Monday, December 13, 2010

New cab: Ghosts 'n Goblins - Capcom, 1985


Picked up a completely mint, totally restored Ghosts 'n Goblins today and I'm so stoked! Just like when I picked up a Tempest years back, I had to drive throughout the remnants of the big storm that ran through the midwest just a day ago, dropping 5-10 inches with 35-50 mile an hour winds and lot and lots of ice. Which certainly made the 5 miles on completely iced country roads off of 94 to my destination pretty hairy - especially on the return trip, having to do it in the dark! But it was well worth it and the game is in better shape than I could have ever imagined.


I found a posting on craigslist about a week and a half ago for it on the Madison, WI site for $200, which is pretty low for a machine that looked this nice. It's a game I have always wanted to add to my small arcade and one I have always wanted to 1cc. For the price, I expected a player - beat up, functional, but rough, much like my old Marble Madness cab. I offered $125 as the monitor had some screen burn (which actually is barely noticeable when playing it, the camera flash makes it look a lot worse than it really is) and the seller accepted. But when I arrived, I couldn't believe just how perfect the machine was. The CP was new, the actual panel beneath looked brand new - no rust at all -, the bezel had NO marks on the plexi and the marquee was just as clean.

Turns out, the guy who owned it before the current owner I bought it from totally restored it. The insides were so clean that you could have done heart surgery off them. The only oddity is that the previous owner covered the cab sides and kickplate with thick and strangely classy, certainly vintage wood grain. Think Frogger. It looks great with the edges of the thick panels beveled professionally. The original blue vinyl is under it, but I'm going to leave it as is. The stuff is super durable and actually looks fantastic. The cp graphics actually looks great with it with the tree branches on the cp bleeding into the wood grain very naturally.



The pictures here are the sellers as we disassembled it to move it up the seller's stairs and into the Element. It sits in my garage now, right next to the vs. cab, awaiting the apartment. Both will be installed upstairs before the meet in February and I cannot wait.

6 comments:

gunbird18 said...

I can't wait!!! What an awesome cab!

drboom said...

Yeah man - the arcade is fun, if only very hard.

I just played the NES port at Andi's house and it is not a very good port - much like most NES ports.

szycag said...

That cab is so PRETTY but I'm terrible at that game...

drboom said...

It's definitely not am easy game - I haven't been able to get to the 4th level yet! But I do love difficult games...

Aquas said...

Great pick up! A true classic... and as I understand can be a very pricy PCB. The cab itself is a sight to behold lol. I have passed stage 3 maybe three times out of 60 credits :D But I hear it's not so bad if you have a route and set plan. Good luck!

bitkid said...

damn that is a hot G&G cab. lucky deal man!