NES Ghost 'n Goblins strangely disappears from the Virtual Console

In a move that falls somewhere between odd and underhanded, the NES version of Capcom’s brutal coin-op “classic” Ghosts 'n Goblins has curiously vanished from the Wii's Shop Channel immediately following the release of the Arcade port this week. Okay, on the surface it’s difficult to see why anyone would care. After all, both versions are seemingly identical, save for one “big” difference: The new version of Ghosts ‘n Goblins costs THREE DOLLARS MORE! ALAAAAAARM!

Above: Our playthrough yesterday could’ve saved you up to $13!

We don’t mean to downplay the situation, absurd as it is to think about people still willing to pay/play this excruciating relic from 1985, but it’s hard to imagine the move as anything other than purely money-motivated. What’s even more troubling is that it’s an especially bizarre, even callous, maneuver from the notoriously fan-friendly Capcom for a variety of reasons.

Above: Which version of the game is this? AHAHAH, WE’LL NEVER TELL!

First off, multiplatform versions of Street Fighter have coexisted peacefully on the Virtual Console for years. Second, is Ghosts ‘n Goblins really that much of a cash cow? For $5 more than the VC Arcade version, you can get that game, multiple versions of SFII, 1943, and Bionic “Goddamned!” Commando and a dozen other games in the Capcom Classics Collection, all brand new and discy. Hell, you can play it right now, FOR FREE, on the iPhone! (Up to three times a day in the Capcom Arcade app.) Lastly, who the hell is still buying Ghosts ‘n Goblins?! As one of the most unforgiving games of all time, it’s not really what you’d call “fun,” and most old school gamers know full well it’s a trip down memory lane you’ll never survive.

Above: Just as easy as it looks

Ghosts ‘n Goblins has one sole remaining demographic: Collectors... who probably would’ve happily purchased both without being forced to make such a decision. Yet they’re precisely the ones getting screwed, and at a premium no less. No matter how inconsequential you consider the game, it’s a profoundly "dick move" on someone’s part, and makes almost no sense in a world of digital releases and games that consist of less than half a dozen MBs. Shame on somebody!

Jan 11, 2011


  • Spybreak8 - January 15, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    Bahaha, love it when publishers (it it is the publisher) do this. Dumb asses. Seriously you would expect better consumer service.
  • Cleanser247 - January 12, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    C'mon Nintendo! :)
  • Link555 - January 12, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    Those evil guys in business suits; but meh its only G n G, can't imagine theyve made alot of money already having it on the Wii.
  • RebornKusabi - January 12, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    I don't know why but I have a feeling it has something to do with Capcom and Seth Killian... but without substantiated evidence, I'll have to rescind my previous assertation until proper evidence is given an adequate proclamation.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 12, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    Fun.. when you're not playing it. Zing. Anyways, ZOMG THIS AM PROOF THAT NINTENDO IS A MONEY HOGGING CORPORATE PIG!!!!!!11!!!!1!!!onE!!!!!!2!!!!
  • thedonut - January 11, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Pffft. Ghosts and Goblins IS fun.
  • Crabhand - January 11, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    CONSPIRACY! We must find the nefarious characters behind this devious scheme posthaste.
  • Usgo - January 11, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    already bought the nes version. wierd.
  • batmanboy11 - January 11, 2011 10:42 p.m.


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