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|Ganso Saiyuuki: Super Monkey Daibouken|
|Japanese title||元祖西遊記 スーパーモンキー大冒険|
|Twitch||Super Monkey Daibouken Channel|
|YouTube Gaming||Super Monkey Daibouken Channel|
Ganso Saiyuuki: Super Monkey Daibouken, which roughly translates to Original Journey to the West: Super Monkey's Great Adventure, is a game developed by Vap for the Famicom in 1986. It is a retelling of the famous Chinese legend upon which many popular Japanese culture licenses, such as the Dragon Ball series, have been based.
It recounts the tale of the Buddhist monk Xuánzàng's pilgrimage to India during the Táng dynasty in order to obtain Buddhist religious texts called sutras. The Bodhisattva Guānyīn, on instruction from the Buddha, gives this task to the monk and his three protectors in the form of disciples — namely Sūn Wùkōng (a monkey), Zhū Bājiè (a pig) and Shā Wùjìng (a kappa, or water demon) — together with a dragon prince who acts as Xuánzàng's horse mount. These four characters have agreed to help Xuánzàng as an atonement for past sins.
In the game, players must direct Xuánzàng and Sūn Wùkōng across an overworld map, discovering hidden locations, and entering into side scrolling action scenes where Sūn Wùkōng must fight his way out to advance to the next portion of the game. The game has never been translated into English.