I have to admit, as much as I loath getting a game over, I do love the thought and creativity developers put into them. This week's loser screens feature ETs, apes and squirrels with killer hangovers.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES)
The first Donkey Kong Country was no jungle stroll but its a lot easier compared to the sequel. Even if you aren't taking on the levels of the Lost World, Diddty's Kong Quest is quite possibly the toughest of the original SNES Donkey Kong Country trilogy. When that final balloon is popped Diddy and Dixie are stuffed in what looks to be quite the cramped prison box complete with melancholy looks and a sad harmonica jingle to boot.
Alien 3 (SNES)
A dreadful musical jingle matched with a horrifying image of saliva dripping extraterrestrial. Then the whole horror filled atmosphere is ruined by three hilarious words: Game over, man! To someone with no prior knowledge to the Alien films this may seem out of place but its arguably the greatest line of dialogue Hudson ever spouted. Including it on Alien 3's game over really does seem like a no brainer.
Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64, XB)
Most big bad's seldom have good intentions involved for the heroes. They are called big bads for a reason. The antagonist of Conker's Bad Fur Day is no exception. But unlike most fiends, Conker isn't really standing in the way of his schemes. No, he just has a table that won't stay properly leveled so his milk doesn't spill. Turns out Conker is just the right height so he wants to use him for a table leg. There are numerous takes on this one and I recommend checking out each and every one.
Star Fox (SNES)
Even on the easiest setting (the middle path) the final confrontation against Andross ranks among one of my favorite boss battles in gaming. But even if you never made it to the maniacal villain, you could still catch a glimpse of his true form by getting a game over, which was something I saw quite frequently when I played Star Fox as a lad.
Fatal Fury (ARC)
Geese Howard, being an SNK boss is one tough customer. It isn't just enough for him to thoroughly thrash you. He isn't too fond of trash stinking up the place, so he quickly disposes of you by kicking you out the window. As to elicit pity from the player, you get to watch as your fighter rapidly plummets to their doom.