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Best Nintendo Ghosts: Your Say

It's Halloween! Time for you to pick your favourite spooks from Nintendo games...

Happy Halloween! This time last year we celebrated the day by revealing our favourite ghosts in Nintendo history. It caused some debate, mainly because we didn't include any Pokemon! Now it's your turn to redress the balance. Over the past few weeks you've been voting for your favourite gaming ghosts and here are the results. No prizes for guessing who comes out on top!

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10. John Geist (Geist, GameCube)

This is a bit of a surprise! John Geist is the star of a GameCube adventure that was released towards the end of the console's life in 2005. It wasn't exactly showered with praise, either! Still, unlike most of the ghosts you've chosen, you actually get to play as the ghost in Geist. After a botched counter terrorist operation, Raimi was captured and had his soul torn from his body. Still, being a ghost has its advantages - Raimi can posses other humans, animals and ghosts. He didn't have a soul but he was soldier.

You say: "I thought Geist was a fantastic game, and the way the character of Raimi functioned was very clever." - Reecist

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9. Gengar (Pokémon series)

We didn't include any Pokémon in our list but you have had your say and Gengar is the first of three 'mon to make this top ten. As an ever present since Pokémon Red/Blue, it's not hard to see why. Gengar evolves from Haunter when traded and is the final form of Gastly. With its red eyes, spiky back and evil grin, he is a creepy creature and he likes to hide in the shadows.

You say: "It's all about style. He's definitely my favourite ghost Pokémon. Just look at his hair..." - KrikenKing

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8. King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)

You would have thought that the leader of the Boos would be higher up but then his identity did remain hidden until 2002 when he made his first appearance in Luigi's Mansion. Of course the mansion didn't belong to Luigi - King Boo created it and sent a letter to Mario's brother informing him that he had won it in a competition. Luigi sent Mario along to check it out but he was captured, leaving lanky brother to sort out the mess. Despite being the royal leader, King Boo isn't the biggest Boo. That would be Boolossus.

You say: "Loving Boos also means I love the Boo leader! Although, not as cute as Boos, he's still awesome in many ways. But more importantly...HE'S A BIG BOO!!!" - Cyberguy

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7. Haunter (Pokémon series)

Another veteran from Red/Blue, Haunter evolves from Gastly and can become Gengar when traded. Seeing as Haunter's hands aren't attached to its body it does have a bit more of a ghostly appearance than Gengar and with sharp purple teeth, it looks every bit as fearsome. The fact that it likes to hide in the shadows and stalk its victims just makes Haunter even more creepy. It gets worse, though - it is also said to eat people's dreams by going inside them and scaring them to death. Look for Haunter if you dare in a graveyard near you.

You say: "I've often included one in my party because they are strategically sound, but I've chosen it mainly because I love the episode Haunter versus Kadabra in the cartoon series." - Lady Gagagged

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6. Ghost Kirby (Kirby Squeak Squad)

It's hard to be scared by Ghost Kirby. After all, this is just a pink blob in ghost form. As you know, Kirby has the ability to copy his foe's abilities and in the DS game he can become a ghost. It's surprising that this ability has only appeared in the one game as it's so good. With this ability, Kirby can possess enemies to control them and use their abilities without getting hurt. It's not all-powerful though - he can't beat bosses as Ghost Kirby.

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  1. nintendo_guy Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 16:36

    Good order! :D

  2. Mr Resettio Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 16:39

    poor Jalhalla wasnt included :cry:

  3. catscan93 Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 16:46

    Lol, not a single character from Luigi's Mansion....

  4. tomutwit Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 16:47

    Bomb boos... are awesome.
    The TP Poe sidequest is awesome. Jovani is scarier than the actual Poes.

  5. KrikenKing Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 16:55

    Lol, not a single character from Luigi's Mansion....


    I thought King Boo was in Luigi's Mansion?

    And yay, Gengar made it in.

  6. Ai64 Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 17:27

    I knew boo would be no.1 because it's cute, shy and ghostly. It would not be a mario game without boo.

  7. Koopa 55 Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 18:27

    Where is Wrinkly Kong Tom?

  8. Random-Hero Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 18:28

    Drifblim is sexy, so a lack of that freaky ghost upsets me. =C

  9. layton lover Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 18:58

    This is a pretty decent list. For me King Boo should have been higher up as i adore Luigi's mansion.

    Also Butler from Luigi's mansion should have got at least 10th. He's packed full of charactor and he is pretty hilaurious.

  10. layton lover Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 19:13

    In PH (which i have completed) i did not see Poes.

    Was it the Cubus sisters that were Poes??

    Oh and surely their should have been a few Luigi's mansion ghosts. I love Luigi's mansion! It's my 3rd favourite geme ever after only my dear Layton games.

  11. python2000 Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 19:18

    i dont think you could make that list any better being honest but you didnt need gastly in there with both haunter and gengar holding the spots.
    Maybe Mario Boo should be in the list from galaxy!

  12. ibarnaby64 Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 19:35

    BS. That is all.

  13. yubel Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 19:38

    Big boo shouldve been set higher then the ordinary boo.
    Dosnt matter what games, matters how scary and cool they are.
    Saying that boo is shy and king boo is scarier.

  14. Koopa man Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 21:37

    Yay, I got quoted ^_^

    'Tis a good list overall. Well done, people.

  15. sciqueen Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 21:43

    The Boos from Super Mario Bros. 3 are scary :(

  16. Kirby8 Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 22:21

    BOO IS AWESOME!! He's one of my fave characters. Always pick him when I can, e.g. Mario Party.

  17. Cyberguy Saturday 31st Oct 2009 at 22:28

    Yay my comment got in!

    King Boo and the Boos are awesome.

  18. Lady Gagagged Sunday 1st Nov 2009 at 00:29

    Good list, but as Ghastly/Haunter/Gengar are essentially the same, just slightly evolved, which two other ghosts would have made the list if they had been classified as one entry? And would they have toppled Boo with their combined votes?

  19. chocfang Sunday 1st Nov 2009 at 09:07

    I can't believe they didn't include boo mario! Its the best Ghost in videogaming and the best character in videogaming history! What more could you want! BRRRRR you just reminded me of those chchchchoozzzo gggGghhost GARGHHHHHHH

  20. mariofan97 Sunday 1st Nov 2009 at 09:54

    boo was obviously going to be 1st place.he's brilliant!

  21. tomonm Sunday 1st Nov 2009 at 10:24

    Good list, but as Ghastly/Haunter/Gengar are essentially the same, just slightly evolved, which two other ghosts would have made the list if they had been classified as one entry? And would they have toppled Boo with their combined votes?

    If they'd been classified as one entry (which I don't think would be fair as they look different) they would have been higher in the list but wouldn't have toppled Boo. Boo got more than four times the amount of votes as anyone else.

    Other two ghosts - Jalhalla would have been 9th and there would have been a three-way tie for 10th with King Boom Boo, Kayo and Fado all getting the same amount of votes.

  22. neongiratina Sunday 1st Nov 2009 at 11:57

    Mine would have to be that Chicken Thing (oocoo?) In Zelda Twilight Princess

  23. seancuk23 Sunday 1st Nov 2009 at 12:15

    Its the Boo and the Poe of course!

  24. Koopa man Sunday 1st Nov 2009 at 15:05

    Mine would have to be that Chicken Thing (oocoo?) In Zelda Twilight Princess


    they're not ghosts, are they? :?

  25. Lady Gagagged Monday 2nd Nov 2009 at 01:45

    If they'd been classified as one entry (which I don't think would be fair as they look different) they would have been higher in the list but wouldn't have toppled Boo. Boo got more than four times the amount of votes as anyone else.

    Other two ghosts - Jalhalla would have been 9th and there would have been a three-way tie for 10th with King Boom Boo, Kayo and Fado all getting the same amount of votes.

    In game they can be the same character though, I did vote for my specific variety, so it wasn't a complaint. Just I wanted to know how it would have affected things. I'm OK with Boo winning, much more iconic to gamers than just the pokemon set.

  26. Red-Wolf Monday 2nd Nov 2009 at 10:25

    The Chozo Ghosts are the ultimate Nintendo ghosts to me. When I first faced them i actually paniced a bit. The music, the sound effects, the fact they kept dissapearing and reappearing, all of those factors added up to one of my most sweat indusing battles ever. Im also fond of the giant Poe boss in Wind Waker and Bogmire in Luigi's Mansion. Also Spiritomb and Lady Bow from Paper Mario are pretty awesome

  27. MetallicA-knight Tuesday 3rd Nov 2009 at 02:29

    Mine would have to be that Chicken Thing (oocoo?) In Zelda Twilight Princess


    I was going to rip into you, But your avatar made me lol!


    Still...

    *Facepalm* They are not ghosts

  28. LuigiEndo Tuesday 3rd Nov 2009 at 21:55

    BOO OWNED ALL!!!

  29. Light Yagami Wednesday 4th Nov 2009 at 13:36

    Did anyone at all vote for Vivienne? Or any ghosts in the Paper Mario series?

  30. Boo95 Friday 6th Nov 2009 at 19:22

    Awesome!! Boo ftw. :D

  31. coates01 Saturday 7th Nov 2009 at 17:49

    I`m happy Boo came 1st in the competition,but King Boo should have been in the top 2.Also I thought Boolosos should have been in the top 10 as well.

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