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"NEW" Ghostbusters II
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Release Date(s) December 26, 1990 (NES-JP)[1]
December 7, 1990 (NES-Pal)[2]
December, 1990 (GB)[3]
Publisher Hal/Activision
Developer HAL Laboratory
System(s) NES (European/Japan)
Gameboy (different from NES Version)

"NEW" Ghostbusters II was released for the NES, developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Hal and Activision. This was contained within a black packaging (unlike the NES game's blue packaging) and the character had multiple lives before the 'Continue' screen appeared then finally the 'Game Over' screen if all continues were used. A Gameboy game that was simply titled "Ghostbusters II" was made from assets originating from the NES version, but is a different game and has different levels and enemies.

GameplayEdit

The player chooses between the four Ghostbusters (Peter, Egon, Ray and Winston) as well as their accountant Louis. The player chooses their lead character (the one who fires the proton pack by pressing the A button) and also the secondary player who, while pressing B on the controller, releases the trap but this secondary character cannot die nor be controlled, rather the character followed the player's main character around for the entire game. Although being able to select the main and secondary characters, it does not affect gameplay, which is exactly the same no matter what combination is used. The characters are drawn with exaggeratedly large heads, and the graphics and generally more cartoon-like than in the other games.

ReferencesEdit

  1. famicomworld.com Game List
  2. Nesworld Doc
  3. List of games for the original Game Boy (NA) off Nintendo.com (archived from the original at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)

TriviaEdit

  • There is also a character sprite of Dana (much like the 5 playable characters), but is unplayable and only appears briefly at the end of one level and in the closing sequence.
  • The game also had some enemy type in early levels resembling Samhain from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.
  • The game used versions and expansions of the various songs used in the movie for each level.
  • An unofficial version of the game was released by Timewalk Game in 2012. While not official, it is a highly sought after version due to the high quality packaging and the factor it is the only version in color for the Nintendo (NES) that has been released in North America.
    • It features Real Ghostbusters art on the front cover and a cartridge is in a unique green. It also comes with a poster and instruction booklet.
  • On page five of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, the video game makes cameo behind Egon Spengler.
  • On page eight of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Issue #3, on the brown tack board is a grab of the Scoleri Brothers boss battle in Level 1.


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