Alright, so, quite some time ago, I discussed the 12 moments in Nintendo series that scared me the most, I’ll be honest, most of those moments actually touched on primal fears, ones that I have, but ones that anybody can relate to; and that was the strength of many of these scenes. It's agreat thing about many Nintendo titles that. either in the story in the ambiance they try to convey, they attempt to scare, or feature scenarios that call to one’s fears.
Although, most examples I gave back then were actually about the story in the games discussed. Some of those points were about ambiance, but not many. And yet, ambiance is one of the most important elements in the production of any work of fiction. The looks of a place and the music that can be heard in it. The events that happen in it are amplified by these elements. That’s why it’s so important to not only feature a good story, but to also have the accompanying ambiance. You can’t just slap a scary place somewhere and expect it to do the job! It’s an exercise in subtlety where a game’s developers have to build up the suspense, the dread, sometimes with implications that the player may not pick on. And that’s before anything plot-relevant happens!
As an homage to the art of ambiance, today I am listing 12 of the creepiest Nintendo locations – and why they deserve this spot on the list.
12. Ripple Star (Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards)
|RememberÉ: You're pretty much inside the swarm of|
11. Subspace and the Great Maze (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
|Oh, this place also has characters who love|
10. Second Tourian (Super Metroid)
|Whatever has come by, it has even destroyed a Chozo.|
Ah, Metroid hatchlings. First they imprint, and before
you know it, they're devouring all life around them.
Samus must be a proud parent.
9. The Palace of Twilight (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)
|Hoo boy, am I excited to go into ths giant dark tower!|
Can't wait to be ripped to shreds by darkness!
8. Bonefin Galaxy
|Too bad nobody's fishing for fish skeletons, or else I|
would have had the catch of the millenium.
7. The Dark World (The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past)
|It's grey, and brown, and grim, and unpleasant.|
And that's not even one tenth of the truth.
6. Orre (Pokémon Colosseum/XD: Gale of Darkness)
|Same image, too! Either I'm lazy or I procrastinatedé|
5. Castle Bleck (Super Paper Mario)
|There is no dark side of the void. As a matter of fact,|
it's all dark. Especially this castle that looks oddly
white at the moment.
4. The Distortion World (Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum)
|I don't know what happened. I was taking a|
stroll in the mountain, and now, I can walk
3. Moonside (EarthBound) / Tanetane Island (MOTHER 3)
Ah yes, can’t make a list about scary stuff without going back to the MOTHER series. For such a deconstruction of RPGs, these three games sure have a lot of horrifying moments. I set Moonside and Tanetane Island together because they’re a similar concept: Ending up in an illusory world. In the case of Moonside, it’s Fourside turned into a bizarre dark world by the Mani Mani Statue, which also has the power to call forth the evil in people. Moonside is mostly black with strange neon-colored buildings and its inhabitants are incoherent at best, insane at worst. They might mistake “Yes” for “No” and vice-versa, or they might make bizarre references to Life Points and other RPG elements that the heroes can’t understand.
|Imagine that every person here is someone|
you know, they all want to kill you, and none
of them are the real deal - but you don't
know that, and you think they are.
“I'm gonna beat you. Daddy's gonna beat you, boy.”
the hot spring they bathe in turns out to be a pool of toxic waste, with a mirror nearby being the entrance to the actual hot spring. Monsters they meet on the way are twisted even further. It’s a terrifying place. And just another good reason never to do drugs. (Then again, since the party winds up with no items when they crash on the island, it’s practically impossible to move forward without eating the damn mushrooms… That’s devilish.)
2. Jabu Jabu’s Belly (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
|This is NOT what I think of when I hear the words|
Before we get to #1, here are other locations that were considered for this list:
The Ruined Zoo (Earthbound and Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Planet Phaaze (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)
Creepy Castle (Donkey Kong 64)
Kremkroc Industries (Donkey Kong Country)
Koholint Island (The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening)
Shadow Temple (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
Desert Resort (Pokémon Black/White)
Old Chateau (Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum)
Out Of This Dimension (StarFox)
World 8 (Super Mario Bros. 3)
Sammer Kingdom, once it's been engulfed by the Void (Super Paper Mario)
Treacherous Mansion (Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon)
1. Ravaged Skyworld (Kid Icarus: Uprising)
|If it looks like one of the tamer places on this list...|
well, remember that this used to be Pit's homeworld.
The implications are what makes this place.
Alright then, I think this covers it all. If there are other locations in Nintendo series that really scared you, feel free to share them! As for me, I see we’re coming closer to Halloween, and even if I can’t write a story this year, I still want to do something. Probably a Halloween-themed review… Hm… That wasn’t part of the plans, but I think I will be reviewing another Steam title.
And not any title, either: Dead By Daylight. Time for some good old slasher action. See ya then!