Released July 30, 1986- Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū
Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū hit the Japanese market on this day in 1986. For the Nintendo Famicom.
In this one, Goemon has to visit parts of Feudal Japan. Fending off as many bandits and crooks as he can to keep the country safe!
Gameplay is your standard side scrolling beat-em-up type with maze like elements. Players must defeat all the enemies in the stage and then find the exit to complete a level. The game was quite challenging and lots of fun. The standard weapon is a smoking pipe. Goemon will knock at enemies to take them out. Upgrades can be dropped by enemies or purchased in stores with money collected during gameplay.
This one also features a two player mode. However, unlike its future iterations, this one is more like a Super Mario two player. Players will alternate controllers while playing. making for an equally fun and interesting experience.
Although this one is the first in the series, later games borrowed heavily from it. Including my personal favorite, Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki also known as The Legend of the Mystical Ninja on the Super Nintendo.
Sadly, this one never made it to the North American market. However, translated ROMs are available if you know where to look.
If you’re interested, please check out the awesome Japanese commercial for the game right here!