If you’ve never played the Fatal Frame, or Project Zero games as they’re known in these parts, then you’ve missed some of the most terrifying and chilling puzzle adventure games from the PlayStation 2 era. Project Zero 2 was re-released on the Wii not too long ago, so there’s little excuse, unless you’re a giant sissy. In it, you play the game using a camera to find and dispel ghosts. The series is making a grand return on perhaps the most perfectly suited bit of gaming hardware available. Yes, the Wii U.
There’s very little information on the game at the moment, but according to Gematsu’s army of impish translators, Tecmo Koei and Nintendo are working together to bring Fatal Frame to the Wii U.
I’d imagine that it would work very similarly to ZombiU, with the Gamepad actually proving to be a vital, and useful addendum to the gameplay. You’ll probably end up using the Gamepad as the fabled Camera Obscura, seeing things in its smaller screen that you don’t on the main TV screen. I imagine it could be tense, and terrifying, and probably the first game to really effectively use the Gamepad to enhance gameplay since Ubisoft’s apocalyptic survival horror.
The series will also be treated to some transmedia fluff; a novel and a live-action film are coming, but I don’t really go in for that stuff. I like my games to be games – not TV shows, films, books and comics. Back to the topic though; I think the Wii U is the perfect home for Fatal Frame if it’s done correctly.
Last Updated: April 22, 2014