Halloween is upon us, the witching hour is at hand! Around this time of year, most video game sites tend to ask people to send in pictures of their video game themed Jack O’ Lanterns. We at the GIMM-GP staff (just us two…) decided instead of showcasing video games ON pumpkins, let’s take a look at pumpkins IN video games!
We can start with the NES oddity, Monster Party! In the first level of the game, our hero Mark comes across a pumpkin-headed ghost who spits smaller pumpkins from its mouth. Please enjoy the pun of pumpkin picking.
Super Mario Land 2 featured good ol’ Mario traveling to six different worlds to retrieve coins which will open a door to the palace where his Princess Daisy is being held. One of these areas is the Pumpkin Zone, which is filled with spirits, slashers, and a wicked witch as the final boss.
Even robot pumpkins exist! A mid-boss in Mega Man 7, this cyber-pumpkin has three layers which protects a tiny seed-spitting pumpkin robot core. A fun secret in this level, if you only shoot the eyes on the outside of the pumpkin, he will bust through the floor, allowing Mega Man to face his brother, Proto Man.
Ogre Battle was an interesting strategy game for the Super Nintendo. One of the bosses you fought was the witch Deneb, who commanded pumpkin-men to do her bidding. After defeating her, Deneb would offer to join your party, and could eventually produce pumpkin soldiers who would gladly throw their gourds at your command.
A bit of a tribute to the attack of the pumpkin-men from Ogre Battle, Quina, the blue mage/weird clown maid in Final Fantasy IX, could learn the attack Pumpkin Head. This attack was rather strong, but very risky, as the damage it would inflict was equal to the difference in your max health versus your current health.
Continuing with the pumpkins in RPGs theme, the developers over at Atlus have featured the character of Pyro Jack in several of their series. This little spectre has shown up in the Persona and Shin Megami games as an enemy who can be convinced to join your team as a fire-based familiar. Pyro Jack also starred in his own title…
Jack Brothers on the now (very) defunct Virtual Boy gaming system! Pyro Jack (Jack Lantern), along with his brothers Jack Frost and Jack Skelton had to conquer several puzzle based levels on Halloween Night.
Silhouette Mirage was an obscure Playstation One title from Treasure Games. In this game, the heroine Shyna has to shoot her way through two equally dangerous races, the Silhouettes and Mirages, with the basic enemy for the Silhouettes being little green pumpkin men. Cute and fun game all around.
There are several pumpkins to be had in the wonderful Playstation One Action/RPG Legend of Mana! One of the missions in the game culminates with a battle against an evil little doppleganger witch in an enchanted pumpkin patch. A victory in this fight unlocks a new piece of produce to cultivate in your garden in the game: the Bumpkin!
Even Link has faced his share of orange gourds. The boss, Pumpkin Head, appeared in Oracle of Ages for the Game Boy Color. Link would have to knock his gourd off and then throw the pumpkin at the dungeon walls to smash this poor creature’s head.
It seems Link doesn’t always have to face sinister pumpkins after all! In Twilight Princess for the Wii, Link collects an Ordon Pumpkin as an ingredient for a very tasty looking pumpkin soup. Be warned, this soup is prepared by a yeti, so expect some stray hairs in the broth.
Most of Castlevania’s entries into the world of the third dimension have been… lacking. Castlevania: Lament of Innocence was forgettable, save for a hidden character that unlocked once you beat the game twice: Little Pumpkin! An enchanted pumpkin toy who decided to join the fight against Dracula, this hero is seemingly harmless, yet…
He can unleash a super-powerful attack known as the Grand Pumpkin, where giant pumpkin spirits rise from the ground and destroy his enemies with seasonal magic.
Little Big Planet is a great reason to own a Playstation 3, as it provides hours of super fun co-op play. One of Laura and my favorite things to do in this game is dress our little Sack Boy (and Girl!) up in silly costumes. Sure enough, a Jack O’ Lantern mask was provided for Halloween fun!
My friend Grant would be sad if I didn’t include the pumpkin transformation from Banjo-Kazooie for the Nintendo 64. In the Mad Monster Mansion area, our hero Banjo the Bear is shrunk down into a pumpkin in order to sneak through the hedge maze and small corridors. He even got to keep his little blue backpack, adorable!
Well, there you have it boils and ghouls! A list of digital jack o’ lanterns to light your way back home this rather chilly Halloween Day. Have a safe and fun night, and be sure to dress as your favorite video game characters!