Everyone knows how much Ghost ‘n Goblins was a hope-raping despair fest, but when I was a kid of limited resources in Charlotte, NC, playing through the first 3 levels (because come on, no one got further than that) was as close as I could get to cohorting with Satan. Needless to say I played it all the time.
Here are two videos unrelated to anything other than my lack of recent posts (Summer is awful) showing a complete playthrough of the second time you had to beat it, after finding out the first “room” was an “illusion.”
GO AHEAD DAUNTLESSLY! MAKE RAPID PROGRESS!