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The 1998 GameBoy incarnation of Mystical ninja posts to the eShop’s Virtual Console this week along with a solid looking new title with Fractured Souls.

How long has it been since there’s been a new Mystical Ninja game anyway? Aside from a few mobile titles and a DS game that got lost somewhere, the last western audiences saw of Goemon was 1998 on the N64. Now there’s a blast from the past.

I last remember the character from the SNES games- never played the GameBoy title. Now I’m thinking I just might have to. Nostalgia is a powerful thing kids.

Having nothing even remotely to do with anything nostalgic (save the genre), Fractured Soul also posted this week. This platformer seeks to do something that DS games rarely are able to- use the 3DS’ touchscreen and main screen as one big monitor. 

The graphics look really nice on this one and it kinda reminds me of Shadow Complex, which can’t be a bad thing. It is a little pricey at twelve bucks American, but if it’s as good as it looks there honestly shouldn’t be too much complaining about that.



  • Fractured Soul – $11.99 — Fractured Soul is a classic side-scrolling platform game with a twist: It is played across both screens at once. Created by platform gamers for platform gamers, it literally adds a new dimension to this much-loved genre.
  • Heavy Fire 3D – $4.99 — Gear up and join an elite Special Forces unit in Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D, an arcade-style on-rail shooter for Nintendo 3DS™.

Virtual Console

  • Mystical Ninja starring Goemon – $2.99 — In this classic game from 1998, join Goemon and his friends Ebisumaru and Sasuke as they battle to save ancient Japan from the clutches of an evil gang and rescue their fellow ninja, Yae.


  • Dinosaur Office – Watch this week’s episode of Dinosaur Office on Nintendo Video to enter for a chance to win a special episode of Dinosaur Office: The Remix! 



  • Bookstore Dream – $1.99/200 points — 
    Ever had a dream of owning you own bookstore? Now you can! Bookstore Dream is a simulation game that allows you to manage your lovely bookstore. Get connected with publishers and put the best books on your shelf! Be sure to keep stocks at a good level when demands go up! If you do everything right you will become a well know brand in the community!

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  • My only experience with the Mystical Ninja series was the first Goemon game on the Nintendo 64. I rented it from Blockbuster. Ah, memories. 🙂

  • This game has been on the 3DS virtual console in Australia for a couple of weeks and…. Don't soil the memories of the N64 game by buying this, is all I can say 😛

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