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"Walkthrough" Guide for Ganbare Goemon: Mononoke Sugoroku

                              The Mystical Web Site of Goemon
                                         Presents
                                    The Walkthrough for
                                  Goemon Mononoke Sugoruku
                                (Nintendo 64 - Version 2.0)                      
                              Brought to you by Miles DeVinny
                                            Of 
                                The Mystical Team of Goemon




*Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Disclaimer                                                        
3. Options                  
4. Characters Saved Profile Menu
5. The Cards
6. Managing Your Monsters
7. How to Play?                                  
8. Special Thanks

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1. Introduction
This is for everybody that needs help with this very hard to understand game. It took a very
long time to figure out all the controls and options, but I seemed to advance without knowing
how to play. 
Note: There might be a few things I still didn't learn about yet (mostly options).  
So, this means there might be an update of this in the future. For now, ENJOY!

2. Disclaimer
-Do not copy this walkthrough!                        
-Do not put this on your site! If you want to, PLEASE contact me at Ebisudumplings@webtv.net                                 
-Do not sell this walkthrough!

3. Options
These are the options that come up after the title screen:

Option 1: If this is your first time playing, a board with a red book will appear. This is to
start a new game. 
1a) If you start a new game, you will be asked to choose a file to save to, then you must pick 
a character. Finally, you will have to enter a name. You can switch between two different 
kinds of Japanese characters, or English characters using the C-up or C-down buttons.

If you have a saved game, a blue book will appear. This is to continue your
saved game. 

Option 2: A board with 2 swords on it. This is to do 2-4 player  mode. There are 4 options 
here. Here they are in order from left to right:
2.1 - Choose a character from a saved game. Looks the same as the blue book to continue your
saved game.
2.2 - Choose a new character. When you choose this, and if that character  wins, he/she gets
a saved game.
2.3 - This is to choose a CPU controlled character.
2.4 - This is to start the game.        

With the first 2 options, you get to choose which controller controls the character. Then you 
enter a name (see 1a above).

Option 3: It looks like a purple Japanese bun. You get 4 different options. 
Here they are in order from left to right:
3.1 - Erase a saved game.
3.2 - Utility: Look at a profile of a saved game. It shows things like how many cards your 
character has collected, etc. This will be explained in Section 4.
3.3 - Game settings menu (from top to bottom).
a) Auto save (On---Off)
b) Sound Mode (Stereo---Mono)
c) Sentoufuda mark (On---Off): Controls the monster-battle-status icon appearance on the 
upper-left corner of the cards.
d) Exit
3.4 - A controller pak menu. Though the game saves on the cartridge, you can also interact with 
the controller pak in your controller in the following ways (Options are from left to right):
a) Load a saved game from the controller pak to the cartridge (you must have a game already 
on the pak or you cannot have access to this option).
b) Load a saved game from the cartridge to the controller pak (so you can use it on other 
cartridges).
c) Erase the game file from the controller pak (you must have a game already 
on the pak or you cannot have access to this option).

Once you get to the game, you can press start to bring up the following options 
(from top to bottom):
A) Allows you to see your cards.
B) Allows you to move a cursor to any monster and see its status.
C) Allows you to move a cursor to any character to see their name.
D) Allows you to quit the game and return to the title screen.

4. Characters Saved Profile Menu
If you have a saved game, you can look at a lot of stuff like how many cards he/she has, 
pictures of all of them, etc...  
To get there, just choose to start a saved game. At the board selection screen, the first 
option allows you to start the game (you can push left or right to choose different boards 
if you have them). The last option allows to go back to the title screen. If you choose the 
second option, it opens up a menu with 6 options . Here they are in order from left to right:
4.1 - Deck: This is the deck screen where you can make new decks of cards to use in the game 
using the cards you win from the computer controlled players. When you go here, you get 6 more 
options.  Here they are in order from left to right:
a) Change Deck: Allows you to change between the decks you have created.
b) New Deck: Once selected you can choose which deck slot you want to create a new deck in 
(max 8 deck slots in total). Once you have selected a slot you will then be then asked to name 
your deck, and then another screen will appear. At the top left hand side of the screen is a 
counter which keeps count of the total amount of cards in your deck (max amount of cards in a 
deck is 50). Below this are 5 more options which are:
I) This lets you look at every single card earned. The first number below each of the cards 
indicates how many you have selected to use in your deck. The second number after the slash 
indicates how many of that particular card you have.
II) This one lets you see only the monster cards earned.
III) This lets you look at only the weapon cards earned.
IV) This lets you look at only the status cards earned.
V) Exit
c) Review Deck: When you go here, you get to choose which profile to look at. 
There are 5 more options here. Here they are in order from left to right:
I) This lets you look at every single card earned. 
II) This one lets you see only the monster cards earned.
III) This lets you look at only the weapon cards earned.
IV) This lets you look at only the status cards earned.
V) Exit
d) Erase Deck: This lets you erase any file that has been saved.
e) Copy Deck: This lets you copy any file that has been saved.
f) Rename Deck.
4.2 - Collection: This bring up a little magnifying glass. Every card you collected will be 
displayed on the screen. Put the glass over one and press left C button to see it much closer.
4.3 - Password: This brings up an option to upload monsters from 
Ganbare Goemon: Mononoke Douchuu Tobidase Nabe-Bugyou for the Game Boy color. 
4.4 - Koukan: I have no idea as to what this does.
4.5 - Rules: Allows you to change the game rules. There are 12 rules in total which slowly 
unlock as you complete the boards.
4.6 - Save: Choose this to save your option changes.

5. The Cards
There are three types of cards in this game:
-Monster Cards (Has a ghost icon in the upper left corner: you fight with these.)
These are the only cards that you can "change" (by raising the monster's level or by using 
another type of card on it, which will affects its Hit Points (Life; shown as HP), 
Attack Power, or Magic Power). Yes, it can be changed by the other 2 card types.

-Battle Cards (Has a sword icon in the upper left corner.)
These cards are used to affect a monster's HP, Attack Power, or Magic Power. When you go to 
battle (after you have selected a monster), the game gives you a chance to use one of these. 
Some cards only increase one of the 3 categories, but some increases all 3 categories to some 
extent. In some cases, the card will take away from one category (shown by the minus sign) and
increase other categories. CAN ONLY BE USED FOR AND DURING BATTLES.

-Status Cards (Has a "!" icon in the upper left corner.) 
These cards either help your monster (usually through replenishing HP) or hurt an enemy 
monster. If it looks like food, then most likely it will heal a monster. You can tell what it 
does by selecting the card, then by watching what monsters flashes on the screen. If the flashing 
monsters are your monsters, then it does something good. If the enemies monsters are flashing, 
then it will hurt them (usually by taking off HP or slowly injuring the monster). Sometimes you
can kill a monster just by using these cards at the right time, once you figure out what 
they do. After you choose the card, move the cursor over to a flashing monster to use it.
CAN ONLY BE USED BEFORE YOU ROLL THE DICE.

How do you read the cards? Well, unless you know Japanese, then only way you can figure it out 
is by the numbers and their placement. You can "read the cards" at three different places:

-Normal (in just about every menu before you play the game, or when you are checking up on your
cards during gameplay, etc.)
This is the most common form. Contains mostly text. 
*Monster Cards 
1st Line (has a small number next to it) - Monster Level
2nd Line (has a number of 100 or more next to it) - HP (how much you have/max HP). 
3rd Line (has a number of 100 or more next to it) - Attack Power
4th Line (has a number of 100 or more next to it) - Magic Power
When you push the C-right button, you will see:
1st Number on the Upper Right - Cost to Use Card
1st Number on the Upper Right - Type of Monster (One of 5 types).
If you push the C-right button for the third time, you will see a description of the monster.
*Battle Cards
1st Line (either has a negative<-> number, a positive<+> number, or three lines, which shows 
that the card does nothing for this category) - How it affects a monster's HP. 
2nd Line (has a number of 100 or more next to it) - How it affects a monster's Attack Power.
3rd Line (has a number of 100 or more next to it) - How it affects a monster's Magic Power.
4th Line (has a number next to it on the right) - Cost to Use Card
Sometimes, it can multiply your monsters's status (shown by a "X" sign next to one of the 
above categories).
If you push the C-right button again, you will see a description of the card.
*Status Cards
The only number on this part shows how much it costs to use the card. If you push the C-right 
button again, you will see a description of the card. Sometimes, you can see a number on 
this part with a plus or minus sign and a number. If the number has a "+" sign about a 
character or so before the number, it shows how it will affect your monsters. If it has a "-" 
sign, it tells how it affects your enemy's monsters.

-Preparing for Battle
This is only for Monster Cards, when you land on an opponent's monster, and you have to pick 
a monster. In the upper-middle part of the card, it shows the monster's level (as a number). 
On the upper-right, it shows the monster's status (whether it's burnt, frozen, etc.) If your 
monster is fine, you'll see a smiley face. 
1st Line on the Left (has a small number next to it) - Cost to Use Card
2nd Line on the Left (has a number of 100 or more next to it w/ Heart Icon) - HP 
(how much you have/max HP). 
3rd Line on the Left (has a number of 100 or more next to it w/ Sword Icon) - Attack Power
4th Line on the Left (has a number of 100 or more next to it w/ Blue Flame Icon) - Magic Power
If you push the C-right button again, you will see a description of the card.

-Battle Screen
This is only for Battle Cards, after you pick your monster to fight with. In the upper-middle 
part of the card, it shows the cost to use that card.
1st Line on the Left (either has a negative<-> number, a positive<+> number, or three lines, 
which shows that the card does nothing for this category  w/ Heart Icon) - How it affects a 
monster's HP. 
2nd Line on the Left (has a number of 100 or more next to it w/ Sword Icon) - How it affects a 
monster's Attack Power.
3rd Line on the Left (has a number of 100 or more next to it w/ Blue Flame Icon) - How it 
affects a monster's Magic Power.
If you push the C-right button again, you will see a description of the card.

-There are other things that are shown on these cards, but I don't know what they are for yet.

6. Managing Your Monsters
*Placing a Monster
You have to do this so your enemy can land on your your monsters and lose his HP. But don't 
lay so many monsters that you have less than 2 monster cards on you at a time. Use the monsters 
with the highest HP to lay down. Try not to lay down more than 3 at a time, then raise their 
levels. After you raise their levels to the max, you can lay more monsters.
Also, try to lay your monsters along strategic places across the board, like along landmark 
items such as red gateway, houses, etc. These are places that your opponent will want and have 
to go, so they are more likely to land on your monsters (these are also the only place were I 
recommend you to place monsters right next to each other).

*Raising a Monster's Level
The most important thing to do! Once you lay down a monster, you NEED to upgrade it's level. 
This increase it's HP, Attack Power, and Magic Power. A level 5 monster versus a level 1 
monster is undefeatable, even with a battle card. Try to raises all of your monsters level's 
equally. The higher you raise a monster's level, the more it will cost to raise its level again.

*Moving a Monster
You want to make sure that all of you're monsters are dispersed across the board without 
being closer together, but you have to lay down monsters whenever you get a chance, even if 
you don't get to land on the spot that you want. So this option allows you to make your monster 
skip a space so you can spread them out more evenly.

*Removing a Monster
If you land on your own monster, you can do this. Only do this if the monster has a really low 
level and it is really weak. It's probably not worth using a status card on it, so remove it.

All of these things cost money, so be careful!

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7. How to Play?                                  
Now, your at the first level, but your probably wondering what your main object is, right?  
Just look up at the top of the screen. See that heart in you characters box? Next to it is  
your HP. Your main object is to be the last one standing.  

But, how do you lose HP?  There are only 2 way to lose it: 
-You land on a monster or get into a battle, but you don't have a monster card to battle it 
with (or you can't afford to use one).
-You land on a monster or get into a battle, but you lose.

All battle are one hit battles, which means they you can only hit your enemy once, and vice 
versa. If neither monster is defeated in battle, the character of the monster that lost the 
most HP is the loser and must give money to the opponent. However, if one of the monsters is 
killed, the remaining HP that your monster could not take is subtracted from the characters HP.

For example, lets say that Goemon has a monster with a HP of 200, an Attack Power of 300, 
and the monster is at a level 4. His opponent has a monster with a HP of 400, an Attack 
Power of 300, and the monster is at a level 1. (Now, it's important to understand that Attack 
Power shows how much an attack WILL take from the opponent's monster, no matter the level 
that the monsters are at; the level only allow a monster to gain more HP, Attack Power, or 
Magic Power WHEN THEY ARE UPGRADED. So if the Attack Power says 400, IT WILL TAKE OFF 400!)
Goemon's monster attacks first and takes off 300 (the opponent's monster still has 100 HP left).
The opponent's monster attacks and kills Goemon's monster because his attack takes off 300, 
which is 100 more HP that Goemon's monster has. The remaining 100 HP gets taken from 
Goemon's HP!
(I only showed the monster's levels above because I wanted to show that their level mean 
nothing during battle!)

There are two different ways to fight. When you land on a monster, or an opponent lands on 
your monster, it is a regular battle. If you get the option to start a battle by picking a 
monster of yours that is on the board, and picking an opposing monster on the board, then it 
is a challenge.
Whenever YOU land on an opponent's monster or you challenge your opponent's monster to a battle, 
you can choose whatever monster you want to battle it. At the top of the screen (for a regular 
battle), it will shows your monster's HP, Attack Power, and Magic Power next to your opponent's
HP, Attack Power, and Magic Power (if you started a challenge, you will have to compare cards 
as you move the cursor over the monsters). MAKE SURE THAT YOUR HP IS BIGGER THAN YOUR OPPONENTS 
ATTACK POWER, OR YOU WILL LOSE THE BATTLE! Also, you might want to make sure that your Attack 
Power is larger than your opponents HP, so you can kill his monster. But what if:
-You don't have any monsters that are strong enough to survive? (if you land on a monster, you 
have to fight it, or your character will lose the full amount of the opponent monster's Attack 
Power. Same thing goes for if you don't have a monster.)
-Your opponent lands on / challenges a weak monster that you have?
Well, that's when you use a Battle Card.

When you get to the battle screen, the game will allow you to pick a battle card to improve 
your monster's chances (if you don't want to or you don't need to pick one, you can hit the 
R button or scroll right to select a card with two Japanese characters on it.) If your monster 
is not strong enough, make sure you pick a battle card which:
-You can afford it.
-Will raise your monster's HP above your opponent monster's Attack Power.
-Raise your monster's Attack Power above your opponent monster's HP.
When you select a card, two swords will appear next to it. Then you can hit the R button or 
scroll right to select a card with two Japanese characters on it (this starts the battle on 
your part.) The battle cards will improve your monster's status right before the fighting 
starts.

But it costs money to use any card, and it also costs money to:
-Raise a monsters level.
-Move a monster to another space.
-Remove a monster.
-Place a monster on a spot.
Usually, the stronger the card, the more expensive it will be to use it.

So how do you earn more money? Notice those little houses set around each board? 
These things are the road to more money! You have to land on each house one time. 
Then go back to the house you were on when you first began. Now how do you know how many 
houses are on each board? Look at the very top of your characters status box. See those little 
boxes above your money amount?  However many there are, that's how many houses are on each 
board (in the first two boards, there is only once house, but they increase as you go on). 
It is very important to land all these houses! If you hit all the houses, and make it back to 
the start point, you get 1500 ryo! You should be warned that your money could go down below 
zero. Which means it will have a minus sign next to it. This part is a real pain! 

Now that you went under zero, you have to give up your cards, one at a time. The point? So you
could get money off of them. To do this is very simple. You get this box with 4 options in it 
(from top to bottom):
-Allows you to see your cards.
-Allows you to move a cursor to any monster and see its status.
-Lose health for having negative money.
-Trade in a card to pay off what you lost (you get 1000 ryo).
Be certain you choose the bottom one!! The top one is to choose to forget about it and lose
some health instead. If you do choose the bottom option, you will get 1000 ryo. You could also
lose health if you didn't have enough cards to pay off what you lost.

Now you should learn everything you're supposed to do when you start. 

First, a card to add to all your other ones comes floating down. Now all your cards appear, but
this is so you can choose a status card to use (if you don't want to or you don't need to pick 
one, you can hit the R button or scroll right to select a card with two Japanese characters on 
it). After you use your card, or choose to not, you roll the dice. I suggest that if you can 
take more than one path, you press the C-down button so you could get an overview of where you 
are going to land. The possible spaces should be flashing. Now there are tons of things that 
could happen. You could land on a monster or land on other spaces. Here are all the spaces you 
can land on:
*House with dumplings on it: Here you can buy various items.
*Little eye-island: If you land on this, all your monsters that have been hurt will
restore some health.
*Red archway: If one of your opponents put a spell on you, this restores you to normal.
*Little cave: This only makes an appearance in 2 stages. When you land on it, you jump to
another part of the board.
*Boat in river: I have no idea as to what this does.
*Little fortress (Houses: I already explained this. There are a certain amount of them on each
board. Land on them one time each and go back to the beginning to earn money.
*An opponent's monster: Starts a battle.

Now, if you land on a normal space, you get 5 options. They are:
1. Set out a monster.
2. Choose to make one of your monsters jump over a space.
3. Raise the level of a monster.
4. This only appears when you land on one of your monsters. Choose it to destroy your monster.
5. Do nothing.

After these, you get 2 options:
1. Choose to battle.
2. Do nothing.

*Note that you do not get all of these options all the time!

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8. Special Thanks 
Thanks to The Mystic Ninja for letting me put this up on the site.
Thanks to Jason Muir for his additions to the options section.
Thanks to Konami for making a whole series of Goemon games.
And thanks to The Mystic Ninja again for letting me help out on this game. 

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THIS HAS BEEN A PRESENTATION OF THE MYSTICAL WEB SITE OF GOEMON
AUTHORED BY MILES DeVINNY ( Ebisudumplings@webtv.net )
EDITING AND ADDITION BY THE MYSTIC NINJA ( the_mystic_ninja@goemon.8m.com )

IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS WALKTHROUGH, PLEASE E-MAIL THE 
MAIN AUTHOR or THE MYSTIC NINJA.


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