As far as frights go, the Wii U has never been a particularly strong console. We kicked off with ZombiU as a launch title, but since then, no high profile horror games have been made readily available on Nintendo’s console.
Koei Tecmo is about to rectify this missing chapter with another game in its cult-horror series, Fatal Frame. Nintendo purchased into the publishing rights of this series in Japan, meaning that this Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden will definitely remain exclusive to the Wii U.
As with the rest of the games in the series, they bring a very Japanese blend of horror to video games, with themes of mountainside buildings and our main character, Yuri Kozukata, struggling with the phobia of getting wet while walking through swamps. She also happens to have the gift of touching objects to see the truth behind their history.
Naturally, this is a Fatal Frame game, meaning that there must be some kind of photography mechanic to be used in combat. Indeed, the Wii U’s GamePad will operate as one of the series’ titular cameras, and it will be used to battle ghosts and see objects that can’t be seen by the human eye.
There are a lot of debates out there as to what the scariest video game series of all time is, and for my mind, that clearly goes to Fatal Frame. All of the first three games are available on the PlayStation 3 as PlayStation 2 Classics. Give those a shot with with the lights off and a solid set of headphones. I doubt you’ll survive the night without getting a chill.
Sadly, the Wii entries, Fatal Frame 4 and a remake of Fatal Frame 2, never made it to the United States, and it is very likely that Nintendo will let this one slip on by as well. I haven’t been too big of a critic about the Wii U’s region locking since there hasn’t been any Japanese exclusives really worth throwing a fit about, but that could change with Nintendo of America’s attitude toward this series that goes against its family friendly image. Do the right thing, Reggie.
Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden will release for the Wii U on Sept. 27 in Japan. Importers, ready your credit cards!