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Ganbare Goemon: Sarawareta Ebisumaru

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Title Screen

Ganbare Goemon: Sarawareta Ebisumaru

Also known as: Konami GB Collection Vol.3: Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (EU)
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Released in JP: December 25, 1991
Released in EU: May 2000

DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

Ebisumaru has been kidnapped! Travel from town to town and beat up anyone who looks like they're responsible!

Nine years after its initial release, it was given Super Game Boy support in the Japan-only Konami GB Collection Vol. 2 compilation. Additionally, it was given an English localization and released in Europe as Konami GB Collection Vol. 3 for the Game Boy Color, bearing the Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon title used for the series around that time.

Sound Test

Japan Europe
Ganbare Goemon Sarawareta Ebisumaru-soundtest.png Konami GB Collection Vol.3 GBC-EU - Goemon Sound Mode.png

In the Game Over screen, during the "Continue" prompt, enter the Konami code (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A). You can then access the hidden Sound Mode.

Use the Left and Right buttons to navigate the Sound Mode. To select the tune, press A. To stop the music, either press B or go to "00". The sound test itself only uses numbers for the tracks, and does not have any song titles. To exit the Sound Mode, press Select.

Debug Menu

Ganbare Goemon Sarawareta Ebisumaru-debug.png

A simple, unfinished Debug Menu exists in the game's code. Use the Game Genie code 2FC-86F-7FE to access it. Note that this code will skip over initializing many variables, so you'll need to set them manually once inside the menu. All numbers in the menu are in hexadecimal, but since there is no full hex character set, you won't be able to see all of the numbers properly.

There are four options on the menu, with the third being invisible. The first two options correspond to the stage and stage location indices, respectively. The third option changes the value of the music index, but there is no code to actually play any audio. The fourth option is for some in-game flags, but it doesn't seem to actually work.

Change the values with the D-Pad, then press Start to start the game with the selected options.

Version Differences

Super Game Boy Support

The game was included as part of Konami GB Collection Vol.2 released for the Game Boy in Japan. The collection added a Super Game Boy support for all of the games.

Konami GB Collection Vol.2 (Japan) goemon.png

Regional Differences

Title Screen

The European version was only available as part of Konami GB Collection Vol.3, released for the Game Boy Color.

Japan (Original) Japan (Collection) Europe
Ganbare Goemon Sarawareta Ebisumaru-title.png Konami GB Collection Vol.2 (Japan) goemon title.png Konami GB Collection Vol.3 (Europe) goemon title.png

Map Screen/Stage Name

The European version adds the name of the current region on the bottom of the map screen that displays before the start of every stage.

Japan Europe
Ganbare Goemon Sarawareta Ebisumaru - Map Stage 1 Suruga.png Konami GB Collection Vol.3 (Europe) Goemon - Map Stage 1 Suruga.png

However, the region name that displays tategaki-style in the top left corner at the start of each stage is removed from the European version

Japan Europe
Ganbare Goemon Sarawareta Ebisumaru - Stage 1 BEGIN.png Konami GB Collection Vol.3 GBC-EU - Stage 1 BEGIN.png

Game Over

Japan Europe
Ganbare Goemon Sarawareta Ebisumaru GB-JP - Game Over.png KonamiGBColVol3 GBC-EU Goemon - Game Over.png

Other Differences

  • The Japanese kanji for ryo 「両」, a gold currency unit used in pre-Meiji Japan, has been replaced with the letter G instead to stand for gold in the European version.