The ending screens of Ghosts ‘n Goblins (NES game)

Because the NES arcade port of Ghosts ‘n Goblins is frigging impossible (I assume all versions of the game are impossible, but this is the only one I’ve tried), here’s what the end looks like. Just to make it clear how hard it is to finish this game, you don’t get to see this ending (spelling errors and all) unless you beat the game twice. Yeah, because finishing this impossible bastard the once isn’t hard enough! And isn’t that a kick in the junk? You beat the game twice and they can’t even have the decency to spell the congratulations text correctly?

That is weak sauce. F U, G ‘n G!

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Posted on June 24, 2013, in observations and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I’ve been playing it on the 3DS using save states constantly; I still can’t beat it the second time through since the enemies move so much faster (a slight bit makes a lot of difference for such a difficult game). Have to love the effort into translation. “This story is happy end” is right up there with “A Winner Is You!”

  2. this game really is super hard…well mostly unfair i would say. i cant even get to lvl 3. i am playing on a nes emulator on the pc

  3. I recently got the Famicom Mini release of this game on Gameboy Advance. It’s the Japanese release of the NES version, and you can only continue using a code. I eventually beat it. It’s easily one of the hardest games I’ve ever beaten, and I was absolutely sick of the game by the end of it. I must have died at least 100 times on the last level alone.

    I agree 100% that it is very unfair, but after playing the start of the arcade version since, I have concluded that the NES version is an inferior port. The arcade version features better control, and the goblins are easier to defeat.

    For anyone who attempts to beat this game, I strongly advise using a turbo controller for certain levels, particularly levels 2 and 6. My hand was completely worn out after constantly having to press A to beat the goblins in level 2 and the unicorn (yes, that’s his name) at the start of level 6.

    • Well done, Joseph! I still can’t beat the first level.
      Yeah, I’ve heard that the nes version is one of the worst G&G ports. I’ve also heard that you can’t beat the game without the knife and that some enemies can’t be killed with the Lance. Was this your experience?

      • Hmm… just saw this now. Even though it’s a year and a half later, if you’re still interested, in the NES version the shield won’t work on the unicorn, while the lance won’t work on the dragon. You don’t need the knife to beat the game though. In the arcade version all weapons work on all enemies.

      • Oy.I’ll stick to super Mario bros

  4. I saw a guy beat this game at a Circle K in Shore Acres St. Petersburg, Fl when it was a coin operated arcade game. The reason the game was so hard was to eat your quarters. The only way to beat it is to get the daggers as they are a fastest weapon. If you get the fireball then you might as well start over.

    This game is VERY hard but not impossible, trust me I saw it beat no cheats just video game skill.

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