(Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ghosts 'n Goblins (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

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Defeat the forces of evil and save your girlfriend in this haunting adventure.

Take on the role of the knight Sir Arthur, and delve into the realm of demons and monsters to rescue your girlfriend. Choose your weapons wisely and take advantage of their strengths to deal with the situation at hand. Defeat the main boss at the end of each level and pass through the gates that stand between you and Astaroth. Teach him a lesson in chivalry he’ll never forget. The stage for adventure is set. Are you brave enough for the challenge?

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Wii U eShop Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

Lots of pain for little gain

From Software’s Demon's Souls and Dark Souls titles have been hailed as two of the most engaging games of this current hardware generation, praised by critics and gamers alike for their intense difficulty and complete lack of hand-holding. Set against...

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3DS eShop Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Philip J Reed

A Halloween greeting from Satan himself

Capcom couldn't have picked a better time to release Ghosts 'n Goblins onto the 3DS Virtual Console. It's Halloween, after all, and this is one of the most classic spooky games there is. The real question is how well it holds up today, and that's one...

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Virtual Console Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Arthur's first ghostly quest

You thought Ghouls 'n Ghosts and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts were hard? The NES original, Ghosts 'n Goblins set the bar. The main focus of the game is pretty much the same as in the sequels. Princess Prin-Prin has been kidnapped by demons and Arthur, the...

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User Comments (38)

KeeperBvK

#1

KeeperBvK said:

Way too hard and way inferior in comparison to its two sequels, but a nice game nonetheless if you can stand lots of frustration.

__Dahak

#2

Dahak said:

My first non-pack in NES game (after SMB, Duck Hunt and Gyromite). I'm looking forward to this.

__Mip

#4

Mip said:

I WANT THIS TO EUROPE SOOOOO BAD. Please Big N release this in europe soon. One of the hardest game ever!

deggs

#5

deggs said:

Now all we need is Gargoyle's Quest 2 (the game I always wanted but never truly got a chance to beat) and Demon's Crest (which is one of my fav games of all time that I still play regularly)...

the gargoyle's quest spin off series really was amazing. now that were done with the g n' g series, maybe capcom will start releasing the two non handheld GQ games.

SKTTR

#6

SKTTR said:

yeah this is the version i remember.
it looks much like the C64 version i used to love.
great action platformer. definite classic. but aged quite a bit.

__Garland Russell

#7

Garland Russell said:

Ugh. This is a crappy version. It's much harder than the Arcade version, & it's too frustrating. The only good thing about it was the music. Ignore this & go for the Arcade version on Capcom Classics Collection, Vol. 1 for X-Box or PS2, or Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded on PSP.

__Mip

#9

Mip said:

Now I only have to wait for it to come Europe. This game is so hard that I could just start punching the wall in anger and frustration just thinking about playing it again. Oh my god, please release this in Europe next Friday.

StarSoldier1

#10

StarSoldier1 said:

Still a good game but yeah it's definitely for experts only. It's not as bad as YouTube user Irate Gamer says it is.

DrakeStaff

#12

Drake said:

Me and a few others here agree that this game's aged very poorly compared to it's sequels. If this was a standalone game and not part of a popular series it most likely would've even gotten a 2 out of 5 from me.

JNoodles

#13

JNoodles said:

*yawn* This is very, very hard. It's worse than the likes of Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts! I'd say wait for Demon's Crest to play as that annoying Red Arremer. It'll be worth the wait! Why did I add this? Because Drake reminded me of it in that update of his today about the US VC Releases! (I'm getting Pokemon Snap soon...)

__David

#14

David said:

Just beat SGnG but I'm passing on this and gonna get the originaly GhoulsnG. But...so in Demon's Crest you can actually play as the Red Arremers? That'd be pretty sweet.

Jack

#15

Jack said:

Maybe it's just nostalgia but I had to download this. When I think of the NES I think of Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt and Ghost 'n Goblins. It's a classic.

Jogurt_the_Yogurt

#16

Jogurt_the_Yogurt said:

This game is hard, but not in a "fun" hard way. It just gets annoying to play after a while. Other than the difficulty, the gameplay can actually be fun at spots, which is the only reason it gets more than one star from me.

__nephew77

#17

nephew77 said:

The music and excellent difficulty curve won me over a few decades ago , and they do again today. Great work, Capcom!

Mendez

#18

Mendez said:

I recently played this on Capcom Classics Collection and I think it's brilliant.
I'd give it 5 stars but this is the NES version and I'm assuming it won't be as good. Release it soon Nintendo!

learn_japanese_ds

#19

learn_japanese_ds said:

If you love a challenge you'll love this...for a few days. Then you'll realize that it is nigh impossible to beat.

gottheanswer

#20

gottheanswer said:

this game is way too hard (and i like hard games).. but it was hard in an "this **** isn't fair" sort of way! it took the fun out of this game.. to me anyway.

stinssd

#22

stinssd said:

I liked this game--I really did. It took me forever to finally defeat it. And, yes, you have to go through the game twice to really beat the game! As for difficult games, I would still rather play this any day over the NES Battletoads.

Fuun_Saiki

#23

Fuun_Saiki said:

I'd really like to have a stab at this, which I'm sure I'll regret, but I hope it's released in Europe soon. That said, I should stop complaining, as I've still got to go and finish both Super and standard Ghouls 'n' Ghosts. I'll manage it eventually...

Ricardo91

#24

Ricardo91 said:

I haven't played this or any other G&G games, since I don't care about the series much. I did like it's gameboy spinoff Gargoyle's Quest though, and I hope GQII hits the shop eventually. I never even heard of demon's crest until you guys mentioned it, but I hope that gets (re)released eventually too.

The video makes the game seem easier than everyone says it is. :/

Adamant

#25

Adamant said:

3 stars? Aw, come on. It's not THAT hard, guys, and looking at the skill level you show in the video, you're more than capable of beating the game with relative ease. Checkpoints are relatively common, you have infinite continues, enemies don't take many hits to kill, and stages are short. It's nowhere near as hard as people claim it is - hell, level 2 is probably the hardest in the game.

Oh, and the final level is pretty easy, too, and while it's true there are a ton of arremers in it, all but one are positioned so you don't have to fight them unless you choose to. If you can get to the level, it's no huge challenge to beat it.

Oh, and as for the "you must beat the game twice" thing - tons of NES games did that. GnG is just a bit more vocal than most in telling you there's a second, harder quest if you try the game again from the beginning. Other than some sped-up enemies, quest 2 is completely identical to the first, and the "good ending" you get from beating it isn't exactly impressive.

Metroid made you beat the game at least 3 times for the best ending, and most players probably had to beat it more times than that.

mixahman

#26

mixahman said:

How old are u people? I played this back in the day when it 1st came out & I was around 6 or 7 yrs old. I beat it then I can still beat it now. This is a classic game that is drastically under-rated & only true gamers from the past consider this game top 10!

Fuun_Saiki

#27

Fuun_Saiki said:

Blimey, I've been waiting ages for this game. Is it ever going to come out in Europe?

I've completed both SGnG and GnG and I'm hungry for more. I guess I should be pleased that you guys are saying that its not actually that difficult, but I was sort of looking forward to a bigger challenge than the other two, hell, I think I'm ready for it.

Nightsky071

#29

Nightsky071 said:

This game may be a Bish, but it is very beatable. The best Weapon to grab is the short swords as they're faster and shoot out three at a time. But to say this game is harder than Ghouls N Ghost, Your crazy. That game is rediculous along with Super Ghouls N Ghost, That goddess Bracelet sucks.

Marvel_Maniac

#30

Marvel_Maniac said:

I love and hate Super Ghouls and Ghost. It straddles that line between challenging and infuriating. You don't want to sacrifice fun factor for challenge. After buying that game and playing through it once, I don't think I shall try another of this series ever again. I need to keep my hair.

WiiMan192

#31

WiiMan192 said:

Come on, PAL release! :P

I've already downloaded SGnG, but this would be a nice addition too :)

CorbsAdmin

#32

Corbs said:

One of the best ever. And hard as nails. Just the way I like it. :)

The_Fox

#33

The_Fox said:

Difficulty is a good thing to have in a video game. However, this really counts more as frustrating.

Betagam7

#34

Betagam7 said:

Arthur looks so small in this game I can't imagine how squashed he'll be in the PAL version

Ricardo91

#35

Ricardo91 said:

Retyping what I deleted:
@Adamant. Oh yeah, I saw the ending at Engrish.com.
"This story is happy end! Congraturation!"

Not exactly something you'd wanna break your back for no.

Cally

#36

Cally said:

I actually beat this game on Capcom Classics Collection for the Xbox. I discovered that for Xbox, and all the old consoles this series released for (NES, Genesis, etc.), these games represent the PERFECT way to fry your systems from all the attempts you'll be making at beating (especially) the last stages from leaving it on so long. I took five hours to beat this piece of junk. :( My grievances about this and the sequel are better expressed on my Ghouls 'n Ghosts comment.

2/5--a little better since it's more possible to actually see the end than with the sequel.

feng

#37

feng said:

All time classic arcade game, I haven't played the NES version but have the arcade ports on Capcom generations PS1 and Capcom classics on xbox(not backward compatable with 360 which bugs me)

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