- Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
title = Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
released = SNES version
October 4, 1991
NA November 1991
December 10, 1992
July 19, 2002
September 23, 2002
September 27, 2002
February 20, 2007
March 5, 2007
March 9, 2007
Hack and slash, Platform game
ratings = ESRB: Everyone (GBA version)
platforms = SFC/SNES,
Sega Saturn, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, Virtual Console, PlayStation 3
media = Cartridge, Direct download (Virtual Console)
input =nihongo|"Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts"|超魔界村|Chō Makaimura|lit. "Super Demon World Village" is a
platform gamedeveloped by Capcomand initially released for the Super NES console in 1991.
It was later ported to the
PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, and the Wii Virtual Console. It is the sequel to the arcade games " Ghosts 'n Goblins" and " Ghouls 'n Ghosts". It is perhaps best remembered for possessing immense difficulty and unforgiving gameplay.
The game is set four years after Arthur rescued Princess Prin-Prin from the demon Loki. They are engaged, and are about to get married. While spending a quiet moment Prin-Prin is suddenly kidnapped by a demon.
Players once again control the Knight Arthur in his effort to save his bride Princess Prin-Prin from the Ghoul Realm. This time, the ruler of the Ghoul Realm is the Demon Emperor Sardius (
Samaelin the Japanese version).
The game is largely similar to its prequels, though it is based more on "Ghouls 'n Ghosts". In "Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts", Arthur can upgrade to the bronze armor, that enables him to upgrade his weapons, and the golden one, that allows him to unleash a special magic attack by charging the attack button. A new ability of Arthur is to double jump. While he still can't change directions in mid-air, he can change the direction when he is doing his second jump.
Also new this time around is the addition of new weapons. The Bow and Arrow which allows Arthur to shoot two arrows at once and at slightly different angles, and the Scythe, which flies along the ground.
Sticking with tradition, players have to beat "Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts" twice in a row with a special weapon (Prin-Prin's Bracelet) before being treated to the true ending.
The game was featured often on the popular Nickelodeon game show "
Nick Arcade", in the Video Challenge portion of the show. Unfortunately, this game was not a judicious choice for contestants, due to certain technicalities in the game -- such as being forced to wait at least seven seconds after the loss of a life, to begin the next one "(the map screen is shown each time a life is lost.)"
To avoid religious criticism, the crosses in the game were modified from the Japanese version, where they resemble church crosses, but in the U.S. and European versions, the crosses were modified into the
Ankhsymbol. [ [http://www.mobygames.com/game/snes/super-ghouls-n-ghosts/trivia Game Trivia for Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts ] ] The main villain was also renamed from Samaelto Sardius and the other main villian Satan was renamed Asutaroto (A romanization of the katakana rendering of Astaroth).
The PlayStation and Sega Saturn versions are found on the "Capcom Generation Vol. 2" arcade compilation. Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox versions are included on the "
Capcom Classics Collection" and PlayStation Portable version are also included on the Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded.
While these versions are strictly ports, the
Game Boy Advanceversion has an "Arrange" Mode. This new Arrange Mode includes a new map that enables the player to pick from redesigned levels and bosses taken from " Ghosts 'n Goblins" and " Ghouls 'n Ghosts", based on their success in keeping the bronze armor, or a higher difficulty tier of the standard level set upon keeping the golden armor.
The Super NES version of the game was released on the
Wii Virtual Consoleon March 5, 2007in North America.
* [http://gngseries.retrogames.com/ The Ghosts'n Goblins Series Online]
* [http://www.meanmachinesmag.co.uk/review/215/super-ghouls-n-ghosts.php Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts SNES review] from Mean Machines Archive
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