one of my Favorite Snes Games
Legend of the Mystical Ninja is a sidescrolling beat-em-up for the SNES and is, in my humble opinions, one of the most criminally overlooked games EVER. My experience with the SNES, while by no means complete, is certainly expansive and I consider this to be my favourite SNES game not made by Nintendo. Konami really created a gem here and it is a sin for any SNES owner to pass this game by.
The game stars a pair of “ninja” named Kid Ying and Dr. Yang (Goemon and Ebisumaru for the traditionalists out there) who are about as far removed from your standard definition of the word “ninja” as you can get. But let's not get hung up on details, shall we? You start the game in peaceful Edo village and are tasked with tracking down the local ghost woman and teaching her some manners. The story spirals on from here and is actually pretty good for a beat-em-up, but I won't go into too much detail on that to avoid spoiling the game for you. Suffice to say, this seemingly simple task starts you on a quest that takes you all over medieval Japan.
From the title screen to the end credits, this game is overwhelmingly Japanese. I don't mean that in a bad way, but everything from the sounds to the dialogue to the art style is done in a very stylistic, Japanese fashion, as befits a game set in Japan, I suppose... This game was the first in the series that Konami tried to port to western shores. It didn't really sell all that well in North America, but still managed to get a loyal cult following. In Japan, on the other hand, the series a huge success and has a large number of games to its name. I'm rather disappointed by this turn of events, as I really would have liked to have seen some more Goemon games translated and brought to Western shores, but c'est la vie...
Reviewed by: norman hamaty from Canada on 4/12/2013