Sometimes the best scares come from the most unexpected places. When we’re playing a horror game like Resident Evil, we’re always on edge, expecting something spooky to come out at any moment. While they definitely do scare the hell out of us, we already know they’re coming. Now, when they come from a cute and cuddly “kids” game, well that’s a different story. So today, we’re gonna take a look at some of the characters that brought out these moments in N64 games. And we’re going to talk about one game per entry, because that’s more fun. These are 7 unnecessarily horrifying characters in kid-friendly games. The Ghost of Wrinkly Kong from Donkey Kong 64 Wrinkly Kong is a kindly old gorilla who appeared throughout the Donkey Kong Country series. Unlike her husband, Cranky Kong, she actually tries to help the Kongs by offering them advice about the games items and objects. Through her life she was very caring and intelligent, being a faithful wife to Cranky and a possible grandmother or mother to Donkey Kong. That’s still a bit up in the air.
Unfortunately she passed away after the events of Donkey Kong Country 3. Throughout Donkey Kong 64, we are left with sad reminders of her life through these Wrinkly Doors that– Holy shit! Alright, so Wrinkly Kong does make a posthumous appearance in Donkey Kong 64 as a ghost. While she assures you that she is not there to harm you and you shouldn’t be afraid, those bone-chilling sounds of her spirit coming forward were enough to make any child actively avoid every single Wrinkly Door they came across, no matter how helpful her advice was. It’s almost a shame how freaky she is in this game, as she is still just as sweet as she was in life, even being the only Kong in the game to offer her help for free. Despite being dead, Wrinkly Kong continues to make appearances in Donkey Kong games, even being featured as a playable character in DK: King of Swing, DK: Jungle Climber and Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
Thankfully without that hellish ghostly shriek. Clanker from Banjo Kazooie Back in 1998, an instant classic was released in the form of Banjo-Kazooie. The worlds were fairly small, contained and cute, as seen in the first two worlds ‘Mumbo’s Mountain’ and ‘Treasure Trove Cove’. When entering the third world for the first time, it seems to be the same case. You enter a small sewer system with some ugly crabs walking about, when suddenly you find yourself in an enormous body of water… and you clearly aren’t alone. You’re greeted by a pair of big of creepy eyes, and an even bigger set of sharp teeth. This is Clanker, Gruntilda the Witch’s garbage disposal system. Clanker is a tragic character that only becomes terrifying when you begin to realize what he truly is. While he may seem to be a completely mechanical fish-shark thing, when you enter his body you find organic organs and bones inside. Just what exactly was Clanker before Gruntilda found him? He is completely submerged under sewer water when you first meet him, despite him having to breath through a blowhole, so it’s clear that he is not being treated well.