Review Topic: Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shougun Magginesu
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From: warpio | Posted: 7/27/2016 11:55:23 AM | Overall Rating: 10/10Updated: 7/27/2016 11:56:02 AM
|Despite the fact that this game never got translated, you owe it to yourself to play this if you're a Goemon fan. This game is a clear improvement over the first SNES Goemon game, Legend of the Mystical Ninja. Gameplay wise, here are the main things that are different:|
Story (taken from gamefaqs guide):
After their last adventure, Goemon and Ebisumaru decide to go relax on vacation at a top holiday spot, Ryukyu Resort. Unfortunately the holiday is about to come to an abrupt end, as a mysterious figure watches them at a distance. The unknown person confronts Goemon and Ebisumaru. Goemon and Ebisumaru come to a screeching halt and look to see who this guy is... it's Sasuke the ninja! Sasuke says that he has grave news from Wise Old Man. It seems the peace of Japan is about to be disturbed by the threat of invasion. He then explains that the evil western warlord Maggenesu has sailed to Japan with his hordes of Bunny-men to invade, conquer and worst of all, westerinize Japan!
This game is arranged into a levels on a world map like SMW. The levels are just basic Mario-sized platformer levels, but they're really well designed, and there's so much variety in the level design and enemy design, almost every level feels like an entirely different experience. There's a food-based level where you jump across hot bowls of soup and giant shrimp and stuff like that. There's also a downhill level where you're being chased by a snowball...
Also this is the first game to introduce Impact battles, where you go inside the cockpit of a giant robot version of Goemon (named Impact) and battle various other giant robots from the cockpit view. The mechanics for the Impact battles work pretty much the same way in every game in the series after this, only with slight variations. You can slow punch, quick punch, guard, and shoot ryo at the enemy to damage it, and also to destroy its projectiles. You can execute certain combo moves like a super punch, kick, or laser, they are kind of tricky to pull off though. Combo attacks can interrupt the enemies attacks if you time it right, but if you don't land an attack it leaves you vulnerable and almost certain to get hit.
There are some towns where you can rest, buy equipment, and save your game. The villagers walking around in town are now friendly. They don't hurt you... unless you attack them, in which case everyone gets mad and attacks you. The towns don't really serve much purpose, except for this one town that has a bunch of minigames you can play, including a Gradius level, and a Mario Kart knockoff, and some other arcade minigames. The reward for beating all of the minigames in this town is <spoiler /><spoiler>
An extra stage: Hell! This is hardest level in the game, it takes a lot of memorization to beat it without dying. And at the end is a classic Castlevania-style Dracula fight. </spoiler>
This is such a great game. The lack of an english translation doesn't hinder it much at all, as the gameplay doesn't require you don't need to read the text for the most part.