New Ghostbusters II

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New Ghostbusters II
New Ghostbusters 2
European cover art
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) HAL Laboratory
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
Series Ghostbusters
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Game Boy
Release date(s)
  • JP December 26, 1990
  • PAL 1990
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Distribution Cartridge

New Ghostbusters II (ゴーストバスターズ2 Gōsutobasutāzu 2?) is a 1990 video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy, both developed and published by HAL Laboratory in the PAL region and Japan. The NES version was never released in North America due to licensing issues with Activision. As a result, NES players in North America only received Activision's Ghostbusters II game. A Game Boy version of New Ghostbusters II was released, simply titled Ghostbusters II.

Gameplay[edit]

In the game, the player is presented with four Ghostbusters to choose from: Peter, Ray, Egon, or Winston. The NES version features their accountant, Louis, as a fifth playable character. This, along with the North American version of Ghostbusters II, were the only titles ever released that allowed players to play as Winston. While the action can be performed by oneself in the NES version, a secondary player may join the game with the ability to press B on a second controller to release a ghost-catching trap. The objective of the game is to trap all the ghosts in an area until an arrow appears which alerts the player where to travel to next. A boss appears at the end of each stage.

Stages[edit]

There are six stages in the game:

Version Differences[edit]

New Ghostbusters II for the NES is not a port of the Game Boy version, or vice versa. The Nintendo Entertainment System version features new music, different layouts for the levels and alternate versions of cut scenes between levels and stage bossses. The Game Boy version has only three stages and no multiplayer capabilities.

Reception[edit]

On release, Famitsu magazine scored the Game Boy version of the game a 25 out of 40.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ お買い物に便利 : 新作ゲームクロスレビュー - ゴースト バスターズ2. Famicom Tsushin. No.22. Pg.18. 26 October 1990.

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