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Konami's long-running Goemon series in Japan returns to its roots with the release of Goemon's Great Adventure on Nintendo 64. Instead of a free-roaming adventure, the follow-up to 1998's Mystical Ninja features side-scrolling action with 3D town scenes. Making a comeback is two-player cooperative action. While Goemon and Ebisumaru are initially available, both Sasuke and Yae, returning characters from the previous game, become playable shortly after.
As the story goes, the Wiseman has summoned Goemon and Ebisumaru to witness a device called the "Ultra Gorgeous, Electro-Ghost Return Machine," which has the ability to bring back the dead. They test it out, but something goes wrong. The evil Sister Bismaru appears, steals the machine, and tells the group she wants to transform the world into a "lover's playground." This time-traveling nun has summoned Dochuki, a demon prince, to take over Earth. So it's up to Goemon and company to save feudal Japan once again.
Goemon's Great Adventure is divided into five separate areas, each with multiple stages. "Road" comprises most of the platform action, while "Town" is a 3D area where you collect items and play mini-games. "Gate" involves collecting a set number of passes; "Castle" involves dodging traps and fighting bosses; and "Huge Robot" has you fighting as robot Impact from a cockpit view. Goemon's Great Adventure requires the Controller Pak to save and load data. Playing with the Rumble Pak installed will cause the controller to vibrate at appropriate times during all game scenes. ~ Scott McCall, All Game Guide