It’s October again, and you know what that means, Halloween is just around the corner! To celebrate the occasion, I put together a list of some of the scariest (and sometimes not so scary) games that can be played on Nintendo consoles. These games are great to play on Halloween, or any time you’re looking for a good scare.
10. Friday the 13th (NES)
Gameplay wise, Friday the 13th isn’t great. In fact, it’s pretty bad. However, there are enough scares here that will have you crapping yourself in no time. Jason is hiding around every corner, waiting to pop out and slice off your head. The moments leading up to his appearance are tense which makes the scare much more satisfying. If Jason gets his way, you will be flinging that NES controller towards the TV this Halloween.
9. Luigi’s Mansion (Gamecube)
While not the scariest game on this list, Luigi’s Mansion is a horror themed game that Nintendo fans can enjoy this Halloween. Luigi wins a mansion and sends Mario ahead to check it out for him. Mario eventually goes missing, meaning Luigi must investigate the situation and save his brother. Luigi quickly discovers that the mansion is haunted, and to save Mario he must catch a variety of whacky and spooky ghosts. The game’s stellar musical score really helps set the haunted mansion atmosphere.
8. Castlevania (NES)
Initially, Castlevania wasn’t even on my radar when creating this list; however, after thinking about which games should be on the list, it could be considered a crime to not include this game. Castlevania is a tribute to classic horror movies and for that reason alone it deserves this spot. Famous horror movie icons such as Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, and of course, Dracula himself make an appearance. In fact, the game is strikingly familiar to that of Van Helsing’s struggle with Dracula. Fans of classic horror films will enjoy the old school monsters and terrifying atmosphere of Castlevania.
7. Monster Party (NES)
Monster Party is a unique, yet strange and horrifying experience. After fusing with a monster, Mark, the game’s protagonist, agrees to help him recover his planet from a band of evil monsters. It starts off fairly innocent, but shortly after its introduction, the game flips the switch. Mangled faces and strange dark creatures manifest before your eyes after reaching the mid stage point. The game continues to throw strange creatures at you, but nothing can top the first stage’s gory surprise.
6. Dementium: The Ward (Nintendo DS)
One of the greatest FPS games on the Nintendo DS also happens to be one of the best horror themed games. Dementium: The Ward is an intense and dreadful atmospheric game that will surprise many DS owners. It forces you to navigate the darkness with your flashlight while Zombies and other horrific monsters are waiting patiently to rip you apart. The soundtrack is fitting and sets the mood perfectly; its blood curdling screams will haunt you forever. This is one to be played with headphones on and the lights out.
5. Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors is not only a classic video game, but also one of the first Zombie survival games. It isn’t really all that scary, but it’s the perfect horror themed game that can be played with a friend. Your objective is to rescue as many of your Neighbors as possible before the Zombies can reach them. One of the standout levels in the game is Level 46. In this level, a Jason-like masked monster chases you around a hedge maze. Other horror monsters such as giant spiders, blobs, werewolves and mummies also appear.
4. Clock Tower (SNES)
Only being released in Japan, Clock Tower is an innovative 2D point and click horror adventure. Players take control of a young girl named Jennifer who is being chased down by a slasher like villain named Bobby. Jennifer must solve puzzles and hide from Bobby when being chased. The horror lies in Bobby’s ability to appear from almost any angle and chase Jennifer across multiple screens. There is no way to harm Bobby which means you must hide, and hide quickly. However, sometimes an encounter with Bobby triggers a panic mode in which the player has to rapidly mash the buttons to avoid being murdered.
3. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)
Silent Hill is a popular series for Playstation consoles and made its series debut on the Wii with this re-imaging of the original. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories brings you to the town of Silent Hill and follows the events of the first game. However, there are some major changes to the gameplay in this remake. Silent Hill remains the gloomy, atmospheric town that you’ve come to fear, except now you are rendered helpless in combat. Enemies appear during Nightmare sequences, but you’re only tactic is to run and dodge the enemies. These chase sequences are pretty tense and will no doubt send chills your spine. You must also undergo a psychiatric evaluation throughout the game which can actually change certain outcomes. While most of these changes are cosmetic, some are designed around your personal weaknesses.
2. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GameCube)
Eternal Darkness is often considered one of the greatest games for the GameCube. It is a unique survival horror game that is similar to both horror giants, Silent Hill and Resident Evil. However, however, it introduces a unique way to scare the player that will be the cause of many sleepless nights. While solving the dark puzzles and unraveling the unsettling story of the Roivas Mansion, players also have to keep an eye on their sanity. Being attacked by enemies will reduce your sanity meter and that is when the fun begins. Players also have to keep an eye on their sanity. After losing their sanity, players encounter scary effects that are fine tuned to play tricks on the player. Players may lose their head, or have the volume turned down by an unseen force, forcing players to experience unsettling moments. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between sanity and insanity, causing players to experience unsettling moments.
1. Resident Evil (Gamecube)
Resident Evil, the remake, re-introduces players to the horrific events that occurred in the Spencer mansion. Not only does it retain the spirit of the original, but this game also adds a lot of new things to fear. Unlike before, Zombies don’t disappear when you defeat them, instead they will come back as Crimson Heads. Crimson Heads are not only stronger and faster, but must be burned, or decapitated to be killed for good.
Of course, there is also Lisa Trevor, she’s right behind you…