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Goemon

Goemon, the main character of the series

Ganbare Goemon, Goemon, or Mystical Ninja is a action adventure shooting game series by Konami.

Video Games

  • Mr. Goemon (May 1986). Arcade. Rereleased in 2010 for the Xbox Live Arcade and Games for Windows services, and in 2014 for PlayStation 4.
  • Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū (July 30, 1986). NES and MSX 2. Later released for Game Boy Advance and mobile phones. Rereleased in 2007 for Wii Virtual Console, 2013 for 3DS Virtual Console and 2014 for Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Ganbare Goemon 2 (January 4, 1989). NES. Later released on i-Revo. Rereleased in 2012 for Wii Virtual Console and 2014 for 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Ebisumaru Kiki Ippatsu (1990). LCD Handheld.
  • Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ōgon Kiseru (Januay 5, 1990). NES. Later released on mobile phones. Rereleased in 2012 for Wii Virtual Console and 2013 for 3DS Virtual Console.
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (July 17, 1991). SNES. Rereleased in 2007 for Wii Virtual Console and 2013 for Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Sarawareta Ebisumaru! (December 25, 1991). Game Boy.Rereleased in 2013 for 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Ganbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no Zaihō (January 3, 1992). NES. Rereleased in 2015 for Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu (December 22, 1993). SNES. Rereleased in 2008 for Wii Virtual Console and 2013 for Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijūrokubē no Karakuri Manji Gatame (December 16, 1994). SNES. Later released for mobile phones. Rereleased in 2009 for Wii Virtual Console and 2013 for Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake (December 22, 1995). SNES.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Uchū Kaizoku Akogingu (March 22, 1996). PlayStation. Rereleased in 2007 for PlayStation Store.
  • Ganbare Goemon (1997). Medal Game.
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (August 7, 1997). Nintendo 64, known as Ganbare Goemon: Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori in Japan.
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (December 4, 1997). Game Boy. Rereleased in 2012 for 3DS Virtual Console. Known as Ganbare Goemon: Kurofune Tō no Nazo in Japan.
  • Goemon's Great Adventure (December 23, 1998). Nintendo 64.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Kuru Nara Koi! Ayashige Ikka no Kuroi Kage (December 23, 1998). PlayStation
  • Ganbare Goemon: Tengu-tō no Gyakushū! (January 14, 1999). Game Boy Color.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Mononoke Dōchū Tobidase Nabe-Bugyō! (December 16, 1999). Game Boy Color.
  • Goemon Mononoke Sugoroku (December 25, 1999). Nintendo 64.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Hoshizorashi Dynamites Arawaru!! (December 21, 2000). Game Boy Color.
  • Bōken Jidai Katsugeki Goemon (December 21, 2000). PlayStation 2.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Ōedo Daikaiten (March 29, 2001). PlayStation.
  • Goemon: Shin Sedai Shūmei! (Decmeber 20, 2001). PlayStation and Game Boy Advance.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Tsūkai Game Apli (2002). A series of mini-games for mobile phones.
  • Mini Kyodai Robo Goemon Compact (2003). Mobile phones.
  • Kessakusen! Ganbare Goemon 1 & 2 (April 21, 2005). Game Boy Advance. A port of the first two NES games with extra mini-games.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Tōkai Dōchū Ōedo Tengu ri Kaeshi no Maki (June 23, 2005). Nintendo DS.
  • Ganbare Goemon Pachisuro (2009). Pachislot.
  • Ganbare Goemon Pachisuro 2 (2011). Pachislot.

Publications

  • Ganbare Goemon - Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki (December 3, 1991). A 3-volume manga by Hiroshi Obi.
  • Shin Ganbare Goemon: Jigoku-hen (January 5, 1993). A 3-volume manga by Hiroshi Obi.
  • Ganbare Goemon 2 - Kiteretsu Shougun Magginesu (December 27, 1993). A 2-volume manga.
  • Ganbare Goemon 3 - Shishi Juuroku Bee no Karakuri Manji Gatame (February 3, 1995). A 3-volume manga.
  • Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Douchuu (April 30, 1996). A 3-volume manga.
  • Ganbare Goemon Fiibaa (April 30, 1997). A single volume manga.
  • Ganbare Goemon - Neo Momoyama Bakufu no Odori (February 4, 1998). A 3-volume manga.
  • Ganbare Goemon - Yukihime Kyuushutsu Emaki (November 21, 2013). A single volume manga.

Animation

  • Ganbare Goemon: Jigenjou no Akumu (1991). An OVA animation.
  • Anime Ganbare Goemon (October 4, 1997 - March 28, 1998). A 23 episodes anime series. An English version was released by ADV Films in 2003 under the name Legend of the Mystical Ninja.
  • Ganbare Goemon: Chikyuu Kyuushutsu Sakusen (1998). Another OVA animation.

Links to Other Series

Mascot link:Konami Man makes an appearance in various games of the series.

Direction Series Date Description Type


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Konami Wai Wai World19880114 January 14, 1988Goemon is a playable character in the series, while purchasing a cartridge item at a store in Ganbare Goemon 2 turns the money woman into Konami Lady, and Konami Lady appears at the game center in The Legend of the Mystical Ninja.1


5Arrow R Parodius19880428 April 28, 1988Goemon and other series' characters appear as playable characters in several games of the Parodius series.1


5Arrow R Hai no Majutsushi1989 1989Goemon is a playable character in Hai no Majutsushi.
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4Arrow L Getsu Fuma Den19890104 January 04, 1989Purchasing a cartridge item at a store in Ganbare Goemon 2 turns certain enemies into Getsu Fuuma. The stage "Virtual Hell" in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu features enemies from Getsu Fuuma Den.1


4Arrow L Antarctic Adventure19890104 January 04, 1989Purchasing a cartridge item at a store in Ganbare Goemon 2 turns certain enemies into Pentarou from Antarctic Adventure. Goemon and Ebisumaru are seen playing Antarctic Adventure in the Ganbare Goemon: Jigenjou no Akumu OVA.1


5Arrow R Ganbare Pennant Race!19890228 February 28, 1989Goemon is a selectable character in Ganbare Pennant Race!.1


4Arrow L Gradius1991 1991Goemon visits the world of Gradius in the Ganbare Goemon: Jigenjou no Akumu OVA. The first level of Arcade Gradius can be played at the Amusement Park in Legend of the Mystical Ninja. Ganbare Goemon 2 features a miniature Big Core Mk.II and an holographic, samurai-themed Moai as bosses, and there are references to Gradius in the credits of Ganbare Goemon: Uchuu Kaizoku Akogingu.1


4Arrow L Castlevania1991 1991Goemon visits the world of Castlevania in the Ganbare Goemon: Jigenjou no Akumu OVA, Simon Belmont is a playable character in Ganbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no Zaihō, a vampire hunter look-alike makes a cameo appearance in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu, and Simon's grandfather appears in the Ganbare Goemon: Jigoku-hen manga. Goemon appears as an item in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.1


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Twinbee1991 1991Goemon visits the world of Twinbee in the Ganbare Goemon: Jigenjou no Akumu OVA, a Twinbee plane is found and used in Ganbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no Zaihō, and Pastel makes a cameo appearance in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu and Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijūrokubē no Karakuri Manji Gatame; Goemon and Ebisumaru make a cameo appearance in the Twinbee Paradise OVA.1


4Arrow L Lupin the Third1991 1991There's an allusion to Daisuke Jigen from Lupin the Third in the Ganbare Goemon: Jigenjou no Akumu OVA.2


4Arrow L Kid Dracula19910717 July 17, 1991There's a hidden item shaped like Kid Dracula's head in Legend of the Mystical Ninja.3


4Arrow L Snatcher19931222 December 22, 1993A person dressed like Goemon can be seen in "The Outer Heaven Show Pub" in the Sega CD and later ports of Snatcher, and the main characters discusses the Ganbare Goemon series. Gillian Seed makes a cameo in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu.1


4Arrow L Rocket Knight19931222 December 22, 1993Sparkster makes a cameo appearance in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu.1


4Arrow L God Medicine19931222 December 22, 1993Noah, Ken, and Miki all make a cameo appearance in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu.1


4Arrow L Xexex19931222 December 22, 1993The second level of Arcade Xexex appears as a playable game at the Amusement Park in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu.2


4Arrow L Tokimeki Memorial19941216 December 16, 1994Shiori Fujisaki from Tokimeki Memorial makes a cameo appearance in Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijūrokubē no Karakuri Manji Gatame.1


4Arrow L Dragon Ball19941216 December 16, 1994Goemon has a Super Saiyan styled transformation in Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijūrokubē no Karakuri Manji Gatame and Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon.3


4Arrow L Time Pilot19951222 December 22, 1995An updated version of Time Pilot, titled "Time Pilot '95", can be unlocked in Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake.1


4Arrow L Track & Field19951222 December 22, 1995A mini-game in Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake is based on Track & Field.3


4Arrow L Taisen Puzzle-Dama19951222 December 22, 1995A mini-game in Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake is based on Taisen Puzzle-Dama.3


4Arrow L Street Fighter19951222 December 22, 1995Two robots in Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake look like Ryu and Guile from Street Fighter II.3


4Arrow L Star Wars19951222 December 22, 1995The final boss in Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake throws miniature Death Stars.3


4Arrow L Doom19951222 December 22, 1995An enemy resembling the pistol from Doom and attacking from the foreground can be spotted during Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake.3


5Arrow R Jikkyō Power Pro Wrestling19960913 September 13, 1996A wrestler in Jikkyō Power Pro Wrestling '96: Max Voltage named "The G. Goemon" is inspired in Goemon.3


5Arrow R Konami GB Collection19971211 December 11, 1997Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon is included in Konami GB Collection Vol. 2.2


5Arrow R Mitsumete Knight19981126 November 26, 1998Stickers of Goemon and Ebisumaru can be seen in printstations from Mitsumete Knight R.2


4Arrow L Rakugakids19991225 December 25, 1999Beartank from Rakugakids appears as a board piece in Goemon Mononoke Sugoroku.2


5Arrow R Konami Krazy Racers20010321 March 21, 2001Konami Krazy Racers features Goemon as a selectable racer.1


5Arrow R Yu-Gi-Oh2003320 March 20, 2003In Reshef of Destruction Pegasus summons a giant mech which is Goemon Impact. Several cards in the actual TCG are based off Ganbare Goemon characters as well.1


5Arrow R Pop'n Music20041208 December 08, 2004Goemon is one of the characters in Pop'n Music 12 Iroha; there's also a remix medley of themes from the series.1


4Arrow L Quarth20050623 June 23, 2005A modified version of Quarth with Goemon Impact replacing the ship can be unlocked in Ganbare Goemon: Tōkai Dōchū Oedo Tengu ri Kaeshi no Maki.2


4Arrow L Space Manbow20050623 June 23, 2005Space Manbow can be unlocked in Ganbare Goemon: Tōkai Dōchū Oedo Tengu ri Kaeshi no Maki.2


5Arrow R Quiz Konamillion20051024 October 24, 2005Goemon appears in Quiz Konamillion.1


5Arrow R Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin20060729 July 29, 2006A character dressed as Goemon appears in episode 5 of Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin.2


5Arrow R GameCenter CX20070627 June 27, 2007Arino plays The Legend of the Mystical Ninja in Episode 49 of GameCenter CX.2


5Arrow R Otomedius20071015 October 15, 2007Otomedius characters Emon-5 and Emon-8 are inspired by the Ganbare Goemon series.3


5Arrow R Monster Retsuden Oreca Battle20101005 October 05, 2010Monster Retsuden Oreca Battle features Goemon as a playable character.1


5Arrow R Scribblenauts20110127 January 27, 2011The Japanese version of Scribblenauts features spawnable Ganbare Goemon characters.1


5Arrow R KPE Dream Master20121122 November 22, 2012Several cards of Goemon characters are featured in KPE Dream Master.2


5Arrow R Kingdom Dragonion20150303 March 03, 2015Kingdom Dragonion featured Goemon as a playable character.1


5Arrow R Bomberman20160303 March 03, 2016Taisen! Bomberman features "Goemon Bomber", based off the main character from Ganbare Goemon; Goemon Bomber returns as a DLC for Super Bomberman R (added in Ver.2.0), while Ver.2.1 added "Ebisumaru Bomber", based on the series' recurring sidekick.3


5Arrow R Mah-Jong Fighting Club20160912 September 12, 2016Mahjong Fighting Club SP features Goemon, Ebisumaru and other characters as part of a special collaboration.1