Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
The Nintendo 64 was a terrific console in the '90s, with many timeless classics that we love to play again on emulators or look back on fondly. Some of these games, though, had really creepy moments that might have scared us or even given us nightmares when we were children. Seriously, how did some of these monsters or scenes make it past the gatekeepers and in front of our innocent eyes?
Here are seven seriously creepy moments from some Nintendo 64 games. Since this is a list of games that are family-friendly, this article will not include anything from Resident Evil 2 or GoldenEye007.
7. “Get Out” (Donkey Kong 64)
Donkey Kong 64 was a fun adventure game featuring one of the most famous characters from the Super Mario series. Imagine you're happily running around collecting bananas and exploring new places when suddenly a timer starts counting down and a deep, menacing voice whispers, "Get out."
You know that paralysis demon that appears in your bedroom at night? Yeah, that's who they hired to voice this completely needless moment in an otherwise harmless game.
6. Blurp (Yoshi’s Story)
Yoshi's Story had an overall cute theme, from sweet music to the nice little Yoshis you can play to explore new worlds and eat fruit. Though there are many slightly creepy things about this game, including the fact that a Yoshi's life force correlates with his happiness (low life = depression) and the fact they're taken to a dark castle if they die, the flesh-eating fish, Blurp, spooked me the most as a kid.
Imagine swimming peacefully through some nice water in Jungle Puddle when an enormous, fat, flesh-eating fish just leaps out of the water. Being hit by one of these instantly kills you, making it even scarier.
5. The Eel (Super Mario 64)
The mysterious eel, Unagi, appears in the third level of Super Mario 64, Jolly Roger Bay. Most people who played this classic game probably remember this creepy fish.
Unagi is chilling in the water, apparently not doing anything. However, when you swim nearby for a closer look, he suddenly jumps out at you, trying to take a chunk out of poor Mario. If this didn't make you jump as a kid, you're much tougher than I am.
4. Wallmasters (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
Ocarina of Time is one of the best games for Nintendo 64 and is arguably one of the best of the entire Legend of Zelda series. Those who grew up with a 64 likely played this masterpiece and experienced some of the darker moments featured in it.
As well as the heavy hints that all of the sages are actually dead and more creepy Ocarina of Time details, included in this list are Wallmasters, which always freaked me out.
Wallmasters are invisible until they reveal themselves, creeping on the walls and ceilings to come and grab Link if he ventures into their territory. The shadow and horrifying sound effects only add to the terror. Forest Temple and Spirit Temple, I'm looking at you.
3. Snacker the Shark (Banjo-Kazooie)
Banjo-Kazooie is a fantastic adventure game by Rare. Many fans rejoiced when the iconic bear and bird duo joined the battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The game itself was a similar adventure to Super Mario 64—visit different worlds, collect items and save the girl. Though most of the game is happy and fun, there's a dark terror that lurks in Treasure Trove Cove and Rusty Bucket Bay worlds. I'm talking, of course, about Snacker.
This hungry shark just suddenly appears out of nowhere when you decide to take a swim at the harmless-looking beach. Suddenly music similar to Jaws starts and this toothy shark starts swimming towards you. If he catches you, he takes some of your life. Many kids around the world were likely spooked by this unexpected baddie.
2. Pamela’s Father (The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask)
No one can deny that Majora's Mask is probably one of the creepiest non-horror video games ever. With time travel, impending doom, creepy but beautiful music, and hints of people dying, being turned into monsters, or worse throughout the game, this Ocarina of Time sequel became an instant hit and is still well talked about today.
There are many freaky things in this game, but one that sticks out is Pamela's father. Pamela is a sweet little girl who just wants to protect her zombified father. His painful moaning, gaping mouth, and creepy eyes were quite spooky to witness. Thankfully, he can be quickly cured with the Song of Healing.
1. The Cave of Bad Dreams (Rayman 2: The Great Escape)
There were a lot of weird moments in the fantastic adventure game Rayman 2: The Great Escape. The Cave of Bad Dreams probably tops the list. In order to obtain the Elixer of Life for his friend Clark, Rayman has to venture through the Marshes of Awakening and into the Cave of Bad Dreams, also known as the Kingdom of the Dead.
As if the name itself isn't creepy enough, the cave is full of dead-looking creatures that attack Rayman, spooky music, and all-round weirdness that kept me on edge as a kid.
The final race has Jano, the guardian who takes you to the cave, chasing you down a sort of slide. His teeth, dripping with saliva, surround the screen as he tries to eat you before you can escape. What in the world, Nintendo?
Some Great Memories and Some Great Scares
The Nintendo 64 is a great console even now and gave us some of the best games in existence. As well as great memories, we got some scares along the way. Which moment on this list do you think is the creepiest?
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