Nintendo Master of Horror?


Nintendo has spread itself across almost every imaginable genre, and they seem to do very well in each category.  Although my favorite genre is RPG, I do have a soft spot for Horror games.

I was contemplating a top ten list for horror games, but realize that everybody’s list could vary.  Rather than start a debate as to why your list is better than mine, I decided to highlight a few games that I have fond memories of.

One of my least favorite horror games is Friday the 13th.  I had high hopes for the game because I grew up with the movie series.  I knew when i bought it that I would be a camp counselor trying to hunt down Jason Voorhees.  I didn’t realize that I would attempt to kill the almost immortal with a little rock.  I played this game for hours and hours, only to finally get so fed up that I decided to just quit.  It is not often that I just give up on a game, but sadly I did.  Every once in a while, I still attempt to play through to the end, but always get frustrated and move on to something else.

One of my Favorite horror games is Castlevania II: Simon’s quest.  I know a lot of people have complaints about the game, but overall I found it to be a great sequel.  The RPG elements that were added and the difficulty kept me constantly intrigued.  I remember I had a notebook and I wrote down everything that the townspeople said.  I named the towns and each of the people so I would know where and what they said.  In the end I realized that it was a bit much.

I had always hoped for a good Hellraiser video game.  I have always been a fan of the movies and Clive Barker in General.  I think it could have made a pretty awesome side scroller on the SNES console.  At one time Color Dreams had a game in development, but unfortunately the idea was killed off.

I am looking forward to playing Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir.  I cannot wait to see how this game looks ion 3D.  I truly believe that Nintendo has successfully adapted many horror movies, as well as original games into their catalog.  Maybe they aren’t Master’s of Horror, but I do feel that they are masters at what they do!


Do you have a favorite horror game?  Is there a book and/or move that you wish could be made into a horror game?


Essel Pratt has spent his life exploring his imagination and dreams. As a Husband and a Father, he doesn't have as much time to write as he would like. However, his mind is always plotting out his next story. Someday he hopes to quit the 9-5 grind and focus on writing full time. Currently, Essel has three published short stories and is working on a handful of novels. Essel focuses his writings on mostly Horror/Sci-Fi, however is known to add a dash of other genres into his writings as well. In his spare time, he can be found playing one of the 40+ video game consoles in his collection, especially his Wii U (NNID: EsselPratt). Click the links below to follow Essel's exploits in the writing world, and be sure to follow his blog at as well as his articles on


  1. Eternal Darkness, really screws with your mind!

  2. I…uhm. Can you really call Nintendo the Master of Horror because they put out a console? That’s like calling the USA government, “Master of Wild Animals” because Zoos were built on the land that it governs.

    Eternal Darkness would have been a great point, though, Cass! That’s actually one of the very few horror games that I’ve actually played–I’m not a huge buff of the genre, largely because I find them so dark and confusing that I have no idea what I’m doing, which leads to frustration, which takes away anything even slightly resembling fear.

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