Video game music tends to leave a lasting impression on most gamers and the right track can make levels and/or moments from any game much more memorable. From a horror perspective, music can help create a dreadful, haunting atmosphere that creates unsettling feelings inside the player. To celebrate the Halloween occasion, we’d like to share eight pieces of video game music that has choked us with its cold, clammy hands ever since the first listen.
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Finally, after three long years, I’m compiling another list of horror games that can be played on Nintendo consoles. This list is a little shorter so think of it as a supplementary list for the Top 10 Horror Games to Play on Nintendo Consoles article. Some of these games may scare you silly; some of them are full of blood and guts. Regardless, all of these games can be played on Nintendo consoles and they are great to pop in during the macabre month of October.
Who wasn’t a fan of The Simpsons in the nineties? Well, I sure was, but there were certain episodes that stuck out like a sore thumb. They were different, much scarier than the norm. Of course, I’m talking about the Treehouse of Horror episodes!
Each year – starting with the second season – around Halloween, The Simpsons would transform into a horrific, gory filled anthology of short stories. Looking back now, most of these episodes weren’t really that scary, but to a kid they were deemed downright terrifying. Over 23 seasons, there have been 69 short horror stories told during the Treehouse of Horror episodes. With Halloween just around the corner, I have decided to highlight Five of the Best Treehouse of Horror Shorts.
Disclaimer: When I say five of the best, what I really mean is five of my personal favourites. Read more
Horror games are purposely designed to scare you silly, so you expect a bloody monster to pop out and rip off your head. Though, it’s a bit unexpected when a developer includes elements of horror in their seemingly innocent game. Usually, these elements come in the form of a persistent, terrifying enemy that will not let up until it gets what it wants… you. Read more
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.
Best SNES Games: Gaia Trilogy Edition
So far, the Best SNES Games features explored specific genres of video games that were released on the Super Nintendo. Today, we’re changing things up to take a look at an underappreciated JRPG trilogy from the classic 16-bit developer, Quintet. Of course, I’m talking about the Gaia Trilogy.
The Legend of Zelda series is known for being an innovator of the action-adventure genre. Innovations such as the use of battery backups and Z-Targeting paved the way for other action-adventure games. While we’ve already done the Top 10 Items from The Legend of Zelda, a recent trek through The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages got me thinking about innovative items from the series that offered new gameplay experiences. And here we are, ready to list the Top 5 Innovative Items from The Legend of Zelda Series.
21. Nazo no Murasame Jou/The Mysterious Murasame Castle
I never would have known about The Mysterious Murasame Castle if it weren’t for the inclusion of the Takamaru’s Ninja Castle attraction in Nintendo Land. The game, set in Japan, features an overhead view that makes it look similar to The Legend of Zelda; however, The Mysterious Murasame Castle focuses on action over adventure. Its stages are linear, contained experiences, unlike the open-world of The Legend of Zelda. Also, taking inspiration from the Japanese culture gives the game a unique feel.
11. Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light)
The Fire Emblem series just recently enjoyed a release on the Nintendo 3DS with Fire Emblem Awakening, but the series got its start on the Famicom. Fire Emblem on the Famicom is the turn-based, strategy RPG that you know and love, albeit with less features. Even though the Famicom game is much more basic than recent Fire Emblem titles, I immediately got sucked into its challenging, tactical gameplay all over again. This game also introduced Marth, whom is arguably the most recognizable character in the Fire Emblem series.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Nintendo’s Family Computer (Famicom) console, better known to us westerners as the Nintendo Entertainment System. For the most part, both consoles received the same games including classics like Super Mario Bros. 3 and DuckTales. However, the Japanese audience got to enjoy a multitude of games that never made an appearance in North America. To celebrate the Famicom’s 30th anniversary, I’ve decided to compile a list of 30 awesome Famicom games that didn’t come to North America.
10 Most Wanted Newcomers for the new Super Smash Bros. Game
It’s time for Toad to be a fighter in the Smash Bros. series, and why not? He has adventured alongside the Mario Bros. a few times and has proved to be a valuable asset. Toad does have a few unique characteristics that could easily translate into special moves. Toad is strong and fast – as seen in Super Mario Bros. 2 – which could let him pluck and throw vegetables at blinding speeds. Toad’s mushroom cap could also make for a devastating headbutt attack.
The Nintendo eShop, Nintendo’s online marketplace, has been live for nearly two years on the Nintendo 3DS. Over the past two years, Nintendo and third-party developers have released a lot of quality experiences that can only be had on the 3D handheld. While the Nintendo eShop is not exactly perfect yet, it is a great place to find games that cater to niche markets, and the mainstream, as well. Of course, gamers can also download retro games on the Virtual Console, or buy full-fledged retail titles, but that isn’t the focus for this article. With that being said, here are ten must play Nintendo 3DS eShop games.
As we all know, Nintendo owns some of the most iconic video game franchises in the industry. However, some of their older franchises have been poorly mistreated, or worse, forgotten. A cameo, remake, or spin-off won’t suffice; these franchises need a new entry in their respective series. So, which five Nintendo franchises need to make a comeback?