Arthur (Ghosts 'n Goblins)

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Sir Arthur
Ghosts 'n Goblins character
UltimateArthur1.jpg
Arthur as he appears in Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins. Illustrated by Shoei Okano and Shinkiro
First gameGhosts 'n Goblins (1985)
Voiced byEnglish
Dan Woren (Marvel vs. Capcom series)[1]
Japanese
Wataru Takagi (Marvel vs. Capcom)
Fumihiko Tachiki (Namco × Capcom)[2]
Tetsu Inada (Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Project X Zone)[3]

Sir Arthur (Japanese: アーサー, Hepburn: Āsā) is a fictional character and the primary protagonist from Capcom's Ghosts 'n Goblins video game series. He first appeared in the 1985 video game Ghosts 'n Goblins, and has been well received since then. The character is also featured in several other Capcom video games outside the Ghosts 'n Goblins series.

Appearances[edit]

In the Ghosts 'n Goblins series, Arthur is introduced as a knight who needs to rescue Princess Prin Prin (Princess Guinevere in the English version) who was kidnapped by Satan, king of Demon World.

Outside of his own series, Arthur is a playable character in the shooter Cannon Spike,[4] the tactical role-playing games Namco × Capcom[5] and Project X Zone,[6] and in the fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, as well as on its updated version, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and its sequel, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.[7] He also appears as an assist character in the fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes,[8] and makes a cameo appearance in the fighting game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars.[9] In addition, his costume can be worn in the sports game We Love Golf![10] and the action-adventure game Dead Rising 2.[11] Players will be able to dress as Arthur and use his weapons in Monster Hunter Generations.[12]

Other media[edit]

Arthur appeared in the game-based manga series Hisshō Tekunikku Kan Peki-ban by Wan Pakku Comics. He also appears in Archie Comics' Worlds Unite crossover between its Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog titles, where he is one of many Capcom and Sega heroes recruited by Zero and Bunnie Rabbot to battle Sigma.

Reception[edit]

We credit Arthur's heroic spirit to his devotion to the lovely Princess he’s sworn to protect. No matter how many times she's kidnapped, Arthur will don his very flimsy armor and march to the gates of Hell to find her. Even if he has to fight Satan with only his underwear to protect him, Arthur can't be stopped (so long as the player can show similar determination with his crazy difficult games).

—Staff of GamesRadar[13]

The character was well received by gaming media. Retro Gamer included him in the section "top ten forces of good" in their 2004 list of top 50 retro game heroes.[14] GameDaily included Arthur in their "Top 25 Gaming Hunks", placing him 21st,[15] and ranked him as the third best Capcom character of all time.[16] IGN staff listed Arthur in their 2009 list of the characters they wished to see appear in a future Marvel vs. Capcom title, calling him "a true gaming icon that nonetheless hasn't seen much love [i]n recent years."[17] In 2012, GamesRadar ranked him as the 64th "most memorable, influential, and badass" protagonist in games, for his "audacity to charge heedlessly into the creepiest graveyard known to man wearing nothing but his boxer shorts."[18] In 2013, GamesRadar staff included him among the 30 best characters in the three decades of Capcom's history.[13]

UGO Networks listed him showing skivvies as the 22nd best fan service in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.[19] He was also featured in a 2010s list of "gaming's most inappropriate outfits ever" by NowGamer, who commented that his armor "looks fine, but as a defensive measure it couldn't be more shoddy."[20] In addition, Nintendo Power included the phrase "Take a key for coming in" among their collection of classic quotes in video games' history.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Capcom. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Capcom. Scene: Credits, "Cast".
  2. ^ "PS2 NAMCO x CAPCOM | 登場キャラクター" (in Japanese). Namco Bandai. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130719044129/http://www.capcom.co.jp/mvsc3/character_arthur.html
  4. ^ "38. Cannon Spike The 50 Best Sega Dreamcast Games". Complex. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Namco X Capcom Review". Siliconera. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Yip, Spencer (June 27, 2012). "Project X Zone's Original Characters". Siliconera. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Characters - Arthur". Capcom. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  8. ^ Mackey, Bob (April 27, 2012). "Seven Mascots That Won't Make the PlayStation All-Stars Cut". 1UP.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  9. ^ Kaijin no Soki's ending in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.
  10. ^ Siegel, Scott Jon (February 12, 2008). "Vote Capcom faves into We Love Golf". Joystiq. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  11. ^ Frushtick, Russ (October 6, 2010). "'Dead Rising 2' DLC Costumes Sure Look Familiar". MTV. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  12. ^ Romano, Sal, 05.19.16, "Monster Hunter Generations ‘Ghosts ‘n Goblins’ trailer" (http://gematsu.com/2016/05/monster-hunter-generations-ghosts-n-goblins-trailer). Gemastsu. Accessed 20 May 2016.
  13. ^ a b "The 30 best Capcom characters of the last 30 years". GamesRadar. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  14. ^ Retro Gamer 2, page 36.
  15. ^ "Top 25 Gaming Hunks". GameDaily. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  16. ^ "Top 25 Capcom Characters of All Time". GameDaily. Archived from the original on April 8, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  17. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (April 20, 2009). "Player's Wanted: Marvel vs. Capcom 3". IGN. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  18. ^ "100 best heroes in video games". GamesRadar. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  19. ^ Sitterson, Aubrey (February 15, 2011). "The Best Fan Service in Marvel vs. Capcom 3". UGO Networks. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  20. ^ "Gaming's Most Inappropriate Outfits Ever". NowGamer. June 28, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  21. ^ "Classic Quotes" (PDF). Nintendo Power. South San Francisco, California: Future US (250): 51. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2013.