Back in the 80s, my family vacationed in Cape May, New Jersey, a beach community located at the very bottom of the state; it’s wiener, for the sake of being inappropriate.
Honestly, there wasn’t much for kids to do. There was the shore, of course, but we didn’t sit in front of the ocean all day. That said, much of my enjoyment was spent playing video games in two arcades along the boardwalk, one of which featured Capcom’s memorable Ghosts’n Goblins.
Like many gamers, I developed a love/hate relationship with this title. On one hand, the 2D graphics were among the best I’d seen, the music was catchy and the heroic knight, Arthur, seemed like a cool dude.
On the other, this game was maddeningly difficult. So much so, that I lost track of the quarters plugged into the machine.
Despite the intense frustration, I grew up alongside the series, which made its way to NES, Sega Genesis (Ghouls’n Ghosts), Super Nintendo (Super Ghouls’n Ghosts) and plenty of other platforms. Each game kicked my butt, yet I still had no qualms forking over the money, even when Capcom re-released these hits on the Wii’s Virtual Console.
And yes, I also owned Ultimate Ghosts’n Goblins for PSP. In fact, I’m half eyeing Ghosts’n Goblins Gold Knights for iPhone as I type this sentence.
Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoy this series. All of the games make smoke erupt from my ears, but they also take me back to that boardwalk and spending quality time with the fam.
With this in mind, Capcom should bring this franchise to 3DS with an all new version, built from the ground up to make use of the system’s strengths, including glasses free 3D.
The odds of this happening seem slim, especially when Capcom can’t even cobble together a new Mega Man for Nintendo’s handheld; it cancelled Mega Man Legends 3 last year.
At the same time, if the company can deliver a Ghosts’n Goblins to iPhone, of all devices, certainly it can give us 3DS owners some love.
Besides, last I saw of Arthur, he was hurling lances at the Incredible Hulk in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Who, other than yours truly, picks this guy?
On that note, please, Capcom. Give us the skeletons, the demons and werewolves…the man-eating plants, crows and zombies. Ghosts’n Goblins is a great IP, one that could use another refresh on Nintendo’s portable.
Arthur, it’s time to suit up yet again.