Gargoyle’s Quest Grabs Magic Fingernail, Jumps On 3DS eShop In Japan

By Spencer . June 29, 2011 . 9:18am

gargBack on the grayscale Game Boy, Capcom made an action game where you played as one of the enemies from Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Gargoyle’s Quest starred Firebrand and followed him through the Ghoul Realm. A notable gameplay mechanic was Firebrand’s ability to fly. Well, maybe not "fly" since Firebrand cannot move upwards. He hovers over spikes and can latch on to walls.


While the action parts were side-scrolling levels, Gargoyle’s Quest also had towns to explore and extra lives to purchase – if you had enough spare vials. On the overworld, Firebrand could talk to characters and earn items like… a magical fingernail that makes him jump higher. (That’s a real power up.) Firebrand also gains new breath abilities that let him break blocks and create temporary platforms on spiked walls.


Gargoyle’s Quest is available on Japan’s eShop for 400 yen ($5) and I imagine this version is better than the original since you don’t have to copy long passwords. The Nintendo 3DS has a state save feature. Golf from Nintendo and Pac-Man are also available for Virtual Console in Japan.

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  • oh hey

    I remember having this game

    fun times

  • I like the overal design of the game. One of the Gameboy’s finest games
    It’s not overloaded, and the new skills Firebrand collects are used well in the sidescrolling stages, up to the final fortress.

    There’s little to complain about it:
    Difficulty level is kind of inverse (reachin it’s peak with that tower stage where you  get to really use the buster weapon the first time), but that’s all I dislike about it.
    Random encounters are not bothersome in this game and over really quick.

    They made a very well designed RPG hybrid, long before that became a trend.
    Will we ever see a re-release of the NES and SNES games?

  • neo_firenze

    Wow, I was hoping this eventually showed up on 3DS Virtual Console, but to see it this soon is awesome news.  Really great game, and I will gladly drop $5 on it.

  • Thats cool and all but… Where is megaman legends prototype version!!

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