Capcom has been making good on their promise of adding new titles to their wonderful little emulator app Capcom Arcade [Free], and a new update has just hit that adds two new classic titles to the package. They’re both winners, too.

The first game is Super Ghouls’n Ghosts, the third title in the original Ghosts’n Goblins trilogy. Interestingly, Super Ghouls’n Ghosts was never an arcade game at all, and first appeared on the Super Nintendo back in 1991. That’s not a bad thing at all though, as it was easily one of the finest action-platformers from that system.

It’s also hard as nails, just like the previous games in the series, and the virtual controls don’t help matters any. They’re totally workable, but these games were brutal even with the precision of physical controls, and if you’re able to beat Super Ghouls’n Ghosts on iOS then you have won my admiration and deserve some sort of major award.

The second new title is Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, the competitive gem matching game that features chibi-style characters from Capcom's various fighting games. Considering how many quarters I pumped into this game in arcades back in the day, I’m ecstatic to now have a full version that fits in my pocket. It features 3 different single-player arcade modes against AI opponents, but best of all it also has local Bluetooth multiplayer for two players. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo is decent fun solo, but is absolutely fantastic with a real life competitor.

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo also controls pretty well on the touch screen. There’s an option for having a smaller screen size with onscreen virtual buttons around the border so as not to cover up the action. Or, you can go full screen and use simple swipe and tap gestures to control your gems. Both options work fine, though the swipe method can be a bit imprecise when the action speeds up in the game.

As we detailed in our review of Capcom Arcade, the game is initially free to download with 3 free tickets given out per day that are each good for one play of any game. You can also buy token packs as IAP which give you a single play per token, or you can just outright buy an entire arcade machine which gives you unlimited play of that game. To celebrate this latest update, you can currently get Street Fighter II, 1942, 1943, Ghosts’n Goblins, Ghouls’n Ghosts, and Commando for the sale price of 99¢ each. The rest of the games, including these two new ones, can be purchased for their regular price of $2.99.

I really like Capcom Arcade, and was overjoyed when they added Final Fight last month, one of my all-time favorite games. I’m glad to see them following that up with another set of solid titles, and with the extensive catalog of excellent games Capcom has under its belt I can’t wait to see how Capcom Arcade will grow and expand in the future.

  • Seth

    holy crap! puzzle fighter is one of my favorite games of all time. what did I do to deserve this finally being released on the app store and fitting into my pocket!? Here's hoping it plays well.

  • Phil Baxter

    I'll have to see how puzzle fighter plays first, as the virtual d-pad could be right over the crucial left side of the screen...

  • Anonymous

    I wish they make it universal. The iPad would also make it possible for the virtual d-pad to not obscure any of the playing area. And, as I've said before, with all these quality emus available in official form, why don't we have a good bluetooth game controller? With TV out, the iPhone (and iPad) would make an awesome little portable virtual console.

  • Andrzej Raczynski

    isn't this like their 4th attempt to sell ghouls and ghosts on ios? judging by the previous attempts, this isn't worth a buck.

    i'm kind of getting tired of the crapola that capcom's been releasing in the last few years actually, on all platforms.

    • Plunder Tom

      So true.

      It is also a pity indeed to see how these brilliant games are wasted with such inferior emulator of Capcom.

  • BulkSlash

    Can I have my major award now? 😉

    • Jared Nelson

      Nice! Your major award is that I liked your post!! Are you stoked or what?!? 😉

      • BulkSlash

        I am SUPER-PSYCHED!!! 😉

  • pup

    Enough already with the duplicates, Capcom!

    And why is this not HD yet?

  • Genndy

    This is a very cool update, I love Puzzle Fighter. I hope Darkstalkers and Captain Commando are in the next update.

  • Phil Baxter

    This is actually a pretty interesting app now. It's interesting as Capcom are emulating several hardware platforms here, including (and this is the very interesting part) Nintendo's Super Nintendo hardware. Super Ghouls and Ghosts is a SNES game, - it was never released as an arcade machine. It could be that Capcom has ported this rather than emulated it, but it sure looks and sounds just like it did on the SNES.

    Puzzle Fighter is excellent and controls well as Capcom have actually spent the time to make it swipe friendly and not just plonked a d-pad on the screen. It's too bad it only runs at 30fps but at least Capcom have CPS 2 emulation working respectably now which should open the doors to a vast array of fantastic old Capcom coin-ops. The same can't be said of their Commando hardware emulation which limps along when running 1943.

    Also while the presentation is pretty ugly it's nice to see ROMs all together in one app, as they should be. SEGA, take note.

    • Jared Nelson

      I was actually thinking the SPFII might be a port of the PSP version since it seems like it has a more widescreen aspect ratio than the original arcade machine. That would be interesting, but I dunno for sure if it is.

  • Jeffy2365

    What are some games that you guys would like to see on Capcom Arcade in a future update? I want Knights of the Round, Mega Man: The Power Battle, Darkstalkers, Super Street Fighter 2, and Saturday Night Slammasters.

    • TaylorX

      I'd like to see Darkstalkers, Street Fighter Alpha, and Strider for sure.

  • Smint

    Can I check? Battle network doesn't seem to be on my 2g iPod Touch. I see it on my 4g iPod Touch though

  • Norwich Retro Gaming

    Well this is 'Super'