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mZuzek said:

Seriously, what is that?!!

What happens to Crocomire in Super Metroid:



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Jumpin said:
CaptainExplosion said:

Usually creatures in the Xenoblade Chronicles games have names. Do you remember what they were called?

Good call! And I found out that I was exaggerating! There was only one of 'em.

I knew as soon as I read your post what you were talking about: the Cliffside Bayern. That thing scared the ever loving shit out me the first time I ran to edge of that cliff, that it was one of the few moments in gaming where I immediately paused the game, turned it off, and didn't fire up the game for hours/days afterward.

I'm not an outrageous arachnaphobe, but I am when they are the size of a dump truck. If you didn't go find this clip, I would have for you. I remember opening a thread on GameFAQs asking for spoilers on all appearances of large spiders in this game afterward. :p

Also, you aren't totally wrong about the part where TWO of these things come at you at once: in Satorl Marsh, there is a spot on top of a  building where you can trigger a fight against two unique monsters at the same time that are essentially the same thing as that big nasty bastard. Again, it took me days and many, many spoiler videos to work up the nerve to work up the nerve to do that fight.

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Eh, Metroid doesn't count. Those games have a heavy atmosphere and are filled with disturbing moments, you can't really say it's "unexpected".



Then what about Luigi's Mansion?



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mZuzek said:
Eh, Metroid doesn't count. Those games have a heavy atmosphere and are filled with disturbing moments, you can't really say it's "unexpected".

What about Star Fox? I really wanted to find a GIF of when you first fly into his darkened arena, right into his laughing face, but this will have to do.



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River Twygz Bed in Super Paper Mario is kinda creepy too.

It plays when you get to the bottom of a river, if I'm not mistaken.



Blizetta being corrupted in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.



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Bofferbrauer2 said:

Nintendo is the Grandmaster of surprise creepy. Just think about it for a while:

Splatoon and Pikmin: In both cases in the backstory, humanity drove itself to extinction. Additionally, Pikmin has several enemies which qualify, such as the Waterwraith.

Splatoon 2 has the Octo expansion where

Spoiler!
you almost get pureed in a Blender. That wouldn't be so bad unless you keep in mind that you're the first in over 10.000 individuals who escaped. Quite a creepy analogy to the holocaust.

Kirby: Has quite some real Eldritch abomination bosses.

Mario Galaxy 2:

Spoiler!
All for nothing, the whole Mario Galaxy gets swallowed by a massive black hole - and anything alive on them with it

Super Paper Mario:

Spoiler!
Mario is too late, one World gets completely destroyed, leaving just a white landscape of nothingness

; Mimi's transformation sequence; some parts of the Underwhere can be this; Count Bleck's castle and the final boss; also Mimi's extortion house if you think about it, after all what she's doing is basically put everybody into slavery.

Mario Strikers Charged!: As the backstory details, the games got so violent that everybody (except Boo) needs to wear heavy armor and the supportes kept behind an electrified energy field. Playing with a metal soccer ball doesn't help, either. Also has quite some post-apocalyptic vibe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBinxNwAN5s

The whole plot of Majora's Mask

Earthbound becomes more and more of a mind screw the further you are in the game. And then comes the final boss fight...

But since we are talking about Yoshi in the OP: Just think about the backstory and the implications of Yoshi's Woolly World: Kamek transforms all the Yoshis into Wool to weave them into a super comfy castle for baby Bowser. Bowsers Castle being made out of Yoshis, just let that sink in!

Edit: Here's Mimi's transformation sequence in Super Paper Mario. Has quite an Exorcist vibe:

Pikmin in general, actually. Waterwraith scared the piss out of me the first time I played, definitely the worst enemy. And yes, the whole obvious allusions to humanity's extinction is unsettling. But do you remember the premise of Pikmin 1? That you would suffocate to death if you didn't escape in time? Do you remember

Spoiler!
that there was an ending to the game that showed that happening? I mean it doesn't show the actual suffocation, but it does show the Pikmin dragging your corpse to the Onion to convert you to food. Except instead it turns you into a Pikmin, and there's no one to pick you, so you just sit there as a plant that can think and feel. So they tried to eat you, but instead put you into an "I have no mouth but I must scream" scenario.

That game is not afraid of death. All those little Pikmin dying horribly, eaten alive, electrocuted, burnt to a crisp, drowned, choking on poison, etc. and their sad little souls just float away looking betrayed. Then there's the final boss of Pikmin 2 where it's implied that

Spoiler!
Louie was fine the whole time somehow, regardless of how long you took to find him, and had hijacked the final boss' brain and was therefore the one in control of the final boss when it attacked you.

For Kirby, I'd say Marx had to be the creepiest, and Ultimate expanded on him wonderfully adding lots of creepy but totally in character attacks.

For Paper Mario, Mimi definitely deserves mention, but TTYD also gets super dark at times, like when Mario

Spoiler!
gets erased from existence by a doppleganger monster that steals your looks, turns you into a literal shadow, takes everyone's memories of you, even takes your ability to say your name, totally erasing your existence.

Or that time

Spoiler!
when a dragon eats most of the audience to heal itself. There were Toads in that audience.

Or how about when Princess Peach

Spoiler!
is possessed by a demon and attacks you by dragging you into the earth with the undead hands of lost souls, and then consumes the souls of the audience for nourishment?

In that same scene,

Spoiler!
the demon offers you to become her slave, and if you accept, you get a bad ending in which the demon takes over the planet enslaving everyone.

And then Earthbound is a whole other level of mindfuck at the end. Nothing Nintendo has ever done can touch whatever the fuck that was.



HylianSwordsman said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

Nintendo is the Grandmaster of surprise creepy. Just think about it for a while:

Splatoon and Pikmin: In both cases in the backstory, humanity drove itself to extinction. Additionally, Pikmin has several enemies which qualify, such as the Waterwraith.

Splatoon 2 has the Octo expansion where

Spoiler!
you almost get pureed in a Blender. That wouldn't be so bad unless you keep in mind that you're the first in over 10.000 individuals who escaped. Quite a creepy analogy to the holocaust.

Kirby: Has quite some real Eldritch abomination bosses.

Mario Galaxy 2:

Spoiler!
All for nothing, the whole Mario Galaxy gets swallowed by a massive black hole - and anything alive on them with it

Super Paper Mario:

Spoiler!
Mario is too late, one World gets completely destroyed, leaving just a white landscape of nothingness

; Mimi's transformation sequence; some parts of the Underwhere can be this; Count Bleck's castle and the final boss; also Mimi's extortion house if you think about it, after all what she's doing is basically put everybody into slavery.

Mario Strikers Charged!: As the backstory details, the games got so violent that everybody (except Boo) needs to wear heavy armor and the supportes kept behind an electrified energy field. Playing with a metal soccer ball doesn't help, either. Also has quite some post-apocalyptic vibe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBinxNwAN5s

The whole plot of Majora's Mask

Earthbound becomes more and more of a mind screw the further you are in the game. And then comes the final boss fight...

But since we are talking about Yoshi in the OP: Just think about the backstory and the implications of Yoshi's Woolly World: Kamek transforms all the Yoshis into Wool to weave them into a super comfy castle for baby Bowser. Bowsers Castle being made out of Yoshis, just let that sink in!

Edit: Here's Mimi's transformation sequence in Super Paper Mario. Has quite an Exorcist vibe:

Pikmin in general, actually. Waterwraith scared the piss out of me the first time I played, definitely the worst enemy. And yes, the whole obvious allusions to humanity's extinction is unsettling. But do you remember the premise of Pikmin 1? That you would suffocate to death if you didn't escape in time? Do you remember

Spoiler!
that there was an ending to the game that showed that happening? I mean it doesn't show the actual suffocation, but it does show the Pikmin dragging your corpse to the Onion to convert you to food. Except instead it turns you into a Pikmin, and there's no one to pick you, so you just sit there as a plant that can think and feel. So they tried to eat you, but instead put you into an "I have no mouth but I must scream" scenario.

That game is not afraid of death. All those little Pikmin dying horribly, eaten alive, electrocuted, burnt to a crisp, drowned, choking on poison, etc. and their sad little souls just float away looking betrayed. Then there's the final boss of Pikmin 2 where it's implied that

Spoiler!
Louie was fine the whole time somehow, regardless of how long you took to find him, and had hijacked the final boss' brain and was therefore the one in control of the final boss when it attacked you.

For Kirby, I'd say Marx had to be the creepiest, and Ultimate expanded on him wonderfully adding lots of creepy but totally in character attacks.

For Paper Mario, Mimi definitely deserves mention, but TTYD also gets super dark at times, like when Mario

Spoiler!
gets erased from existence by a doppleganger monster that steals your looks, turns you into a literal shadow, takes everyone's memories of you, even takes your ability to say your name, totally erasing your existence.

Or that time

Spoiler!
when a dragon eats most of the audience to heal itself. There were Toads in that audience.

Or how about when Princess Peach

Spoiler!
is possessed by a demon and attacks you by dragging you into the earth with the undead hands of lost souls, and then consumes the souls of the audience for nourishment?

In that same scene,

Spoiler!
the demon offers you to become her slave, and if you accept, you get a bad ending in which the demon takes over the planet enslaving everyone.

And then Earthbound is a whole other level of mindfuck at the end. Nothing Nintendo has ever done can touch whatever the fuck that was.

Not even Eternal Darkness? And that game was EXPECTED to be scary. The games you mentioned were for kids, yet all that horrible stuff was slipped in.

So much for Rated E.

You thought Majora's Mask was the last Zelda game to have a nightmarish moon? Look at this:



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CaptainExplosion said:

Not even Eternal Darkness? And that game was EXPECTED to be scary. The games you mentioned were for kids, yet all that horrible stuff was slipped in.

Not even Eternal Darkness, though that deserves honorable mention for its sanity effects. Yeah, it's a rated M game, but it did some stuff that could be included in a game of any rating and still scare the shit out of any gamer like

Spoiler!
suddenly display a blue screen of death, or tell a player that their saves were deleted, just to fuck with them.

But yeah Earthbound's ending is very WTF. It not so much terrifying as it is deeply unsettling. Earthbound is already a game filled to the brim with weirdness but the ending blows the rest of the game out of the water in that respect.