It's the scariest night of the year, mainly due to strange children knocking on the door and demanding sweets in exchange for showing you their creepy outfits; if you don't have candy to give, the consequences can be dire.
Of course, that's not really scary, but it's the time of year when ghosts, ghouls, zombies and reality TV stars creep around in the dark — maybe we're the only ones scared of the latter, to be fair. Rather than venture outside to be terrified, the best option may be to stay indoors, turn out the lights and play some frightening games. Or, in some cases with Nintendo, extremely cute games with adorable outfits.
We know many of you will have plans for trick-or-treating, parties or perhaps a night in with the best games you can find. Some of us are going for the latter, or fitting in some 3DS gaming on the go, so below is what some of the Nintendo Life team will be getting up to this Halloween.
When not fending off kids with unhealthy snacks, I may finally try to beat ZombiU's finale, as I've been too much of a coward so far; also on Wii U I'll have a look at some of the best community efforts in Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones — it's a fabulous game, has fun outfits and lots of blood when you die, which is all appropriate. On the 3DS I may jump into the awesome Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the occasion, though will probably just end up playing Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS instead; actually, I'm sure my Mii could try out some of the outfits I've been unlocking...
I got back on the Animal Crossing train at the worst possible time because Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros. 3DS, Hyrule Warriors DLC, and Diablo 3 are all competing for my attention. I'm going to pop in and see what Jack the Czar of Halloween wants me to do, and then I'll probably whack him with a shovel and steal his candy.
I play a lot on public transit, so I'll get my AC:NL fix to and from work. But when I'm at home, it's gonna be all about Bayonetta 2. I've waited five years for this game and it has not disappointed. While it's technically more of a Christmas game, there's witches and stuff, so that counts for something, right? Right?
This Halloween weekend I'll be avoiding scary games as best I can. Even as an adult I'm still scared to force my way through any game with eerie silences and long corridors. I will, however, spend my weekend playing and reviewing the very frightening, very chilling, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 on 3DS. All right, it's not scary at all, but there are ghosts in it. Rather like Jon I'm hoping that'll count for something.
I'm always a big fan of seasonal gaming - I check in on my Animal Crossing: New Leaf town at every holiday, load up Style Savvy: Trendsetters each time the seasons change, and still break out Christmas NiGHTS every year - but this year marks the first time I've ever thought of playing something special for Halloween. I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to survival horror games - the obvious choice - but this year, I steeled myself and was all ready to pick up Resident Evil: Revelations on Wii U for some suitably scary entertainment.
Then, something unexpected happened: I popped the Wii U release of Bayonetta into my system last week, and after the first chapter realized I'd found my perfect Hallows' Eve experience. It may not be jump-out-of-your-seat scary, but it's campy, creepy, silly, and sexy all at once, and I'm utterly smitten. I might try the Jill sandwich and tank controls combo come next year, but for now I'm having way too much fun Witch Timing around the world as Nintendo's newest leading lady. And the best part is, when it's all over, I'll have a whole new adventure to enjoy in Bayonetta 2 - coupled with lots of left-over candy, that should keep the Halloween spirit strong for weeks!
This time each year I volunteer at Youmacon, an anime convention in Detroit, Michigan. It's a StreetPass heaven, and there's a room filled with arcade cabinets and systems of all types open 24 hours. I'll definitely be getting some gaming in between my shifts and movie-riffing panels, but this year I have one ultimate Halloween goal: fight against someone in Smash Bros. who's dressed as their character. It can totally happen.
Super Castlevania IV is calling me this year, after its very timely release on the Wii U eShop last Halloween. It's one of those classics that just never gets old, and with so many references and tributes to monster icons, it's going to set the mood perfectly. I never actually owned a Super Nintendo growing up, so this was something I used to seethe over not owning when I saw it at friends' houses. That whip action blew my mind.
I would consider visiting my town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf for some Halloween fun, but since I left that place almost a year ago I can't imagine there'd be very much to celebrate any more. In fact it might actually be even scarier now, with all those unfamiliar faces, the ruined landscape... I've created my own ghost town.
Lots of Pokémon X & Y too, which is practically Halloween-themed with all of its creepy pumpkin and haunted-stump Pokémon. The recent reveal of some amazingly creepy art from Junji Ito has me in the mood for ghost types!
Although Halloween isn’t traditionally celebrated here in Australia, I’ve always found myself embracing the spooky season on the gaming front. Normally I’ll play whatever celebrates the festivity, and this year, Tomodachi Life with a blend of Animal Crossing: New Leaf should be enough to satisfy my hunger...hunger for blood!
I’ve even changed my 3DS HOME Menu theme to the free black cat. It’s actually my favourite theme so far, with some playfully frightening music, and eyes that follow my on-screen movements about. And if all that’s still not enough to satisfy my cravings, I’ll probably boot-up Bayonetta 2 after dark, and unleash hell on an army of enemies with my array of wicked witch demon summons.
This Halloween I have to leave my abode and head back to my hometown for a wedding, which for me is usually frightening enough. This means I’ll have to ditch Bayonetta for the weekend and depend on my trusty 3DS to see me through. Fortunately I've yet to find every Boo in Luigi’s Mansion 2, and I suppose upping my ranking on certain levels couldn't hurt either. This time last year I’d have been playing Animal Crossing and collecting all the Halloween furniture. However, I’ve not visited in a while and the thought of those frosty receptions from my fellow villagers might just be enough to scare me off for a little while longer.
Those are some of our plans. Let us know what you'll be up to this Halloween in the comments below.
I ain't treating, I'm doing the oppisite......................................!
So none of you are going to dress up and go trick or treating? That's a damn shame and it better not be that lame excuse that you're too old! Bah!You're never to old to go trick or treating.
@mariovslink62 It ain't trickin if ya got it!
@midnafanboy "You're never to old to go trick or treating."
Yeah you are. It's called high school. During your high school years, if you're showing up at my door looking for candy you better just turn around now.
@gatorboi352 You must be a sad old man, if you're saying that.Or someone that hates watching people have fun.
Speaking of this, it's been a very long time since we last saw WGAYPTW (what games are you playing this weekend).
I'll be playing Smash and lotsa Fire Emblem Awakening. I don't think I've ever been as attached to a game as I am with Awakening.
@midnafanboy I dunno, what do you suppose a middle aged or elderly individual would think if, say, a college aged teenager or adult came trick or treating?
Well, I wouldn't want to be the one to find out at least...
It will be all Bayonetta for me! Though we just picked up Fortune Street as well so my wife and I are having a blast with that one. There's a ghost ship so that counts, right?
I'm finding myself checking on my ACNL town less and less, so I think I'll boot that up for the night.
I'd love to have that Luigi Death Stare Pumpkin.
I have a Halloween tradition of playing the Resident Evil remake. And I recently stumbled across a sealed copy of the Wii Archives version so I won't even have to fire up the ol' GameCube this year. I also found Silent Hill: Shattered Memories that same day and I haven't played it at all yet, so it might get some time this evening as well.
I'll be sitting in my apartment, happy that no little rugrats, or kids who are too old to go trick or treating, can knock on my door, rocking Bayonetta 2. When the Gamepad is about dead, I'll grind for a few levels in Bravely Default, so I can power through the endgame.
Shoutouts to Diablo 3 . Need to play that again tonight. Gonna watch a bunch of Nostaligia Critic and AVGN Halloween reviews, ending the night with MH3U and Smash. I need more horror games... :/
For proper scares on the Wii: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/10/20/disney-princess-my-fairytale-adventure/
Playing Ghost Trick again and I forgot how brilliant it is.
I'm going to playthrough all of Luigi's Mansion for the 'Cube, because it does a far better job at scaring the user than Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon. And maybe some FNAF in bed.
Lots of Bayonetta and Fantasy Life for me
Just realized the pumpkin is the death stare
@ZenTurtle This is scarier: http://www.ign.com/games/imagine-party-babyz/wii-14254709
SMASH!!!!!! Of course
I tried playing some Lone Survivor last night...lasted 5 minutes lol I'm such a wimp!
Ah man that Halloween banner is really cool... Nintendo Death lol I like it.
Anyways I getta stay home and work on an essay, and after that since all my 'friends' don't wanna do anything with me tonight, I will watch tv
I just started playing Smash Bros. Brawl. I'm a late Wii owner, so I'm catching up with older games. Aside from gaming, I'm watching Dragon Ball again. Great anime, it never gets old (just watched the second Tenkaichi Budoukai).
VVVVVVV and SSB for me..
People do realize trick or treating past the age of 18 In many cities is illegal right? It's suspicious unless your with your kids or something.
I'll be going to a gaming tavern called AFK with a few buddies. Not much else I can do. Probably play smash waiting for food.
1. @RedKnightXIII A gaming tavern? That's a thing? Sweet!!
2. Had I owned Five nights at Freddy's I'd had played that
I played lone survivor. It is a pretty creepy game.
@MrMario02 lol yup its a thing. Had Pennine cuccos last time I was there xD
might go for a orc burger this time.
@RedKnightXIII Do they serve Portabella 1-UP mushrooms and Phoenix Down?
@MrMario02 they have phoenix downs but haven't seen 1 up mushroom, their menu changes a lot lol I'll have to post pics on twitter
Come to think of it, I may just fire up the first Luigi's Mansion and maybe Mutant Mudds's ghost levels!
Could you write an article about Sudomemo?
@Giygas_95 I last trick or treated when I was 22, and while I haven't been since, nobody even batted an eye. In fact, I was with a group of friends around the same age. No one cared. In areas that get a lot of trick or treaters, so many kids go by that people don't really seem to pay attention. Though I don't know if maybe it was just the neighborhood we were in.
The origin of Halloween actually is unrelated to the devil. In fact, the origin of trick or treating came out of a Catholic tradition on the adopted holiday of All Hallow's Eve, a celebration of the recently departed. This is coming from a fellow Christian, Halloween has become misunderstood by many Christian groups due to more recent secular obsessions of thing the occult with a holiday that originally had nothing to do with witchcraft, it was just about departed spirits, sort of like the Mexican Dias de los Muertos. Choosing non-occult related costumes (like video game characters for example) and participating in innocent activities is no worse than celebrating Christmas (as long as the Christmas isn't revolved around presents and Santa and consumerism), from a Christian point of view. In fact, I know quite a lot of churches that do parties for Halloween, they just keep away from some of the darker tendencies our culture has injected into the holiday.
Just got Bayonetta in the mail today. My Halloween night is complete.
@ShadJV Huh...well, glad to hear it. Around where I live though, I'm pretty sure you'd get some weird looks.
@RedKnightXIII Why don't you submit a small article, with pictures of nintendo-inspired food from it? NL should be interested, methink.
@andrea987 I would if it wasn't for the fact that it's just the names of the drinks and foods, they don't resemble anything of the names their given.
Example I got "dragonballs" sandwich and it just was a spicyish meatball sub with only 3 meatballs.
Or falcon punch drink was a watermelon flavored alcoholic beverage. Now if the drink was red and orange and was spicy I'd say I'd do it. But yeah sadly it's not as cool as it sounds.
I'm lucky, got two kid's so I got to dress up as Zombie MJ from Thriller & take them trick or treating, then on to a party at their aunts house! So no games for me unfortunately. My dad died last year & I was playing Luigis Mansion 2 at the time, haven't had the heart to play it since but I really should, such a fun game & I wasn't quite finished it, have fun all
I played a little Resident Evil (playstation) on my vita. I was actually surprised that something so old and dated looking was able to make me jump. The controls certainly take some getting used to. I'll continue playing it this weekend but only at night. Bwahaha.
I played The Last of Us for the first time, and will be playing Fallout 3 for the first time too.
I took a trip to Pumpkin Hill in SA2, and fought an annoying Ghost. I'm good.
@Knuckles That's my line!
I think I should be playing Guacamelee in hard mode. You know, it's Día de los Muertos around here. Unfortunately I left my Wii U at home while I visit my parents so I'll just be playing Sm4sh.
Final fantasy 6, DKC TF, and sonic 2.
@Iggly I'd rather have a donkey kong troll face one.
I must admit, my Halloween gaming session also resulted in me levelling my D3 Witch Doctor to level 70. The experience and gold boost really assisted the process.
@Knux Sorry. I''ll let you have SA2 next year.
Guess I'll play the most horrifying Sonic game of all time next Halloween, Sonic '06.
If I hadn't been demanding candy from strangers, I would've picked up Tomodachi Life and ACNL for some halloween fun Then I would've played a few rounds of Smash of me as (dark form) Link vs (dark form Kirby) vs Dark Pit vs dark form Toon Link?
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