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A gigantic robot who is an invaluable ally to Goemon and his friends. Already a successful dancer, Impact has now set his heart on becoming a movie star.
~ Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon instruction booklet

Goemon Impact (ゴエモンインパクト Goemon Inpakuto?), often shortened to simply Impact, is a giant clockwork mecha created by the Wise Old Man. He is summoned throughout the series to fight with other giant robots on the side of Goemon and company. He has a theme song which was introduced in Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon: "I am Impact!".

Description and background[]

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Advertisement for Karakuri Dōchū, which served as inspiration for Impact's design.

Goemon Impact is an extremely powerful giant robot that Goemon pilots to combat giant enemies, much in the style of Japanese tokusatsu shows. He appears in various video games from the Ganbare Goemon series, in special sections where he advances destroying everything in his path while tiny enemies try in vain to stop him. These sections usually end in a majestic duel against an equally giant enemy robot that is seen from inside Impact's cockpit.

While when Goemon boards Impact to pilot him, he can be considered to be mecha (i.e., a giant robot piloted by a human), Impact is also a completely individual and sentient giant robot. Besides his adventures with the Goemon Team, he has his own life, history, and personal affairs and goals.

Goemon Impact's ridiculous design is based on an old Konami advertisement for the game Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū, where an actor appears in a Goemon costume wearing a huge mask and roller skates. The mask served as inspiration for Impact's head and the skates were retained on Impact's final design, with which he can be generally seen during the dashing sections. He also wears the same uniform that was seen in Goemon's older designs.

Although the advertisement flyer dates back from 1986, Goemon Impact made his first appearance 7 years later, in 1993, in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu.


Goemon Impact was introduced in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu. He was a creation of the Wise Old Man, and Goemon was warned only to use him in emergencies. The Wise Old Man also created the Triton Shell, which is blown to summon Impact. Because Shogun McGuiness stole this object, he was able to temporarily get Impact to fight for him.

In Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū, Impact is seen speaking and moving on his own for the first time, and the Wise Old Man seemed surprised by this. Impact claims to hail from Planet Impact, where all the inhabitants resemble him. This contradicts the previous games and is not mentioned in later installments.

Many Ganbare Goemon games involve the main villain controlling Impact at a certain point.


Goemon Impact is modeled after Goemon himself, wearing the same clothes, having similar facial features, and even using a giant kiseru as a weapon. However, there are some differences; instead of Goemon's spiky hair, Impact is crowned with what appears to be a big blue afro (which hides his generator, according to the music video of "I am Impact!" in Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon. Impact's mouth is also constantly gaping, as it appears to be the entrance to his cockpit, as well as his means of firing his ultimate attack, the Impact Beam. Impact has rounded, metal fists so that he may deliver devastating punches, and he has wheels on the soles of his sandals that take on the appearance of rollerblades for more efficient movement.

Combat style[]

Impact's basic attacks include the ability to fire flaming coins from his nostrils, grapple enemies with his version of the Chain Pipe, punch and kick.

His more intricate moves consist of different combinations of kicks and punches, as well as his ultimate attack, the Impact Beam which is mainly used as a finishing move.


Main article: Goemon Compact

A robot of similar origin called Goemon Compact appears in the non-canonical game Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius. It has the head of Impact coming out of a clam-shell makeup compact. After the head takes enough damage, the Impact face will retreat into the compact and come out wearing heavy makeup. In the PlayStation and Sega Saturn re-release, Parodius: Forever With Me, the makeover face is replaced with Ebisumaru.

Goemon Compact also appears in Mini Kyodai Robo Goemon Compact, where he sides with Goemon Impact and both go through many adventures all over Japan.


Cameos in other games[]



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  1. Only in Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Dōchū, where Goemon Impact claims to hail from Planet Impact, where supposedly all the inhabitants resemble him. This contradicts the previous games, where it is stated that he was created [on Earth] by the Wise Old Man, and is not mentioned in later installments.
  2. Goemon Impact's theme in Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, which plays every time the player transitions to an Impact running stage.