With the Halloween season approaching, it’s time to dim the lights, stock up on candy to give to the neighborhood kids (or keep it for yourself like I do), and play some horror-themed video games. In order to help you on your quest for some ultimate scares, I’ve come up with the 5 scariest games ever on a Nintendo platform.
5. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories on the Wii is one of the biggest hidden gems on the console. A testament in unique game design, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories used pyschological-horror rooted in real world issues. While the game is somewhat based on the original Silent Hill game, Shattered Memories get rid of the combat and focuses more on tension and atmosphere than guns. The game would change depending on how you played and how you answered your psychiatrist’s questions, giving the game a lot of replay value. And while there is no combat as mentioned before, there is something terrifying about running away from your demons in the game as they cling to your body and try to bring you down.
4. Doom 64 (N64)
The N64 was a powerhouse of a system, and while we saw an average port of Doom on the SNES, Doom 64 was the first real version of the PC series on a home console that could send chills down your spine. High on gore, heavy weaponry, and demon count, Doom 64 brings you to the depths of hell to battle some of the most imaginative demons and monsters seen on the console. Doom 64 offered a true 3D engine on the N64 and was one of the finest FPS console games of the time. The game is a shining example of how the N64 helped usher in FPS games to the home market.
3. Sweet Home (Famicom/NES)
While many consider the original Resident Evil on the PS1 to be the first classic horror game, it may have never existed if it wasn’t for Sweet Home on the Famicom. Originally, Resident Evil was to be a remake of Sweet Home for the modern era (and Western audiences as it was never released outside of Japan) and retains many similar elements from Sweet Home including the large mansion, cryptic story telling, and puzzle system. Sweet Home on the Famicom may be limited in terms of graphics, but the atmosphere and feeling of desolation is very well-crafted in this 8-bit classic. Fan translations have since brought this game to Western audiences, and with many homebrew cartridges available, Sweet Home is a spooky experience that laid the foundation for console horror games.
2. Resident Evil (GameCube)
Resident Evil on the PS1 was one of the most successful survival-horror games of all time, so when Capcom announced they were creating a remake of the classic, many people took notice. What we ended up with is one of the most iconic games in the survival horror library. Not just a simple graphical upgrade, Resident Evil on the GameCube added new story elements, new bosses, and quite possibly the most terrifying new enemy edition: Crimson Heads. In order to kill them, you have to incinerate their bodies, which makes for some truly scary moments. Even the most seasoned veteran of Resident Evil on the PS1 will get tons of new surprises and scares with this GameCube classic.
1. Eternal Darkness Sanity’s Requiem (GameCube)
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem harks a bit to the first game on this list, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, in the fact that instead of using traditional horror elements (dark areas, bloody demons), the game has a strong focus on psychological horror. While exploring the murder of your Grandfather, you visit his mansion in Rhode Island, find a mysterious book, and so begins the adventure. The game takes place in several different locations and places in time, and while some of those areas can be a bit creepy, the real terror comes from the game’s sanity meter. Imagine battling in ancient Rome and all of a sudden you are walking on the ceiling of the level, or hearing women and children screaming for no reason. What if the game decides to adjust the volume of your TV? Or just turn off? Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem kept the player on their toes by blurring what was reality in the game and what was reality in their own environment, which makes it stand the test of time.
What games would you put in your 5 scariest games on a Nintendo platform? I’d love to hear your list below, so sound off!