now you (as Ying or Yang) or you and your buddy (Ying and Yang) must smack them back to their senses.

When it comes to comical bop-n-bash, Ying and Yang know ninjitsu. They stomp through 10 Mystical Warlock Zones, which are each divided into two areas: a gold-gathering, clue-tracking overhead section and a side-view fight-to-the-finish. The game has passwords and unlimited continues, and your partner can "join in" any time.

Tools of the hade

Mystical Ninja represents a mishmash of Japanese and American martial arts culture. For example, Ying and Yang are trained in Pipe, Yo-yo, Flute, Whistle, and even Piggy-back attacking techniques. Weird but effective.

ProTips:

  • Press Up to sneak behind the background.
  • If you reach a dead end in a side-view maze, leap on the switch block to rotate the screen.

Shop 'Til You Drop

If River City Ransom had you pinching pennies for the best in kick-and-punch gadgetry, you'll find Mystical Ninja an all-out spending-spree. Over 16 different attractions (such as casinos, horse tracks, and saunas), stores, restaurants, and game rooms (featuring Gradius, Breakout, and others) are waiting to swindle you out of a buck or two. Buy items as needed, such as Pizza to restore health, Sandals for speed, and Straw Hats for protection.

  • Play Uncle Chan's Pop Quiz over and over for unlimited cash. What a bargain!

Villainous Vermin

Dragonbeast's bullies are as mean-fisted as they are good-looking. Ying and Yang face topsy-turvy clowns, robo-samurais, blob-headed black belts, and screen-filling bushido bosses. Locales include a carnival, an amusement park, a riverside dock, and a freaky forest.

  • Reflect the Level One boss ghost's bolt blasts back at her with your Mystical weapon.
  • Defeat all the egg-face guardians of the Level Two grandstand and a secret exit appears.
  • To beat the Dragon Boss in Level Two, climb his mast and knock out the lanterns. Then, jump down, turn around, and slam him in the face.

Strange Ninja in a Strange Land

Ever notice how the most popular Japanese game series tend to arrive in the U.S. several years late, and some never appear at all? Mystical Ninja is one that did make it over, but the game seems more like a sideshow than a video game, that is, plenty of distractions and too-bouncy ninja fighting. The graphics are colorful and well animated, but on the whole you don't get the "cutting edge" feel of other martial arts titles.

Ying and Yang put on a cutesy show of tough cartoony sluggery, but if you're looking for more complex video ninjitsu for your money, better save your strength 'til a true "master", such as Ryu Hayabusa, slashes his way into 16-bit dojos.

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The gaming gurus of Konami have successfully translated this truly impressive cart to the Super NES. Fill the role of a dynamic ninja duo as they take on a whole continent filled with dangers and challenge. Lots of different power-ups and cool Bosses highlight this magnificent title!

reggie posted a review

The second in Konami's Super NES releases, the Legend of the Mystical Ninja throws almost every game theme you can think of into the same pot, throws in several unique features and stirs them together in a multi-round quest to stop a horde of sinister forces.

Either alone or with a friend, you must overcome the dangers presented and locate a myriad of hidden items and games to win!

People say:

8

What a game! Talk about overkill, Mystical Ninja has it all! From cameo appearances of your all-time favorite Konami hits to some solid one and two player options, this game has it all! The graphics are too cheesy for me, with lots of pas-tels, but besides that it's killer!

8

This cart has the kind of game play that made the NES carts so fun to play. There are plenty of different options and little bonuses such as a miniature arcade that actually lets you play games. Cool graphics and an awesome soundtrack make this one of the better Super NES games.

9

Finally, a unique game that has all sorts of neat and amazing tricks that will dazzle your mind! Hilariously cute and comical creatures and play that is really impressive. Even the short games that you can play (from pong to the actual Gradius) are a great addition! Kudos fnr Konami!

8

Legend of the Mystical Ninja is an overwhelminggame-witb fast action and dozens, of special playing features. While the game is a gem in the one-player mode, the whole pace of play really picks up when a friend joins in! Despite the odd graphics, a great game!

reggie posted a review

The Legend of Mystical Ninja was a sleeper hit in the States, attracting players with its comical Japanese theme and many types of game play. This cart was known as Goemon in Japan. Now, Konami of Japan is bringing out the sequel to this game.

Goemon 2 looks even better than the first version. Expect to see all the little quirks that made the first one so fun. There are many different types of game play, including a new 3-D scene. Goemon 2 could be one of the best games of the year.

reggie posted a review
  • Number of Levels: 10
  • Theme: Action
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Number of Players: 1-2
  • Available: December '91

Can you save princess Yuki?

During the peaceful times in the land of Horo-Horo a sudden disaster has struck. The ghost princess Yuki is missing and rumor tells that her kidnappers are a mysterious group of masked men working for the sinister Dragonbeast. Worst yet, the Dragonbeast is preparing to unleash a plague across the land. Use your ninja abilities and take on the personality of Kid Ying or journey with a friend as Dr. Yang in a two player game. It's up to you to defeat your enemies and collect the better weapons that are strewn about you on your adventure.

These additional risk incentives allow you to gather more powerful implements and combined with detailed graphics and play, make Mystical Ninja a winner.

reggie posted a review

This totally original action cart from Konami has a lot of potential. It's filled with great graphics and has solid game play from beginning to end. It also features 2-player simultaneous game play.

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