Celebrate 30 Years Of Ghosts'n Goblins With Five Minutes Of Death

On September 19, 1985, Capcom unleashed one of the toughest video games ever to hit arcades, starring a brave knight and his brave underwear.

Ghosts’n Goblins was the game that answered the age-old question, “What do you do when the devil kidnaps your girlfriend?” The answer, which in retrospect should have been fairly obvious, is die. Die lots.

Thirty years later we’ve been through a lot with Sir Arthur, from sequels (Ultra Mega Hyper Ghosts’n Goblins) to spin-offs (Maximo) to crossover appearances (Marvel Vs. Capcom 3). But mostly we’ve just seen him being slaughtered in his underwear, as demonstrated in the five unfortunate minutes above.


The First Five is the first five minutes of a game with light commentary. Once the five minutes are up, so am I.

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Meyer Lansky Sqarrs

I had this at some point as a child. I could sometimes get past the forest, but that’s it.

But then, at the time, I could hardly get past the first level of Mario Bros.

So, memories, man. Memories.

Not at all interested in ever trying it again, but at least I’m slightly better at Mario now.