Fatal Frame: The horror game the Wii U needs

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Though Nintendo had an excellent showing at E3’s and changed a few minds, they are still having a hard time convincing people that the Wii U can afford gamers interesting and unique experiences. Horror games might be just the thing then; ZombiU is still  one of the system’s more intriguing games, and now stalwart horror series Fatal Frame is headed for the system.

As I’ve surmised before, the series would be a perfect fit on the Wii U, with the Gamepad acting as the series fabled Camera Obscura; a device that can help its wielder see ghosts. It’s now coming to the Wii U in Japan, as Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden, on September 27. There’s no word on a Western release, but I’m certainly hoping it’s something that happens.

The last real Fatal Frame skipped the West entirely, though much of that was down to publisher squabbles. Koei Tecmo and Nintendo seem to have reconciled, re-releasing Project Zero 2 (Fatal Frame’s European name) on the Wii, along with an ill-advised, frankly awful 3DS spinoff, Spirit Camera.

As is the norm for this particular series, players will have to find and summarily capture ghosts using an in-game camera. On the Wii U iteration, that means using the Gamepad – which is a match made in heaven, if you ask me.

Here’s a bunch of screenshots too, because why the heck not.


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Last Updated: July 17, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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