It's been 15 years since we last saw a mainline entry, but Ghosts ’n Goblins is making a big comeback in 2021. With just two weeks until Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection launches on Switch, no one could be more thrilled than Tokuro Fujiwara, director of the original game.
Having returned to his position for Resurrection, he recently sat down for an interview with Polygon in preparation for the imminent release. Saying he's "incredibly happy" to deliver this new game, Fujiwara offered his thoughts regarding difficulty levels, Ghosts ’n Goblins' history and changes in the industry.
With Resurrection's new art style facing some criticism, Fujiwara outlined his ideas behind this revised approach, confirming:
Seeing many different reactions and opinions on the art style after the announcement made me realize how much love and fond memories players have for the series, and knowing this brings me a lot of joy. I believe the original Ghosts ’n Goblins had a great, enjoyable art style. For Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection, we really wanted to utilize concepts like an “animated scroll” or a “picture book” motif that we felt would be at home with the series’ “horror theme park” inspiration. I think as people play it, they will agree it meshes well with the series.
Fujiwara also explained the truth behind Arthur's underwear, which becomes visible after his Knight Armor is destroyed. As it turns out, there's a more personal reason behind this wardrobe choice.
There’s one very important detail I need to share with you that people might not know: the pattern on his underwear is actually strawberries. Arthur has this air of ruggedness when he has his armor on, but on the inside, he gets a little fancy and wears his favorite boxers. However, his underwear isn’t simply just something that he likes to wear. It was actually a gift from the princess and acts as a “charm” to protect Arthur in battle. It’s probably safe to say the strawberry design was something the princess was fond of.
We recommend checking out the full interview if you're looking forward to Resurrection's release. There's also Capcom's recent developer diaries, which recently detailed Resurrection's origins and art style.
Available on February 25th, you can pre-order it now for £24.99 / $29.99 / €29,99.
Will you be buying Resurrection at launch? Does this answer your burning questions about Arthur? Share your thoughts down below.
"The clothes make the man" and in this case, we can only see what strawberry underwear will do to a determined knight like Arthur.
Who will now wear strawberry underwear to prove their manliness?
"you stole my armour!"
I don't think any amount of romantic fanfiction can outsweet a canon where a princess gifts her knight a pair of strawberry-patterned underwear as a lucky charm.
No sarcasm implied either - especially with the number of chronicles Arthur has survived testifying that this underwear clearly gets its job done.
Really sounds like he had a great time working on this.
I accept a fair amount of tweening, as long as there are enough keyframes and breakdowns, and the tangents a set to a crisp snap and the right places! ... but they rarely are.
To be fair, I would prefer to see his strawberries on the outside of his pants than his berries on the inside (otherwise pegi 18 for this game and I might have to pass on this one as well!) PS TMNT IN TIME RESURRECTION NEXT PLEASE???!!
I don't like the new art style at all. Wished they did a modern pixel art Ghosts 'n Goblins either ...
@karatekid1612 I have fantasized about the SoR IV guys doing remakes of both TMNT arcade games.
Arthur is such a cool character and I love this series. I know we’ve got plenty of cap on in smash already but he would be an excellent addition.
I kinda like the art style, but at the same time I don't think it's quite the perfect choice for realizing the original art now in HD in 2020, at least in my opinion. I think a more cartoon/illustration or Disney feature-animation look and style would have worked better, maybe akin to what some of the best scenes from stuff like Snow White, Hercules, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, etc would have looked like, and in particular with more proper animation going on too (rather than looking a bit like cut-out pieces being rotated), and would have really captured the original art's look and feel in modern times. Think of that Mickey Mania game on Genesis but in HD and with proper hand-done cartoony/illustrated artwork, or something like that....
I have to make myself see this art style as one of those Monty Python animations to get into it, but man does tweening make everything look artificial and cheap...
Wait wait wait, do people not like the art style? I love the weird monty python style animation, thought it looked brill when I saw the trailer and hadn’t been paying attention since. What do people dislike about it?
@claybirds I loved Ultimate GnG, it wasn't perfect but I had a lot of fun playing it.
I like the idea behind the art style, but it just doesn’t look hand drawn to me. Maybe it’s the compression of the video but it just looks plain. I think I’ll still get it though.
Really looking forward to this, still no news on the release date for Arcade Stadium ?
@konami1987 Now that is something I will definitely be buying. Looking forward to hearing more about this nearer the date too, I quite like the picture book style they're going for.
Definitely WiltonRoots !
That was more than I needed to know about his underwear. 😄
It's about time... can't wait!!
@Severian I usually don't wear any underwear unless I leave the house, which has been a handful of times in the last year haha.
@Buckychop_Fandom Finally somebody else who shares my gaming fantasy. Bring it on as I'm sure it would sell bucket loads across the world!! Cowabunga
TMNT IN TIME to one side, I remember playing this game on the SNES and it was nails. Hopefully it will have a difficulty setting? If not, no worries as a must buy for me when price drops a bit as it looks great!
I always just assumed they were hearts on his boxes!
As an old fan of the original games and Maximo, I plan to pick up this game at some point, but I'm holding out for a physical release. It may be a long time coming (if ever) but I am stubborn!
I like the art style, actually
Maybe she ought to gift him with a set of armor that doesn't disintegrate in one hit? Because those boxers sure aint doing anything.
The rom is definitely out there (I just found it easily) if you want to "try it out" using a PSP emulator on your PC or Phone.
@Jokerwolf A fellow Commando! Now I think we can put Brave Yamada who programs in his underwear alongside Sir Arthur!
@Severian Keep up the good fight! lol
That movement style still looks janky. I guess a lot of people enjoyed it, but I would prefer it with different physics. I have only ever played the SNES ome thanks to save states and still lost because I missed the items. Never really my cup of tea, I suppose
@Jokerwolf and @Severian That's more then I needed to know. Lolol
Prin Prin knew Arthur would be ****ing himself often against these enemies so that was thoughtful of her.
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