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‘Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection’ and Other Classics Coming Soon To Nintendo Switch!
December 26, 2020 — Ghosts ’n Goblins is an undying classic in the modern gaming world. Largely thanks in part to how well its gameplay has aged over the years. Released back in 1985, this classic IP has gained a cult-following over the years; Its difficulty being the primary force behind the fans. Ghosts ’n Goblins has received 2 sequels in total, with a 2.5D refresh back in 2006 on the PlayStation Portable. Since then, the franchise has been about as dead as the various ghouls and ghosts that you slay as Arthur. That is, until the reboot — Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection — was announced, and given a release date for February 25, 2021.
Classic Difficult Gaming Meets A Stylized Modern Look
This reboot is looking to be everything fans of the IP have been wanting more of; Simple platforming and combat, amid an onslaught of unique enemies, with difficult movement and attack patterns. You will once again play as Arthur, attempting to carry out the task of beating all the baddies and saving the princess — plumber style. The difference here is that you are not in the Mushroom Kingdom, far from it in fact. As diving deep into the game’s Demon Realm will pit you against returning foes like Skeletons, Zombies, Pigman, Giant Ogres, and a host of flying nuisances.
Like past iterations of the game, Arthur will be able to use a variety of weapons and armor found throughout each level. Part of the charm of Ghosts ’n Goblins is when you get hit once your armor is destroyed. This leaves Arthur in nothing but his colorful boxers, and from there he is only 1 hit away from certain death. However, Resurrection looks to have multiple armor stages this time around. Allowing Arthur to take up to 3 hits in total, instead of the classic game’s 2-hit health system. This reboot also seems to have added quite a few new weapons and spells to occasionally help dominate the undead. Even so, there is likely to be much more to Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection than the trailer lets on.
Move Over Dark Souls
I would not be worried if you think the extra hits and gear will make the game easier. If you look at the announcement trailer below, it is evident this reboot will have some of the most challenging platforming this side of Super Meat Boy Forever. This time around, the dangerous homing spells, flying ghosts, giant zombies, pitfalls, and unseen traps look to satisfy most gamer’s difficulty-lust. That said, the big twist this reboot presents us with is the detailed, yet charming, story-book visual art style. The backgrounds alone look like they are straight out of the kind of children’s books my folks read to me. It would have been neat to see the — now canceled — mmorpg adaption of Ghosts ’n Goblins sport this art style.
Now, if you find yourself unable to wait for this fantastic-looking reboot, there are other options available. Games like Battle Princess Madelyn Royal Edition (also for the Switch) successfully emulates a good amount of Ghosts ’n Goblin’s design philosophy. The story of Battle Princess is a similar one. You play as the determined Madelyn; your family was taken from you, and your dog — sadly killed. Thankfully, your favorite pooch’s spirit joins you in your quest to find and save your family. All of the weapons, armor, and doggy-ghost powers at your disposal allow you to play the same way you would in Ghosts ’n Goblins. For those who need to scratch that particular dangerous combat and platforming gaming itch, Battle Princess seems like a fun alternative.
Sometimes, You Just Can Not Beat The Originals
Reboots of classics are cool and all, but if you are hankering for the pure classics then the Capcom Arcade Stadium may be up your alley. This compilation features 32 signature arcade titles of old, and also releases in February 2021. The classic collection starts with a free copy of The Battle of Midway. From there, you can buy the original Ghosts ’n Goblins by itself, on top of any of the other 3 game packs at $10 each. Each of the 3 game packs feature 10 different titles from the era of classic arcade gaming; ranging from Bionic Commando to Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
Either way, no matter what your tastes are this holiday season, there are quite a few nostalgic treats for you to enjoy. Will you be picking up either of the new Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection?