Star Wars! NES and Famicom! We end the Nintendo Entertainment Celebration!
The stream dropped for a minute, so the archive is in two parts. Sorry about that. But this year, we’re working streams into the countdown! Watch as I beat Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti while chatting with Mike.
- Released: July 31, 1989
- System: Famicom
- Developer/Publisher: Namco
I play games that a lot of other people don’t like or think are mediocre. I understand that. I also like a lot of movies that fall into the same category, mostly b-rate horror and action movies and games. I like them, and I’m comfortable with that. In many cases, there are certain aspects that draw me in, sometimes with the games it’s a matter of certain gameplay mechanics or themes. In the case of the 2010 reboot of Splatterhouse, it’s a combination of all these things.
Friend of the site and erstwhile podcast guest Bryce Wilson penned this article about Splatterhouse 3. He’s a consummate horror fan, genre film scholar and all-around good dude. Check out his other work at Things That Don’t Suck and Son of Danse Macabre.
The Splatterhouse series exists for one reason and one reason only. Which is to allow you to beat a wide assortment of monsters and demons into various shades of putrescent goo.
She doesn’t have to die, Rick. We can save her. Go back to the house.
The original Splatterhouse was an arcade game. Similar to my experience with Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts, I have never, even to this day, seen a Splatterhouse arcade cabinet. It was ported to the Turbografx in the US (with some minor changes, including changing protagonist Rick’s mask from white to red in order to cut down on his similarities to a certain famous movie slasher in a white mask). I also never played this version. I wanted a Turbografx very badly as a young man, and never got one. It didn’t do well in the US as we all know, and my mom did her homework (in the form of asking Don, the owner of the local rental store where I rented all of the games I played) and discovered that a Genesis or SNES would be a better purchase. I went with the Genesis (initially, I would eventually be “that kid” and have both).