Wednesday, 17 May 2023

What Horror Games Are On The Nintendo Wii? The Ultimate Buying Guide To Wii Horror Games!

The Nintendo Wii may not be the first console that comes to mind when you think of horror games, but it actually had its fair share of spooky and unsettling titles. From survival horror to rail shooters to psychological horror, there's something for every horror fan to enjoy. In no particular order, here's a list of all of the horror games available for the Nintendo Wii.


Calling (2010) Wii Cover Art

Calling is a horror game by Hudson that takes place in a mysterious realm called the "Mnemonic Abyss." You play as various characters who have been trapped in this creepy parallel dimension through an online chatroom, where they must solve puzzles, fight ghosts, and uncover the truth behind their confinement. This first person point-and-click-esque horror game takes great advantage of the Wii's hardware, featuring a very cool and immersive gameplay mechanic that turns your Wii Remote into a cell phone. The game will even send e-mails to your Wii as you progress. Really cool stuff! With a very spooky atmosphere and a compelling narrative, fans of J-Horror will find a lot to like in Calling. Highly recommended!

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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Silent Hill Shattered Memories Wii Cover Art

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is a reimagining of the original Silent Hill game, featuring updated graphics, a new storyline, and unique gameplay mechanics. You play as Harry Mason, who is searching for his missing daughter in the eerie town of Silent Hill, armed with only a flashlight that you control with the Wii Remote. The game has some great psychological horror elements, with the player's choices affecting the outcome of the story. A truly terrifying classic, this is one of the best horror games available for the Wii.

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Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 Wii Cover Art

Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror game that's not just one of the best games in the long-running Resident Evil franchise, but one of the best games of all time. You play as Leon S. Kennedy, on a mission to rescue the President's daughter from a mysterious cult in Europe. The game revolutionized the series and the entire gaming industry as a whole by shifting to an over-the-shoulder third person perspective, providing a more action-oriented gameplay style than previous games in the series. Capcom went above and beyond with this Wii port which is still to this day the best way to play Resident Evil 4 - combining the improved accuracy of the Wii remote for aiming, the extra content from the PlayStation 2 port, and the superior graphics of the GameCube original. A must-have for every Wii collection.

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Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil 0

Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil 0 Wii Cover Art

Resident Evil 0 is a port of the original Resident Evil prequel game that was first released for the Nintendo GameCube. The game follows the story of Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen, who are investigating a series of murders in the Arklay Mountains. With some still amazing-looking graphics and a new control scheme that takes advantage of the Wii Remote, this is a great horror title for the Wii that you'll want in your collection.

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Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil

Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil 1 Wii Cover Art

Capcom also brought us Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil, which is a complete remake of the original 1996 Resident Evil PlayStation game that originally appeared on the GameCube and was ported to the Nintendo Wii. You play as either Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield as they investigate a series of bizarre murders in the Spencer Mansion, which just so happens to be full of zombies. Featuring jaw-dropping updated graphics, all new areas and zombies, and the classic survival horror that made the series such a hit, this is one that you won't want to miss.

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Onechanbara Bikini Zombie Slayers Wii Cover Art

Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers is a hack-and-slash game that follows a group of scantily-clad female warriors who are fighting against hordes of zombies. The game features over-the-top action, a quirky storyline, lots of blood and gore, and hot babes in bikinis. With jiggle physics.... What more could you ask for from a game?

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Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop

Dead Rising Chop Til You Drop Wii Cover Art

Capcom ported their hugely popular Xbox 360 game Dead Rising to the Nintendo Wii and made it even better with  Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop. The game follows photojournalist Frank West as he attempts to survive a zombie apocalypse in a shopping mall and uncover the truth behind what the hell is going on. The Wii version is a from-the-ground-up remake based on the Resident Evil 4 engine for the Wii and features new weapons, new enemies, and a new control scheme that takes great advantage of the Wii Remote. Mowing down hordes of zombies in a mall a la Dawn of the Dead has never been so fun!

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Ju-on: The Grudge

Ju-on The Grudge Haunted House Simulator Wii Cover Art

Ju-on: The Grudge is a horror game based on the popular Japanese horror movie series of the same name. You play as various characters who are investigating a cursed house, where the spirits of those who have died in a fit of rage continue to haunt the living. This "haunted house simulator" features a creepy atmosphere, jump scares, and puzzle-solving. While some may be turned off by the game's slow pace, J-horror aficionados should be able to appreciate this interesting horror title.

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Obscure: The Aftermath

Obscure The Aftermath Wii Cover Art

Obscure: The Aftermath is a survival horror game that takes place in a high school that has been overrun by monsters. You play as a group of students, each with their own unique abilities, who are trying to escape the school and uncover the truth behind the outbreak. The game also features a unique co-op mode, where two players can work together to solve puzzles and fight off monsters. With strong 90's teen horror movie vibe, this is definitely one that you're going to want in your collection!

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Cursed Mountain

Cursed Mountain Wii Cover Art

Cursed Mountain is a survival horror game that takes place in the icy mountaintops of the Himalayas. You play as a mountaineer who is searching for his lost brother, who was last seen on a cursed mountain. This third-person horror adventure game features a spooky atmosphere, with ghosts and supernatural phenomena lurking around every corner, and a unique control scheme developed around the Wii Remote. A somewhat flawed but engaging horror experience, and one that was and still is exclusive to the Wii.

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Escape From Bug Island

Escape From Bug Island Wii Cover Art

Escape From Bug Island is a cheesy B-movie-inspired survival horror game that follows three characters who are stranded on an island infested with giant insects. While this isn't what I'd consider to be an especially good game, fans of B-grade horror game classics like Illbleed and Overblood are sure to find a lot to like here as Escape From Bug Island has a very similar vibe. It's a Wii exclusive as well!

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House of the Dead Overkill

House of the Dead Overkill Wii Cover Art

House of the Dead: Overkill is an all-new entry to the legendary rail shooter series House of the Dead. Made by the kings of the genre Sega, the game follows two agents, Isaac Washington and the OG Agent G as they investigate a series of brutal murders. Overkill features a grindhouse-style presentation that was definitely infulenced by the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez film by the same name, with its over-the-top violence and sexual innuendos. As per usual with the series, there's also an awesome couch co-op mode allows two players to shoot up hordes of zombies together.

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House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return

House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return Wii Cover Art

House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return is a compilation of two classic Sega arcade rail shooters - House of the Dead 2 and its sequel House of the Dead 3. With the Wii remote replacing the antiquated lightguns, this collection provides a much more accessible way to experience these two classic titles, and blast zombies on your couch with a buddy. Sega still does what Nintendon't!

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Dead Space: Extraction

Dead Space Extraction Wii Cover Art

Dead Space: Extraction is a story-heavy rail shooter that takes place in the Dead Space universe. You play as a group of survivors who are trying to escape from a mining colony that has been overrun by Necromorphs, horrific creatures that have been reanimated by a mysterious alien artifact. The game plays similarly to the House of the Dead games, but with a bit more depth and a much more story-driven approach. With an excellent narrative complete with actually good voice acting, Dead Space: Extraction is a must play for any horror fan with a Wii.

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Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

Resident Evil The Umbrella Chronicles Wii Cover Art

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is a rail shooter that revisits the events of Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Featuring great graphics, new enemy types, a high-tense atmosphere, and a co-op mode that allows two players to play through the game together, The Umbrella Chronicles is a rail shooter that actually manages to be scary - a must-play for every fan of Resident Evil.

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Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles Wii Cover Art

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is yet another rail shooter by Capcom, this time focusing on the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica chapters of the series. Everything that was said about The Umbrella Chronicles applies here as well, as this sequel is more of the same (and that's a good thing). Another fantastic horror rail shooter on the Wii.

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Alone In The Dark

Alone in the Dark Wii cover art

Atari rebooted the Alone in the Dark series yet again with this title that also appeared on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PC. Alone in the Dark is a survival horror game where you yet again play as paranormal investigator Edward Carnby as he investigates supernatural occurrences in New York City. Terrible story and voice acting await you in this unintentionally campy re-imaging of the classic horror franchise. It's a janky port of an already pretty jank game, but it's still worth checking out if you're at all a fan of horror games and also happen to own a Wii.

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Metroid Other M

Metroid Other M Wii cover art

Metroid: Other M is a third-person action-adventure game that follows series protagonist Samus Aran as she investigates an abandoned space station that has been infested by a mysterious alien species. While Metroid: Other M isn't really a true horror game, the atmosphere provided here is creepy enough that it made it on the list as an honorable mention. Fans of movies like the Alien franchise will certainly be able to dig the vibe here, and Metroid: Other M just so happens to be a pretty great action-platformer with some strong adventure elements as well. The game was met with mixed reviews when it initially came out, but it's certainly worth a look as an underrated title in Nintendo's classic Metroid franchise.

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Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse

Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse Wii cover art

Sadly, this one stayed in Japan, but I still had to mention Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse. The fourth entry in the popular survival horror series follows a group of four characters who are investigating a haunted island, and uses the Wii's motion controls to simulate using the Camera Obscura to fight and capture the ghosts that torment you throughout the game. While it never received an official English-language release on the Wii, there is a fan translation available which makes it fully playable in English on the console. It's also been remastered for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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Exploring all of the Super FX Chip Games on the Super Nintendo - What SNES Games Used the Super FX Chip?

During the 16-bit era, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System revolutionized gaming with its impressive library of titles. Among the many innovations that pushed the console's capabilities to new heights was the Super FX chip. Developed by Argonaut Software, this little chip empowered game developers to create immersive and visually stunning (for the time) 3D experiences. Without further ado, let's delve into the world of Super FX chip games on the Super Nintendo, highlighting the titles that left an indelible mark on gaming history.

Star Fox (Starwing)

Star Fox SNES Super Nintendo Box Art

Released in 1993, Star Fox (known as Starwing in Europe) was the first game to utilize the Super FX chip. Developed by Nintendo and Argonaut Software, this rail shooter introduced players to the thrilling intergalactic adventures of Fox McCloud and the Star Fox team. Its groundbreaking 3D graphics and fast-paced gameplay showcased the capabilities of the Super FX chip, setting a new standard for presentation in a video game and pushing the boundaries of what was possible on the SNES. It's a true classic with a ton of character, one of the best games on the console, and has an absolutely banging soundtrack as well. 10 out of 10!

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Stunt Race FX (Wild Trax)

Stunt Race FX SNES Super Nintendo Box Art

Arriving in 1994, Stunt Race FX (Wild Trax in Japan) brought arcade-style racing to the Super Nintendo. Developed by Nintendo EAD and Argonaut, this title showcased the Super FX chip's ability to deliver reasonably smooth racing in a fully 3D environment, and it featured some very impressive physics for the time. With a strong variety of tracks, adorable anthropomorphic vehicle designs, vibrant visuals, and personality to spare, Stunt Race FX offered a very unique racing experience to those who had the chance to play it back in the day, and it's still pretty fun and incredibly charming today. 

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Vortex SNES Super Nintendo Box Art

While not as well-known as the previous two titles, Vortex made its way to the SNES in 1994. Developed by Argonaut Software, this space combat game employed the Super FX chip to create a visually impressive and unique gameplay experience for the time. The game has you piloting a transforming spacecraft through 3D environments, engaging in battles with enemy forces. It's definitely not a great game, to be sure - it's overly complicated while also managing to be really, really boring - but it's at least interesting as an early attempt at a 3D action game on a home console.

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Dirt Racer

Dirt Racer SNES Super Nintendo Box Art

Dirt Racer, developed by MotiveTime Ltd. and released only in Europe in 1995, showcased the Super FX chip's potential in a different genre - off-road racing. With its impressive-for-the-time scaling and rotation effects, Dirt Racer offered players a peak at what a next-generation dirt track racing game might be like. It's extremely jank and kind of sucks, to be honest, but yeah - it's a Super FX chip racing game with graphics that are somewhat impressive for the system. It's sort of worth checking out just on that basis alone. If you're looking for a good Super FX racing game though, just stick with Stunt Trax FX.

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Yoshi's Island (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)

Super Mario World 2 Yoshi's Island SNES Super Nintendo Box Art

Yoshi's Island, released in 1995, marked the culmination of the Super FX chip's journey on the Super Nintendo. Developed by Nintendo, this iconic platformer presented a vibrant and whimsical world filled with imaginative level design and charming characters with a watercolor-esque visual style. The next generation Super FX 2 chip enabled the game to showcase some impressive visual effects, including sprite scaling and rotation effects, as well as some polygon-based 3D effects. Oh yeah, and it's just a great game from a gameplay perspective as well. Yoshi's Island remains a beloved classic, demonstrating the Super FX chip's ability to enhance both gameplay and artistic presentation, even in a 2D platformer. One of the best games on the system for sure - if you haven't played it yet, you should definitely check it out ASAP.

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Doom SNES Super Nintendo Box Art

Doom, the iconic first-person shooter developed by id Software, made its way to the Super Nintendo with the assistance of the more powerful Super FX 2 chip. Released in 1995, Doom on the SNES offered a shockingly faithful adaptation of the groundbreaking PC original. While the Super FX 2 chip wasn't as powerful as most of the competing platforms that Doom appeared on at the time, it still enabled the developers of the port to deliver on the intense horror action the game was known for, albeit with some major compromises in terms of visual fidelity and frame rate. Still, in some ways it was actually the most faithful console port of Doom that was released in the 1990's, besting even the PlayStation version in terms of having more complex level design that mirrored the PC original, rather than the simplified levels the other console versions offered. An impressive port of an all-time classic game, Doom on the Super Nintendo was a great addition to the console's library and really showed off what was possible with the Super FX chip. 

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Dirt Trax FX

Dirt Trax FX SNES Super Nintendo Box Art

Developed by Sculptured Software and released in 1995, Dirt Trax FX was another racing game that utilized the Super FX 2 chip. This off-road racing title aimed to provide a more immersive racing experience with its dynamic track conditions and realistic physics. The Super FX 2 chip allowed the developers to enhance the game's engine and graphics with smooth scaling and rotation effects in addition to the impressive 3D polygon track. And as a racing game it's actually not too bad - sure, it's a bit repetitive and has some annoying quirks (like the weird horn honking that plays every single time you go from 2nd to 1st place and vice versa), but it actually runs and plays quite well and it's kind of fun. All in all, Dirt Trax FX is worth a look if you're curious.

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Winter Gold

Winter Gold SNES Super Nintendo Box Art

Winter Gold, also known as FX Skiing in Japan, was a sports game developed by Funcom and released in 1996. It featured a variety of winter sports events, including skiing, bobsledding, snowboarding, and figure skating. With the awesome power of the Super FX 2 chip, Winter Gold showcased some pretty impressive graphics and stylized cutscenes, immersing players in the snowy landscapes and competitive atmosphere of the winter sports arena. While it's technically more of an FMV game than it is a 3D one, it nevertheless boasts some really cool visuals for Nintendo's 16-bit console, with a level of presentation that managed to rival early 32-bit titles for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The game itself offers some pretty simplistic extreme sports gameplay, but there's some fun to be had here if you don't require your games to have a ton of depth.

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The Super FX chip revolutionized gaming on the Super Nintendo, introducing players to a new level of visual and gameplay innovation. Titles like Star Fox, Stunt Race FX, Doom, and Yoshi's Island pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible on a 16-bit console, captivating gamers with their stunning graphics and immersive experiences.

Although the Super FX chip library was relatively small, the impact of these games can still be felt today. They served as a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of game developers during that era, and their influence can be seen in subsequent generations of consoles and games.

As we reflect on the Super FX chip games on the Super Nintendo, we appreciate the pioneering spirit that drove developers to push technological boundaries and deliver unforgettable gaming experiences. These titles stand as milestones in gaming history, reminding us of the transformative power of innovation in the ever-evolving world of video games.

Monday, 1 May 2023

Rent A Hero No. 1 For Sega Dreamcast Unofficial Fan Translation English Patch Download

The wait is over! Rent A Hero No. 1 for the Sega Dreamcast is now fully playable in English!

Thanks to a dedicated group of fans led by VincentNL, going by the name of the Rent-A-Modders, we now finally have a fully translated version of Sega's classic Dreamcast action-RPG Rent A Hero No. 1: Hero For Hire! The original Dreamcast version was released only in Japan in 2000 (later ported in 2003 for the Japanese Microsoft Xbox - an English version was planned for release in North America as well but was sadly cancelled), and was a 3D remake of the original Japanese Sega Mega Drive game called Rent A Hero which was released in 1991. The Dreamcast remake was built using the engine of the hit arcade game Spikeout, and feels like a humorous, tongue-in-cheek counterpart to Shenmue.

This new patch isn't just a translation either - it features all-new exclusive content, which according to the developers include "unlockable secrets, 3D models, VMU animations, [Opening/Ending subtitles], reworked interface controls, Debug modes and much more!"


.GDI patch

.CDI patch

Esppiral’s widescreen patch: (Game assets don't use 16:9 resolution, so some visual issues may occur)

.GDI widescreen patch

.CDI widescreen patch

Thanks again to VincentNL and his team for all of their hard work! Check him out on Patreon and Twitter.