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Need Another Reason to Purchase a Nintendo Switch?

I don’t recall how these two go hand in hand, but when I was little both the NEOGEO and Turbo-Graphx 16 were a pretty big deal. While everyone I knew had a Nintendo or a Genesis, only those lucky individuals had the aforementioned machines. I’m sure what the price point was on them, but I always thought the graphics looked amazing, with the colors really popping out of the screen. I was pretty jealous of everyone who had either, especially the handheld versions.

But my jealousy never stemmed from the system itself, but from the games that I couldn’t own. The big one was Splatterhouse, an Evil Dead II and Friday the 13th-inspired slasher game of sorts* that followed a kid, who would turn into a Jason Voorhees-like character after putting on “the Terror Mask”. It was an interesting reversal of the slasher, turning the victim into the stalker with all of the power. I guess you could say I wanted to live vicariously through it. Anyway, this 1988 masterpiece was initially an arcade game that would be released on the Turbo-Graphx in 1990. Now, Nearing its 30th anniversary, it’s joining Nintendo Switch’s library of NEOGEO Masterpieces this coming summer. While there’s no exact release, we know the other throwback releases have been priced at a perfect $7.99. Now, after all of these years, I can finally own the game I’ve always wanted while keeping hope that we’ll even see some of the sequels ported over as well.

[Related] Namco’s Horror Classic “Splatterhouse” Turns 28!

*Interesting Wiki fact: “The Terror Mask was changed from a white hockey mask to a red mask with black accents. This is to keep Rick from looking too much like Jason Voorhees. The mask became more skull-like in later games.”

Here’s the full story details via Wiki:

Two college students, Rick Taylor and Jennifer Willis, take refuge from a storm in West Mansion, a local landmark known as “Splatterhouse” for the rumors of hideous experiments purportedly conducted there by Dr. West, a renowned and missing parapsychologist. As they enter the mansion and the door shuts behind them, Jennifer screams.

Rick awakens in a dungeon under the mansion having been resurrected thanks to the influence of the “Terror Mask”, or in some versions, the “Hell Mask”, a Mayan sacrificial artifact from West’s house which is capable of sentient thought. The mask attaches itself to Rick, fusing with his body and transforming him into a monster with superhuman strength. With the mask’s encouragement, Rick goes on a rampage through the dungeon and the mansion grounds, killing hordes of monsters. Inside the mansion, Rick finds Jennifer, prone on a couch and surrounded by a throng of creatures that retreat upon his arrival. After their departure, Jennifer transforms into a giant, fanged monster that attempts to kill Rick while begging him for help. Rick is forced to kill Jennifer, who transforms back to normal and thanks him before she dies. Infuriated, Rick tracks the remaining monsters to a giant, bloody hole in the mansion’s floor. Upon entering it, Rick discovers that the mansion itself is alive. He follows a bloody hallway to the house’s “womb”, which produces fetus-like monsters that attack him. Rick destroys the womb, which causes the house to burst into flames as it “dies”.

Escaping the burning mansion, Rick comes across a grave marker. The Terror Mask releases energy into the grave, reviving a giant monster named “Hell Chaos” that claws its way up from the earth and attempts to kill Rick. Rick destroys the creature, which unleashes a tormented ghost that dissipates into a series of bright lights. As the lights vanish, the mask shatters, turning Rick back to normal, and he flees as the house burns to the ground and the credits roll. However, after he leaves and the credits end, the Terror Mask reassembles itself and laughs evilly, staying there for 45 seconds, with the word “END” appearing on the bottom right corner of the screen.


19 Comments
  • Banach007

    Once again I’m irritated by the lazy writing on this site, which is so covered with ads it can be hard to read – “I’m sure what the price point was on them” – you are? Well if you’re sure, why not just say what it was? Or doesn’t it matter? Or…did you just leave a key word out of that sentence, making it a real head-scratcher for anyone not just skimming the post?

    • Sam Beckett

      The fact that a lot of the article copies and pastes wiki I can agree.

    • filthlord

      oh my god dude just get the fuck over it. the site needs adverts bc you gotta afford to pay the server fees somehow and there is literally one if not 2 adverts not related to the website on each article and they are never in the way of the articles. stop being a bitch, if you have a problem with the writing then submit your own articles or better yet start your own website.

      • Banach007

        Hey, friend – no need to get nasty. The fact is that I’ve worked with a handful of filmmakers whose work is covered on sites like Bloody Disgusting, and they work hard enough to expect quality coverage; just as we, as fans, should be able to expect well written articles. “Start your own website” is about as thoughtful a response as telling someone whose football team is losing to “shut up unless you’re gonna go throw your own passes” – it’s not really an option, and even if it is, it doesn’t correct the issue at hand, which is that we choose to frequent BD and look at the advertisers’ messages and, given that, we can expect the content to be more adequately proofread.

        • Michael Huxel

          I agree completely with Banach007, and to filthlord, and as an example of an ad that was constantly in my way of the article on my tablet was the big ad for A Cure For Wellness that would always cover the beginning of the article, and I’m constantly spotting mistakes and occasionally careless or lazy writing in these articles. If you are fine with bad grammar or misspelled words or omitted words etc etc, then you sir, are a sad minority.

      • Michael Huxel

        I agree completely with Banach007, and to filthlord, and as an example of an ad that was constantly in my way of the article on my tablet was the big ad for A Cure For Wellness that would always cover the beginning of the article, and I’m constantly spotting mistakes and occasionally careless or lazy writing in these articles. If you are fine with bad grammar or misspelled words or omitted words etc etc, then you sir, are a sad minority!!

  • AkumajoBelmont

    Here’s some corrections.

    1. It’s TurboGrafx-16 (also known as the PC-Engine in Japan).
    2. Splatterhouse never came out on the Neo Geo.
    3. Splatterhouse is being released by Namco via the Namco Museum collection on the Switch.
    4. The ‘ACA NEOGEO’ Classics are a different set of releases, from an entirely different developer, HAMSTER Corporation.

  • Blade4693

    Yes I did need another reason as Ultra Street Fighter 2 was the only reason I was considering it at first, well that and new Mario and Smash bros lol

    Just announce both Bayonetta games and maybe an all new Bayonetta 3 and ill go get one.

  • Kevin Kallbreier

    Yeah, that game was fun as a kid but doesn’t really hold up. Re-visited awhile back and was really let down.

  • Kaijudude

    I was kind of hoping for a sequel to the 2011(?) version . I really liked it ,but with little to no marketing , and so-so reviews , that killed the sequel hopes pretty quick.
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4a/Splatterhouse_%282010_video_game%29.jpg

  • zombie84_41

    Not bad. But still doesn’t sell me on the switch. Like I prob buy it someday but for now its just meh. I’m more keen on that fuckin mini nes classic. Now that is damn near hard to find unless you drop a heavy 400 which ummmm no cus that shit was 60.

    • Flava Futha Muckin J

      They just announced that the classic has been discontinued.

      • zombie84_41

        Ya I just read that so fuck buying the switch and fuck nintendo too. They have to be the dumbest bunch of idiots the world has seen. If they would of continue production they would of made so much more money. Its not like it was limited console. They never said that. Shit we should all sue nintendo who didn’t get one by saying they didn’t make enough and whatever ones they did have people were selling for insanely stupid prices. And the stock they did bring back wasn’t 60$ then like that you just can it all together. What a joke.

        • gymbeau2000

          How about just buy a vintage NES and then an Everdrive. Oh, and pick up a 21″ or so tube tv? $100-150 & you’ll have every classic game on real hardware.

          • zombie84_41

            Sweet thanks for the info. That sounds way better and still cheaper then the insanely stupid prices they charging you for the NES CLASSIC. I understand most of the prices are people’s doing but still. I been wanting to get back into the old school gaming so this is great. I still got my SNES downstairs, and my DC as well too.

  • Grimphantom

    Meh, the reboot has all the games anyway

  • Lani Neil

    It’s as old as I am. Would be awesome if they made a movie 😀

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