Remembering…Ghosts’n Goblins


Oh the pain, the pain! There’s nothing like Ghosts’n Goblins, except maybe…well…the rest of the GnG series. Let’s get this out of the way right now, this game is hard, like OMG hard. If you have a short amount of patience or are easily frustrated don’t bother with this one. I say that because even after all these years this game is brutally hard. Here’s a glimpse of the very first stage.

Simple enough right? Right! Now go ahead and give it a try, I’m rather curious how you’d fair. My story with this game began many years ago with the same childhood friend that purchased Super Ghouls’n Ghosts for the SNES. I only got into the game a year or so after it was released, and honestly this is one I never really missed not having at home. It was insanely difficult to the point where making it to the third stage felt like a life achievement. Actually beating the game twice was more or less unheard of. No one at school had done it, so we just thought Nintendo Power was full of it when they said you actually had to beat the game twice, and that the second time around it was actually more difficult.

Outside of the insane difficulty, what I remember most about this game was that it was really fun game to play. I loved the enemy designs and the music, oh the music was just awesome. Remember that this game hit in 1986 and back then videogame production values were anything but impressive. So being able to actually hum along to the music, and trying to get to the next end-stage boss was so addicting.

Eventually my friend and I were able to make it extremely far in the game, although we never did manage to do the whole thing over again on the harder difficulty. Now that the game’s coming out on the Wii U’s Virtual Console I might just give the game another chance. The beauty of restore points! Some may call it cheating, but for a game like this it makes it so much more manageable. Why bother getting frustrated when you can, you know, actually enjoy the game! That’s the whole point, not destroying your TV.

Capcom has confirmed that Ghosts’n Goblins will be released on the Wii U Virtual Console on May 30th so if you’re looking to relive some awesome memories, or if you think you’re up to the challenge, by all means give the game a download and experience it for yourself. I can’t wait to see the Miiverse posts on this one ;)

2 thoughts on “Remembering…Ghosts’n Goblins”

  1. After completing Super G & G last night, Im quite curious to try this one out. Looks way harder which frightens me. Great article.

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