Ghosts’ n Goblins creator Tokuro Fujiwara recently shared a thought-provoking factor from the development of Capcom’s fiendishly hard platforms: Arthur’s iconic heart-patterned boxers are actually covered in strawberries. Okay, maybe that’s just me thinking.
“There’s one very important detail I need to share with you that people may not know: the pattern on his underwear is actually strawberry,” Fujiwara said. Polygon. “Arthur has this robustness when he wears the armor, but on the inside he gets a little fancy and wears his favorite boxers.”
Since Ghosts’ n Goblins made its arcade debut in 1985, players have widely accepted that Arthur’s underwear was patterned with hearts throughout the series. But about like White Mage’s robes in Final Fantasy III, hardware limitations have probably contributed to this discrepancy between what the developers intended and what the players interpreted on the screen.
When I look back, the small, red blobs on Arthur’s boxers can be just about anything, and it’s only in concept art that the strawberry pattern becomes clear. It certainly did not help that Capcom used heart boxes in the 2001s Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, a spiritual successor to the classic Ghosts’ n Goblins series, and its 2003 sequel Maximo vs Army of Zin. The hearts even showed up in one Dead Rising Easter eggs.
Probably the truth has been out there for some time. Arthur’s bio in both Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 from 2011 mentions “strawberry-print boxer shorts.” They can even be seen during the game after the Golden Armor super runs out, but these games are probably a little too chaotic to be careful with something so small.
“However, underwear is not just something he likes to wear,” Fujiwara explained during his Polygon interview. “It was actually a gift from the princess and acts as a ‘charm’ to protect Arthur in battle. It’s probably safe to say that the strawberry design was something the princess loved.”
Oh, and in case you were wondering, there’s no doubt that Arthur’s boxers are patterned with strawberries in Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection, a remaster of the original book style from the 1985 launch on Switch on February 25th. I do not know about you, but I have been thinking of them as hearts for so long that I am not sure what to do with the truth. If you need to talk, I’m here.