In celebration of everybody's favourite autumnal holiday, let's get in the mood by remembering the moments from Nintendo games that scared the living daylights out of my young innocent gamer mind.
10. Chauncey (Luigi's Mansion)
Since it is also the Year of Luigi, why don't we kick off with a homage to Nintendo's spooky Mario spin-off Luigi's Mansion. The sequel is great, but to me there is something distinctly scarier about the original game. Luigi is essentially trying to rescue Mario from certain doom, navigating a haunted mansion while trying not to become one of the spectral residents. One such resident that really got to me was the boss Chauncey.
The lowdown: Chauncey is a one-year-old ghost baby with a vile temper. At first he seems to be a typical ghost guarding one room like all the others from his family. That is, until Luigi bonks him with a ball. Then he turns into this horrifying monstrosity that is a REAL pain to go up against with his flying horses and ear-murdering howl.
Seriously, what was that supposed to be? Nintendo just had to say: "No, this isn't quite it. Let's add some baby demon spawn. Yes, that's good. It's alright, this is a Mario game, we'll get away with anything if we say it's for the kids."
Be warned! There is a Pikmin 3 SPOILER on the next page!