Goe-facts: How old is Goemon?

Did you know?  Goemon predates nearly every gaming cultural icon except a few.

Although, not this rendering of him...

Although, not this rendering of him…

More like this.

While Mr. Game& Watch, Mario, and Donkey Kong still have him beat by several years (their first games releasing in 1980 and 1981 respectively).  Goemon’s first outing Mr. Goemon, released to Japanese arcades in May 1986, three months before Samus Aran debuted in Metroid, a year before Megaman, Metal Gear’s Snake, or Street Fighter’s Ryu, five years before Sonic the Hedgehog, six years before Kirby, and a whopping fifteen years before Master Chief.

Stay tuned for more Goemon facts, and be sure to check out Big in Japan starring Goemon next week as we celebrate Goemonth!

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