Capcom's side-scrolling platformer "Makaimura" (1985), designed and programmed by Toshio Arima, was released in the United States as "Ghosts'n Goblins". In 1986, GnG was ported to the NES and several home computers (Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST).
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Halted project to emulate Ghosts'n Golbins with updated sound and graphics. Screen shots and sound downloads.
IGN: Ghosts 'n Goblins
Previewed by Craig Harris. "Yes, Capcom had a game with zombies before Resident Evil." (October 26, 1999)
Night Gem review
Reprinted Zzap 64 review of the 1986 Commodore 64 port by Elite Systems. (October 01, 1989)