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  • Summary: A giant UFO has appeared over Oedo Castle, and the Mystical Ninja is off to save the world again! Control Goemon and his giant robot, Impact, Ebisimaru, a truly twisted ninja, Yae, the part-time militant mermaid, and Sasuke, a mechanical warrior. This brave band must travel from town to town, collecting information and purchasing helpful items in their quest to defeat the dreaded Peach Mountain Shoguns. Expand
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  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. LemonDrank
    Dec 2, 2009
    One of the most original quirky and whimsical games I've ever played. The dialogue alone is enough to play this game the entire way through. Only negative is the camera is cobis satisfactory as certain points Expand
  2. AndrewK.
    Aug 21, 2006
    Great game, incredible scenario, music and characters.
  3. EricT.
    Jul 7, 2008
    This is the best game on the 64, it is like a Japaneses Zelda with great music and you really get into it. The people who don't like it must be on drugs. Expand
  4. JasonS.
    Sep 9, 2003
    It was pretty good...not too great but it has very good moments i still wanna try the 2nd one.
  5. GarethD
    Nov 18, 2009
    Absorutely amazing; incredibly Japanese, and great fun for those of us who can stomach some of the stuff that didn't translate well over to the states. Expand
  6. Nov 15, 2014
    This 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. Expand
  7. Arnout
    Aug 21, 2006
    Not a bad game I guess, but I found it rather boring. The level design is empty...wel in the beginning of the game for sure, the ugly music, graphics - there wasn't anything I liked in the beginning of the game while I didn't get used and wasn't intrigued by the world I visited And finally I didn't have the patience to talk to the folks in town. so I got stuck very soon, not knowing what to do next, but I didn't care: a reason enough to stop playing. Collapse

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