May 30, 2007 - Are you in the super hardcore gaming minority who appreciated Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins for its stylish 2.5D graphics but felt the game was a bit too easy to warrant purchase? Then Capcom has just the game for you, if you're willing to import.
Revealed on the pages of this week's Weekly Famitsu, Goku Makai Mura Kai is a budget re-release for Goku Makai Mura, the Japanese version of Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins. "Kai" is Japanese for "reform," and Capcom seems to be earning the extra name. Most prominent on the list of updates is a change in the flow of the game. You're now forced to clear stages in order, giving the game a more arcade-like feel like that of its classic predecessors.
Other changes include the ability to perform a double jump from the start of the game, limited continues (yikes!) and new enemy positions. The game's magic system has changed, allowing you to use as much magic as you want, although you need to charge your attacks before use. The game will also encourage players to play through a second time in order to face off against the real final boss.
Capcom has also seen fit to include the original, unaltered version of the game in this 3,140 yen budget re-release, which is set for Japanese release on 8/2.