Top 8 Disturbing Game Over Cut Scenes in Nintendo Games That Will Move Fans

Published 06/25/2022, 1:15 PM EDT

If you have indulged in classic Nintendo games from the past, chances are that you have come across some weird ‘Game Over’ cut-scenes, too. Cut-scenes have been a part of video games since the beginning. It is non-interactive but gives players valuable context.


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For the unaware, cut-scenes are basically in-game cinematics that are true to their name. Such videos interrupt your gameplay to narrate a concept. The developers can always choose to include pleasing cut-scenes. However, some Nintendo games feature cut-scenes that can make fans uncomfortable.


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To trigger some memories, we are listing the top games, as quoted by Nintendo Unity on YouTube, for featuring the most scariest and saddest cut-scenes ever.


A 1998 platformer, Banjo-Kazooie follows two protagonists, Banjo and Kazooie as they try to defeat a witch of the name Gruntilda. Failing the game will lead to a game-over cut-scene where Gruntilda absorbs Banjo’s sister Tooty’s beauty and Tooty is left looking like a… dog.

Metroid Prime (2 and 3)

Metroid Prime 2 (available on Game Cube) and Metroid Prime 3 (available on Wii) are retro action-adventure games involving space ships, many planets, and outer space. However, the games also feature loud and sudden sounds that could startle players.

In addition, the ‘Game Over’ cut-scenes are definitely not soothing, with the protagonist screaming as he dies. The sound design is just incredibly eerie!

Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland

For an adventure game that is kids-centric, Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland features a pretty disturbing ‘Game Over’ cut-scene where Tingle dreams about money and women.

Luigi’s Mansion

Another action-adventure game, Luigi’s Mansion, features Luigi as the protagonist who explores a haunted house in search of Mario while battling ghosts with a vacuum cleaner.

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While it seems pretty fun, the beta version of the game featured a very scary ‘Game Over’ cutscene where Luigi seems to become a ghost himself.

Punch-Out!! Wii

Punch-Out!! Wii is a boxing game that features a sad cut-scene if a player chooses to retire. Doc Louis, being Little Mac’s coach, is shown to heave a sad sigh as he leaves saying, “Good job, son… Good job.”

All Donkey Kong Classics

Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2, Donkey Kong Country 3, and Donkey Kong 64 featured really creepy sounding game over cutscenes.

In fact, Donkey Kong Country 3 featured King K. Rool’s evil laugh for quite a few seconds.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (DX)

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a 1993 action-adventure game that was extremely popular. However, the DX version of the game featured a very violent cut-scene. If the player doesn’t pay for something he takes from the shop, the shopkeeper unleashes his wrath. This led to Link paying an ‘Ultimate Price’.

Paper Mario: Color Splash


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If the player fails in this 2016-release 2D Mario game, the enemies suck the color out of Mario, which looks pretty disturbing.

Although our list ends here, Nintendo Unity features recordings of all the cut-scenes stated above plus some more. You can check out their video below:


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Which Nintendo game do you think has the creepiest or scariest game over cutscene? Let us know in the comments!



Sharmila Ganguly

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Sharmila Ganguly is an ESports author at EssentiallySports. After completing her bachelor's degree in engineering, she pursued her love for writing and most importantly, video games. All kinds of video games intrigue her, but her love for shooter video games like Valorant knows no bounds. Apart from video games, she also likes to keep a tab on the world of technology and spend time with her pet parrots!