And the Top Ten Games to Play on Your Wii this Halloween Are…
Should I have spelled it Hallowiin? Yeah, no you’re right. Now I know lists like this have been popping up on various websites lately but you’re just gonna have to trust that I’d been planning on compiling mine way before those were published. No, seriously…I swear, ok? The difference here is that all of the games that made my top ten have to be playable on Wii. So that restricts my options to software made for the system, GameCube and anything on the Virtual Console. It’s that last venue that holds the most variety (obviously), allowing this list to be spread out pretty nicely across each generation.
So now, without further adieu…let’s rock.
10. Altered Beast (Genesis, VC Arcade):
Sorry Sega fans, this game has aged terribly (oh and it wasn’t even all that great to begin with) but it makes the list simply because of the werewolf thing. I remember seeing it in the arcades as a kid and then when the port was packed in with the Genesis it was kind of a huge deal for a while. At least before Sonic stepped in. Anyway, It’s always been a fairly basic game: You walk around as a half naked human dude and beat on stuff and then once in a while you turn into a werewolf and…walk around and beat on stuff. Some people enjoy this sort of thing.
9. Devil’s Crush (TurboGrafx-16):
Pinball! And creepy themed! I have yet to play this game for myself so I’m not sure how well the physics hold up but I have read a lot of good things about it. Although there’s only one table, it’s 3 screens large and features all kinds of demonic imagery…y’know for the kids.
8. Dead Space: Extraction (Wii):
Now this game is extremely well made and sadly under the radar. From top to bottom, everything…the graphics, sound effects, control, it’s all polished to an insane degree. Oh and the damn thing is also really, very creepy. If you love on-rails shooters or anything horror/sci-fi related, Dead Space: Extraction is a must. Only downside? Christ, these characters occasionally can’t shut the fuck up. Very talky.
7. Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16):
I’ve mentioned this game before. Since then the apparently inferior sequel has been made available on the VC but not the 3rd in the series. That one is supposed to be awesome! C’mon guys, what gives?
6. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GameCube):
I know a lot of people that really, really love this game but I only just sorta kinda like it. Back when I played through the whole thing I enjoyed it for the most part but it didn’t exactly blow my wig back. The controls were a bit too stiff, I think the graphics could’ve been more polished and I could never really get my head completely around the magic system. Maybe I was just being an idiot and compared it too closely to the GameCube Resident Evil’s that were kicking ass at the time. In any case, I can’t deny that this thing has a pretty effective atmosphere and features a few fantastic jump scares.
5. Resident Evil Series (GameCube, Wii):
Sheesus, take your pick. Let’s see, Capcom re-released Resident Evil 2, 3, Code: Veronica and then remade the original Playstation title for GameCube. Then they developed original entries Resident Evil 0 and of course Resident Evil 4, BOTH of which along with the REmake were given the motion control treatment in fancy Wii editions. And after that? Well, there’s the two Umbrella Chronicles on rails shooters! Aye, that’s a lot of horrifying survival happening on one system.
4. Luigi’s Mansion (GameCube):
Luigi’s first solo adventure gets a lotta love around here and you know why? Because it is AWESOME. This launch title for the GameCube may not have been the sequel to Super Mario 64 that we were all craving at the time but it’s aged a hell of a lot better than Super Mario Sunshine. What’s not to love about exploring a haunted mansion while sucking up all kinds of ghosts with your trusty PolterGust 3000? It’s simple, addictive and just spooky enough to be a perfect fit for Halloween.
3. Ghosts ‘N Goblins, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts (Genesis, NES, SNES, VC Arcade):
Yes, these games are difficult to the point where they’re practically not any fun to play but they have to be included on this list. Ghosts ‘N Goblins was the first horror themed video game I can remember playing and even though I’m pretty sure I never made it through the second stage, the fact that I was fighting monsters instead of ninjas or mushrooms made it a favorite of mine. The sequel, Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts came out a few years later flaunting the graphical and audio prowess of the SNES during the early days -- Yet it continued the series’ sick tradition of punishing small children with a merciless level of difficulty. Why, Capcom? WHY?
2. Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES):
This game came close to nabbing the top spot. It’s packed full of references to classic horror cliches and flat out so much fun that any horror nerd who’s never played it is doing themselves a disservice. There’s a sequel that’s also available on the VC called Ghoul Patrol but it wasn’t made by the same team and from what I understand it’s pretty weak. If you’ve never played this game before, don’t Romero-walk, Zack Snyder-run.
1. Castlevania Series (NES, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, WiiWare, Wii):
Seriously? Do I even need to write why this entire series provides perfect Halloween gaming? Let’s see: Bats? Check. Mummies? Check. Frankenstein’s Monster? Check. Igors? Check. Floating Medusa heads? Uh, sure. The fuckin’ Grim Reaper? Oh yeah. And of course our old friend Dracula, all of which can be found in the first game! Also holy shit, Castlevania fans have plenty of options on the Virtual Console. You’ve got the entire NES trilogy to choose from, Super Castlevania IV for the SNES, Rondo of Blood (which is fancy for being one of very few available import downloads) for TG-16, and the incredibly fun Castlevania:Rebirth which is a loose adaptation of Castlevania: The Adventure for the original Game Boy. WHEW! That’s a lot. OH! And there’s also some lame ass fighting game subtitled Judgement that was developed for Wii but they can’t even design a damn Dracula right so we don’t have to acknowledge that one. Overall, the Castlevania series has always been synonymous with classic horror elements which made it the easy choice when compiling this list.
I hope you’ve enjoyed it and Happy Halloween everyone!