Ganbare Goemon 2 is the sequel to Konami's take on the classic Japanese folk hero. Like the original, it's a brawler/RPG hybrid that requires combat as well as exploration to succeed. However, this game introduces Goemon's partner Ebisumaru, which allows for two-player simultaneous gameplay. It has that classic Konami style with catchy music, goofy characters, and plenty of humor.
This game features a boss from Gradius, Konami's beloved space shooter series.
Like Goemon, Ebisumaru is also based off of a Japanese folk hero who's a good-hearted thief.
Goemon 2 is a step up from the original, largely because it adds co-op gameplay. It's still annoyingly simplistic and focuses strongly on exploration rather than fighting, but it has some cool bosses. Its graphics and sound are both a step up from the original. Its challenge and length are both moderate.