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Feature: The Spooky Denizens of the World of Nintendo

Posted by Brad Long

We run down the scariest of scaries the Big N has cooked up

We here at Nintendo Life love Halloween. Despite the fact it was originally a time when the dead were believed to cause sickness to the living and damage their crops, but nowadays it's just a good excuse to gorge ourselves on delicious, delicious candy.

As part of our All Hallows’ Eve celebrations, we take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the spookier inhabitants of Nintendo World and see how they sent a chill down our spine, kicked dirt in our faces and stole all our candy.

Let's begin with the self-proclaimed “Czar of Halloween" - Jack! He made his first appearance in Animal Crossing on the Gamecube, playing tricks on the new residents in town, specifically: YOU.

Jack loves candy; apparently he loves it so much that he’ll give you expensive furniture for it instead of paying the low cost at his local Nookington’s. And if you don’t have candy, say goodbye to that brand new silk tuxedo you just bought from GracieGrace, as he’ll turn whatever you’re wearing into something he fashioned from old tea towels, laugh at your misfortune, and simply disappear. Scary? Yes! Also kind of a turd.

Next up are the bat-like creatures from the Legend of Zelda series called Keese. They made their first appearance in the original NES Legend of Zelda, and apart from The Adventure of Link, have been a staple in every Zelda game since, mostly occupying the dungeon areas.

Keese may not look like much, but you should know they're hardcore. No, really! Sure, they get destroyed with only one hit from the lamest of swords, but no other creature known to man can fly around while burning (or frozen) without flinching, acting as if being on fire is just a daily routine for them. Clearly climate change will not affect these guys any time soon!

We’ve got a Jack-o-Lantern and a bat so far, two essential Halloween staples, so let's move on to the witch of the Nintendo World: Kammy Koopa. Kammy made her first appearance in Paper Mario on the Nintendo 64. Much like Kamek, who looked after Baby Bowser, Kammy looks out for and is the advisor of King Bowser. And also much like Kamek, Kammy does her best to strengthen Bowser to unbeatable proportions, only for her plans to constantly fail. Seriously, if Bowser’s advisor believes that Mario is scared of Volt Shrooms and Milkshakes, then Bowser should really look outside of the turtle realm to find someone who has half a brain.

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without ghosts, and it wouldn’t be Halloween without scary ghosts! Unfortunately though, Boos aren’t scary: in fact, they’re scared of you. They are the ultimate cheap shot artists, only keen to attack you if you’re not paying attention.

Though we have to admit, there IS one thing that they have done that sent chills down our spine... their famous quote from Super Mario 64. “Ghosts......don't......DIE! Heh, heh, heh! Can you get out of here... ..alive?”. Chances are that you did get out of there alive and perfectly fine, and probably seven times in total to collect each star, but it was very creepy nonetheless. That merry-go-round music still haunts us to this day!

The Stalfos Knight, representing the skeleton here for Halloween! Stalfos have been in every single Zelda game to date, including the Game and Watch. Not even the Keese can lay claim to being such a persistent foe! These guys really hate bombs, and I mean really hate. Most things can take a bomb or two in the Zelda universe, but these guys just crumble in the explosion. As some of the most fearsome looking denizens of Hyrule, their toughness has ranged from taking one hit and dying, to using their own limbs as weapons until you can finally hit that final blow, why they range so greatly in power between games can only be known by Shiggy and his secret time-line.

Hello ladies! Check out those abs, those biceps, the moody emo stare you lot seem to clamor for these days, and of course those matching red boots and underwear! It's The Devil himself! He was made famous by the bible, but this incarnate, looking like a modern day Bob Backlund, made his first appearance in Devil World on the NES. Probably the most (ie: only) controversial character that Shigeru Miyamoto ever devised, being totally banned in North America until Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released last year.

His special power isn't breathing fire, tricking people or torturing sinners. No, he likes to dance and point a lot. But watch out when he points, his minions will move the maze you are in, making life difficult for you, oh dear!

The next few we’ve hand-picked may not represent a classic Halloween creature, but that doesn't mean they aren't fittingly spooky.

Mike Tyson, who made his video game debut in the ultra-awesome Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!. His representation in 8-bit is like a glimpse back into his glory days, when he was the undisputed champion, holding 3 major titles at the same time. These days, if you were to pit Punch-Out!!'s Mike Tyson against the real Mike Tyson, 8-Bit would win hands down. The real Mike simply wouldn't be able to figure out his pattern fast enough.

So come on kids! Take this image and blow it up to A4 size, then go trick or treating as the creepiest looking 8-bit character known to man. The locals around your area will probably load your bags up with candy, just in case the freak just appeared on their doorstop decided they'd like an ear instead.

We could just ask you to cast your eyes over to the picture of the Happy Mask Salesman and tell you "'nuff said!", but there is indeed more to be said! The Happy Mask salesman made his debut in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but where he REALLY made his mark was in Majora's Mask. Possibly the most unnerving character in a Nintendo game, and for someone who's called the 'Happy' Mask Salesman, has some pretty brutal masks on his backpack. Just look at the one behind his head, he looks just as scared as we are of this guy!

If you ever run into this guy, make sure you have his money, or the evilness that pours out of that face of his will haunt your dreams for years!

And of course we can't finish off a Halloween special on Nintendo characters without a look at the man who just loves to dress up, Mario! Mario has been dressing up as different animals and inanimate objects since Super Mario Bros. 3 where he donned the famous Raccoon Suit. Usually, Mario really goes all out with his costumes, with Frog, Bee and Boo suits among his best. Sometimes though, he just doesn't even try, like his Rabbit getup where he just stuck two rabbit ears to his hat and thought, "yep, I'm a rabbit now."

Overall, very few can look past Mario as an inspiration for their Halloween costumes, and Platinum Club Nintendo members who ordered the Mario Hat will be just one step closer to looking like the man who introduced a great percentage of us to video games in the first place.

So there we have it folks, we've just covered some of the spookiest, scariest, or downright strangest characters to grace our living rooms. Who do you consider to be a downright creepy character? Please, we encourage you to let it be known in the comments section below! From the gang here at Nintendo Life, we wish you the scariest Halloween possible!

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User Comments (34)



Noire said:

lulz at Mike Tyson being one of the scariest people in Nintendo history. Excellent choice with that one.



WolfRamHeart said:

Very cool article but how is Tingle not on this list? That guy could give even Mike Tyson the creeps!



Roebuck said:

Ooh The Happy Mask Salesman! I remember him being "unnerving" as well. Kind of surprised nothing from Castlevania or Resident Evil made the list.



rhythmheavenfan said:

Mike Tyson's picture IS really scary! But in my opinion, nothing in a videogame is as scary as Wario stuffing himself with garlic!! It's so scary that I'm almost about to scream thinking about it:)!!!



Ravage said:

Don't forget all those great fairies in Zelda. Especially OoT and Windwaker. OoT ones had that horrible laugh though.



James said:

Great article, Brad! We tried to go with some rather unexpected characters with this one, hence why there's no Tyrant, Dracula etc.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Another Devil World reference...thanks a lot...fume fume mutter mutter...

How could you leave Mother Brain off this list? SHE'S A FREAKING BRAIN! Especially scary at the FINAL final battle of Super Metroid.



Sneaker13 said:

Boos rock. I'm surprised there is no Wario on the list. I remember a Vampire Bat Wario, Vampire Wario and even a Zombie Wario in the Wario Land games on the handhelds.



Raylax said:

What, no Tingle?

Give us a full Racoon Mario bodysuit through Club Nintendo and I'll go trick-or-treating in it. Better if I can turn into a soul-less, dead, staring statue just before someone opens the door.



FATEM said:

Skull-kid while possesed in Majora's mask was freaky as. But nowhere near as freaky as that final bit before the final boss battle with the field. I don't know why but after the moon crashing down those kids in the field gave me the creeps.



Chunky_Droid said:

Thanks for the feedback guys! I really enjoyed writing this

And as for your suggestions, I may incorporate them next year mayhap?

And thanks Phoenix, couldn't leave dear old Mike out of this one!



Stuffgamer1 said:

@chunky_droid: Oh, you wrote this? I don't have all the writer name/screen name combos down yet. I guess that explains the Devil World reference, then. I do request you stop bringing it up, though...I'm jealous enough already.



Sean_Aaron said:

What a nice feature this was. You can blame me for the Devil World reference Stuffgamer1, sorry! It is a nice game though...



Fly_Guy said:

This article is great! We should have more features like this on nintendolife!



Egg_miester said:

stupid americans banning poopoo that deals with religion so easy poor devil got kick out of brawl



Stuffgamer1 said:

Exactly right, Egg miester. There's really no excuse that we STILL don't have Devil World as an import game after the releases of Brawl and PiCTOBiTS. And for some odd reason, both of those games claim that Devil World is Japan Only, even though it was released in Europe. WTF?!?



StarBoy91 said:

@Stuffgamer - And yet, Nintendo releases Kid Icarus and Zelda 2 everywhere with those crosses intact. Strange... is Bunny Mario scary? Also, MIKE TYSON!!!



Chunky_Droid said:

@Starboy: Not Bunny Mario in particular if you read his bit, I entered him because he loves to dress up .

@Stuff: I don't know if you realise but I have a US Wii so I can't get Devil World either



WolfRamHeart said:

I think that Ashley from WarioWare deserves to be on this list too. Her theme song always reminded me of something out of The Nightmare Before Christmas.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@chunky_droid: I'd forgotten about that, actually. A real shame, that. COME ON, NINTENDO OF AMERICA!

@WolfRamHeart: Have you ever tried spinning the record from WarioWare Touched! as fast as you can? Now THAT'S scary...Shudders at the thought.



Chunky_Droid said:

@sean: I curse Nintendo of Australia DAILY. It's part of my morning routine

Time to file a letter of complaint to Nintendo of America, courtesy of chunky_droid and Stuffgamer1. DEVIL WORLD! DO WANT!



bro2dragons said:

NO REDEADS!?! those are the only nintendo characters that ever gave me nightmares. the ones in ocarina of time still scare the mess outta me. they were the reason i never finished the spirit dungeon as a kid. creepy!



Giygas is the creepiest Nintendo boss, obviously.



StarDust4Ever said:

I think some of the bizzare transformations that Wario went through in Wario Land II & III were the best. Vampire Wario, Bat Wario, Zombie Wario... Not to mention the other gazillions of status effects Wario could go through.

The Pumpkin Goombas on Mario Galaxy's Ghostly Galaxy made the best Halloween themed Mariio enemies by far. As big a fan I am of Goomba stomping, Punpkins are twice the fun!!!

BTW, I donned my Platinum Rewards Mario Hat to the Halloween dance, along with a red shirt asnd overalls, curtesy of my local Goodwill (charity) store. Mario & Luigi are probably among the easiest Video Game chararacters to cosplay.

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