• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 31, 1998
Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. An enjoyable, fun-filled game which should keep you puzzling for a long time to come.
  2. Mystical Ninja had a nation of young adults spiking and dying their hair. Or not. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  3. 76
    If you're turned off by slightly strange Japanese humor, stay away from this game. N64 owners eager to get their hands on anything that smells even remotely of an RPG will find a funny title.
  4. This game is a solid title. Like a Honda Civic, it doesn't do anything to blow your socks off but it doesn't dissapoint you either. It's a reliable source of FUN!!
  5. Games rarely have any sense of culture at all … but those looking for a relatively enjoyable adventure with lots of wit should prepare for a trip to feudal Japan. You won't soon forget it.
  6. Mystical Ninja will be digital culture shock to the uninitiated. Mystical Ninja is a solid, quirky, and entirely rehashed title that holds its own well against the horde of painful Mario clones.
  7. In conclusion, this is a pretty good game, but I doubt I'll add it to my library since it isn't that difficult and doesn't have any lasting value.
  8. The odd nature of the story and world is a change of pace (now there's an understatement) from the rest of the pack, and this one is probably worth checking out.
  9. If you've the stomach for the Japanese silliness, there just might be something here for you. This game is not a true RPG however. Expect a quirky 3d platformer that is easy to play and surprisingly long.
  10. Combine equal parts Super Mario 64, Japanese soap opera, Telly Tubbies, and LSD freakout. Shake (don't stir). And pour into your Nintendo. This will approximate the effect of Mystical Ninja, the most incomprehensible of incomprehensible anime games I have ever seen. Confusing, obtuse, ridiculous and very, very mediocre.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Feb 6, 2015
    9
    One of my top 10 N64 games of all time is right here!

    The soundtrack, the whacky Japanese humor, the beautifully solid gameplay filled with
    One of my top 10 N64 games of all time is right here!

    The soundtrack, the whacky Japanese humor, the beautifully solid gameplay filled with plentiful mini-games and hidden collectables, the ability to man your own Robot who is also a famous Hollywood star, along with his kick-butt opening theme. This game might not translate well to some, seeing as how it is extremely Japanese-y with it's references it makes but it's the odd charm to all of this that makes the game so much more memorable and entertaining. You also aren't limited to 1 character either, there are 4 in total, with two being playable from the get go, who are Goemon and Ebisumaru, both with unique attacks, abilities, and... in Ebisumaru's case "quirks",

    With all the fun I've had ever since I was about 9-10 years old with this game, I always remember the music above all else. It's soundtrack is just wonderful. I cannot recommend this game enough.
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  2. Nov 15, 2014
    7
    This is my go-to game for nostalgic pleasure. Though the platforming-heavy sections are quite average, the Zelda-like dungeons are hugelyThis is my go-to game for nostalgic pleasure. Though the platforming-heavy sections are quite average, the Zelda-like dungeons are hugely enjoyable. The impressive boss battles, quirky presentation and fantastic music also help to make this a really fun experience. Full Review »
  3. Jan 7, 2014
    9
    For a game that was launched in 1998, along with classics such as Metal Gear Solid and Ocarina of Time, Mystical Ninja stood (and still does)For a game that was launched in 1998, along with classics such as Metal Gear Solid and Ocarina of Time, Mystical Ninja stood (and still does) by its own merits. This is a very underrated game, as has been stated by other users. The soundtrack is just amazing, one of the best on the N64. Minor problems such as camera angles and bad framerate can be annoying sometimes, but they sure don't take away from the immersive experience Mystical Ninja delivers. Full Review »