Makaimura was originally released in September 1985 in Japan. It is known outside Japan as "Ghosts'n Goblins
The title of this game translates from Japanese as 'Demon World Village'.
The princess was officially called 'Prin Prin' (this is a onomatopoeia for the buttocks which make a pretty movement).
The main character, Arthur, appears as a striker character in "Marvel vs. Capcom - Clash of Super Heroes".
The red flying gargoyle enemy that you come across in the first level is known as The Red Arremer, and he actually has his own game on the Nintendo Game Boy called "Reddo Arima Makaimura Gaiden", released in 1990, as well as two sequels: "Reddo Arima Tsu" for the Famicom in 1992 and "Demonzu Bureizon Makaimura Monsho-hen" for the Super Famicom in 1994. The first of these sequels was also ported to the Game Boy in 1993 under the title "Makaimura Gaiden: The Demon Darkness" with two new levels (a U.S. version of this Game Boy port was also planned, but was later cancelled). The Red Arremer has also been included as the last boss in the MSX game "Makaijima Higemaru" and a secret boss in the Neo-Geo's "SNK Vs. Capcom - SVC Chaos".
Default highscore table (BEST RANKING) :
TOP Yuk 1000 PTS
2ND Fum 1000 PTS
3RD Mik 1000 PTS
4TH Tom 1000 PTS
5TH Tan 1000 PTS
6TH Kei 1000 PTS
7TH Rum 1000 PTS
8TH May 1000 PTS
9TH Oot 1000 PTS
10TH Hor 1000 PTS
A hidden message is on the audio CPU, starting at 0x003E:
THIS PROGRAME IS PROGRAMED BY TOSHIO ARIMA, IF YOU NEED SAME INFORMETION
THEN FONE 0726-74-0943, OR 2-14,YAWATA MACHI, TAKATSUKI, 569 OSAKA JAPAN
Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Capcom Game Music - 28XA-94) on August 25, 1986.
Suleputer released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Makaimura Music Collection - CPCA-10128~34) on December 28, 2005 containing music from the original arcade and Sega Mega Drive series.
Bandai released a board game based on this video game (in Japan only) in 1989 : You play a knight trying to defeat the demon Loki. Roll the dice to move along the board, battle monsters as you proceed, and fulfil requirements to go from one section to the next.
Matt Gardner holds the official record for this game with 875,300 points on September 12, 2010.