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Celebrating 35 Years of Konami’s The Goonies



You know, it wasn’t that long ago arcades around the globe introduced The Goonies into their folds. And yet, today seems to mark an almost unbelievable anniversary. 35 years, in fact. That’s right, Konami’s well-received video game adaptation of the cult classic movie has aged. Like a fine wine, might I add? Seeing as The Goonies is still very much remembered as one of the defining staples during the arcade era of gaming — I’d say it still has a presence in this world. If only a minor one.

The Goonies released on NES, as well as Famicom and PC. Plus, with a few hundred thousand (if not millions) of arcade hardware being shipped on a global scale — it’s common knowledge that the game made its rounds over the years. Only, Japan seemed to home the console version, whereas the rest of the world was left to ransack coins for the arcade. Even still, we can’t exactly complain. After all, The Goonies was highly-praised from all corners of the gaming community despite the differences between countries.

Can you locate the seven missing Goonies?

What is The Goonies?

The Goonies is a sidescrolling adventure that puts you in the shoes of either Sloth or an unnamed player, depending on which platform you play on. With 25 non-linear levels on the map, you must shovel through each familiar setting in search of your seven friends. However, in order to progress, you’ll have to tackle various enemies that shadow the map. By using a variety of attacks that range from kicks, bombs, and slingshots — you can defeat your foes and continue. So, almost like the movie? Well, not exactly, but you get the picture.

The Goonies released on February 21st 1986. Here’s hoping Konami takes a well-deserved moment to appreciate this classic on their anniversary. Thanks for the memories, team.


Jord is an aspiring journalist and self-published author, as well as a lover of all things gaming and media.