Demon's Crest

With all these scary games on Virtual Console this month, you would think that October had a spooky holiday or something to celebrate. Konami has blasted our wallets with a string of Castlevania games, and now Capcom is jumping on the bandwagon with its own creepy action series.

Gargoyle's Quest 2 is the NES sequel to the Game Boy classic Gargoyle's Quest, which itself was a handheld spin-off of the Ghost n' Goblins arcade series. The idea is that players control Ghost n' Goblins' most infamously challenging monster, the Red Arremer, as he fights behind enemy lines in the Demon Realm's ongoing civil wars. This NES game, which localizes Red Arremer as Firebrand, is the weakest of the trilogy, but still fun enough to warrant a look for the curious.

However, if there is any game you ever plan on picking up for the Virtual Console, it should be its excellent Super Nintendo sequel.

Demon's Crest is one of the rarest games on the console, fetching at least $100 on, and it's also one of its best unsung cult hits and possibly one of the best hidden gems of all time. For this reboot, Capcom did away with Producer Tokuro Fujiwara's cartoonish art style and replaced it with a far darker, more atmospheric mood. Firebrand is no longer an adorable, chubby demon, but rather, he has transformed into a tough, muscular soldier within the monster ranks.

Keeping alive Gargoyle's Quest sense of exploration, Demon's Crest also has an enormous world that is both non-linear and loaded with secrets and power-ups to discover. Firebrand can also morph into different forms allowing him to run faster, swim longer, fly higher, and just kick a lot more butt in certain situations.

Needless to say, Demon's Crest has always been a favorite of mine, and it could be one for you with this excellent re-release. Best of all, both games have a birthday release of October 30th, so I can treat myself to a little something without feeling guilty for it. Demon's Crest will be released on the Wii U, and Gargoyle's Quest II will be released for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.