NES Godzilla Creepypasta (Blogspot mirror here) is the work of sprite artist Cosbydaf. It relies on a combination of first person narrative and edited videogame screencaps to tell its story.One day, Zachary, our protagonist, is given a bunch of NES games by an old friend of his. Being an enormous Godzilla fan, he starts with a nostalgic favorite, Godzilla Monster Of Monsters. Shortly after beginning, he finds that the game is glitched, presumably from a hack. At first he's delighted to find that the game includes monsters that weren't in the original. He becomes suspicious when he faces extremely recent Godzilla enemies from films that came out long after the game's release.Things take on a decidedly darker turn as a shapeshifting beast known only as "Red" appears, displaying awareness of Zach's existence; from there, environments become ever more sinister, cheesy monsters transform into indescribable abominations, and twisted worlds spawn, seemingly independent of Zach or even the game itself. The game reveals knowledge about Zach that it couldn't possibly have as the mind games of the insidious entity leading it all grow more and more aggressive.Cosbydaf is currently publishing chapters of the story's sequel. It involves the game cartridge falling into the hands of another gamer named Carl, who plays through an entirely different adventure alongside Godzilla (of course) and Rodan, facing a group of giant monsters based off of the Seven Deadly Sins. You can find the sequel here (Blogspot mirror here).The game series Kaiju Combat (from Sunstone Games and developed by people who were involved in the Godzilla franchise) has been confirmed to feature the original story's antagonist, Red, and his archnemesis Solomon.
And I Must Scream: Zach ends up like this in the final battle, where he cannot move his body to do anything but play the game. Fortunately, it's temporary.
Apocalyptic Log: The Transcendence Project in the sequel has shades of this via journal entries.
Art Evolution: The sequel's screencaps use the NES's screen resolution and more plausible glitch graphics.
Art Shift: In a non-comedic example, the graphics start out as fairly plausible for NES graphics, but from the Titanosaurus battle onwards begin to subtly shift into more advanced fare, culminating in Zenith's Womb Levels which look almost photorealistic.
Bait-and-Switch Boss: At one point during one of the stages in Tempest, Carl (playing as King Caesar) comes across a large crocodile-like monster. Said monster is then grabbed by a weird-looking tongue and eaten alive. The tongue belongs to the real mini-boss: a giant, grotesque Surinam toad.
(Carl comes across the fake boss) Carl: I think we're at a boss. (The real boss kills the fake one.) Carl: Definitely a boss.
Bonus Stage: The Heart Temple is full of harmless enemies that the narrator uses to refill his health.
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The last three questions of Face's first quiz. "Do you like dogs?" "Is the president good?" "Does your dog like the president?"
Breather Level: invokedThe snowy forest in Entropy, in stark contrast to the vast majority of the other levels, is downright relaxing. Subverted when the narrator runs into a massive field of frostbitten animal corpses and psychotic raptors.
But Thou Must: During Trance, Zach attempts to enter the base at the end of the map without fighting Orga, only for the game to claim that there is no monster there and proceeds to put his monster near Orga.
Changing of the Guard: In the sequel, Carl is one who buys up Zach's old game out of curiosity. He's actually in contact with Zach and read the original creepypasta, so he has a general idea of what he's getting into. However, the game has altered itself again, so now Carl has his own adventure.
Unlike Zach, Carl doesn't know much about Godzilla or how to play the game, nor does his share Zach's crazy skills. He is, however, apparently very good at platformers, so the game's difficulty hasn't caught up to him.
Also notable is the fact that he plays the game one level at a time with long breaks between (Zach finished the entire game in one sitting).
The story that we read on the blog is him taking notes while he's playing and screen-capping, so he comes off as not very talkative but very analytical and observant, relying on his pictures a little bit more than narration. In contrast, again, Zach put together his entire story after he finished the game, looking for some sort of catharsis in the process.
Chekhov's Gun: Acacius, the monster who appears in the last level which Red won't let Zach use until Melissa intervenes after all of the other monsters are dead.
Classic Video Game Screw Yous: When Face asks Zach if he likes Mothra, and he answers "no," Face - in the very first time in the game - responds to his answer: he develops a maniacal expression, stating "TOO BAD!", and forces Zach to use Mothra for the entire level of Entropy. This ended up being justified, as many sections in this world required Mothra's flying ability to navigate or otherwise avoid unnecessary difficulty or Kick the Dog moments.
In the sequel, a monster called King Caesar is introduced. Playing as him caused Tempest's boss icon to move. This is because he was the gray monster, now known as Warlock, in disguise.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Face has a tendancy to ask strange questions like, "Does it taste good when you bite a woman?"
Complacent Gaming Syndrome: invokedZachary prefers the Mighty Glacier Godzilla to the faster and stronger Anguirus and Solomon. It's not even a case of Godzilla being Difficult but Awesome; Zach just happens to be really good with Godzilla. It shows, too, since he takes down some very difficult bosses with Godzilla even when those monsters have obvious advantages over Godzilla in particular. Solomon is so much more powerful than Godzilla that Zach will turn to him for the hardest challenges, though.
The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Although Red purports to play by the rules, his monsters really are a bunch of cheating bitches. And at the end of the game, Red directly kills Zach by shutting his heart off. Thankfully, this either caused Red to lose the power to lock Acacius from Zach, or gave another higher power an opening to intervene on Zach's behalf and unlock Acacius for his use.
Deus ex Machina: Acacius comes in at the most convenient time for Zachery, has no really backstory or lead up to his character, comes completely out of nowhere, KILLS Red, AND brings back Godzilla, Mothra, Anguirus, and Solomon, whom have been either killed or eaten by Red prior to his appearance.
Melissa's intervention seems to be the bigger Deus Ex Machina here, Acacius being only part of it.
Hellbeast/Red. Moon Beast and the various replacements for the Toho monsters also qualify.
Face is a much more subtle version. It doesn't seem to understand human morality, and judging from its questions ("Is water wet?") it comes from / perceives / is a location where conventional physics are unreliable at best. While not as evil as Red, it is also kind of a dick.
The Warlock from the sequel.
Eldritch Location: The levels gradually begin taking on aspects of this, ceasing to become a series of obstacles and transforming into entire worlds where entities live out their lives independently.
Escort Mission: In the "Gelid" world in Replay, Carl ends up escorting Gorosaurus (who he doesn't recognise, of course) and a little green creature from the "Amorphis" world named Usol out of the "Lost Way" level.
Fan Nickname: The main villain of Godzilla: Replay (whose real name is Warlock) has two: "GREY" and "LEAVE-demon". Grey seems more fitting, as his predecessor was named Red...
Fanservice: Not in the "cute girls in short skirts" variety, the "nerdy indulgence" variety. Appropriate enough for something from Bogleech, it's got kaiju, old video games with strange, abstract enemies, and of course good ol' fashioned Nightmare Fuel on top of it.
Gaia's Lament: The aptly-named Entropy shows a beautiful world decay and mutate under the strain of industrialization. The harmless giraffe-herons become gruesome mummy-birds when exposed to toxic waste, the raptors turn homicidally insane, and the moon itself gives birth to a fetal humanoid that transforms into a titanic abomination.
Game Breaker: in-universe subversion with Solomon. He is essentially the best about both Mothra and Godzilla rolled into one monster (who in addition hits significantly harder than either of them), prompting Zach to call him "overpowered", but as the difficulty of the game mounts his high power becomes invaluable.
Genre Shift: It's early yet, but Godzilla Replay has more sci-fi aspects, such as inexplicable minigames that appear to be experiments of some sort, possibly on Carl, as well as an Apocalyptic Log called "The Transcendence Project", which a previous owner from 1997 added into the game cartridge.
In the original story, the cartridge features jumping puzzles that were not in the original game.
The glacier levels' theme song compared to another subtle, eerie winter theme from Donkey Kong Country. Red delights in contorting the soundtrack in unrecognizable ways.
Interface Screw: In the sequel, the game screen turns bright colors and tilts crazily from side to side during King Caeser's Mushroom Samba (a result of hitting a tree covered in syringes).
It Can Think: Zachary has his suspicions about the game being sentient, beginning about halfway through. It can indeed think.
The sequel reveals that it can create anomalies based on the players playing the game. The effects are quite unsettling.
Jerkass Façade: Face. Yeah, he took Godzilla and Anguirus from Zach, leaving him only with Mothra... because some levels in Entropy would be impossible to beat with them, for example, Gold Labyrinth, while playing some others might have been either extremely difficult due to all the ground enemies (The Toxic Waste level) or might have lead to some awkward yet unavoidable Kick the Dog moments (the forest level with the deer and creatures might have gone far different had he played it as Godzilla for example). And the fact he got revived by the Blue Angel at the end of the game should tell you he's not that bad.
Let's Play: The story is structured exactly as one, with a lot more narrative than is usual.
Kaiju: Obviously. It's as much a love letter to obscure and fan-favorite kaiju as it is a creepypasta.
Word of God has stated that Red was partially inspired by the idea of Giygas as a kaiju. It explains so much.
Knight of Cerebus: While the first two chapters are unsettling at most, it's when Red first appears that the game starts becoming nightmarish.
Marathon Boss: In Extus, Chimera takes Zachary a long time to kill. And that doesn't count the Boss Rush of Replacement Monsters that precedes it.
Red's final form and his absolutely massive health bar. It's implied that, even using Acacius, it took a while to defeat.
The first creepypasta in general has these with the chapter titles. Extus is the term for exodus, Zenith is the term for full potential (once Red takes over the game), Entropy is decay over time, etc.
The sequel is chock-ful of these. One example is that Carl states that he's rusty at chess, and a Patzer is someone who's bad at chess. Another is the world of Gelid, which is a term for anything icy or cold, and so on and so forth. Then there's Warlock, named for his sorcery and usage of black magic.
Mysterious Past: Who exactly is Solomon? What role did he play as one of Red's henchman? What caused his betrayal? Why did Red state "I ALWAYS HATED YOU"? And how does Face know him so well to entrust him to Zach? And most of all... What is the significance of STILL THE BEST 1973? Guess we'll never know...
Nothing Is Scarier: Implemented to pants-wetting effect. Most prominent in the "Unforgiving Cold" level, which is a completely uneventful seven-minute trek down a blue stone hallway with a static effect on the screen, stone Nightmare Faces lining the ceiling, and eerie music in the background.
Nightmare Face: The Hell Beast has one, utilized to great effect when it pops out from a screen-full of "KILL" to shock Zach — and audience. Face is killed and becomes a bleeding skull in the final world, Zenith.
The new villain.◊ His face resembles an angry version of an Easter Island face, which are creepy enough as is...
One-Winged Angel: Some of the new Godzilla monster bosses keep their alternate forms: Biollante, Battra, and Destoroyah. Mecha-Godzilla starts off looking like normal Godzilla before the Robotic Reveal and then later changes into a "replacement" monster. In the last stage, King Ghidorah apparently uses the replacement monster glitch to become Mecha King Ghidorah. And of course, there's Red.
Origin Story: Carl's playthrough depicts Godzilla's origins. He starts out as a T-Rex type monster traversing an island, before the other dinosaurs become inexplicably violent. The level ends with Godzilla dueling a triceratops, while in the background a huge bomb drops slowly. Carl beats the triceratops before the minute is up, but the bomb explodes anyway. There's a photorealistic shot of a nuclear mushroom cloud before a similarly realistic Godzilla pops into the screen with glowing red eyes. A lovely introduction to the game.
Our Angels Are Different: The "angel" that's featured in the center of the site's banner blocks the Hell Beast (and promptly gets killed, crying Tears of Blood as it happens) to give Godzilla time to escape. It is eventually revealed to be the spirit of Melissa, an old flame of the narrator, and later returns to save him from Red's wrath.
A skull-faced red angel with a similar design appears in the red temple stage on Zenith — but is nowhere near as friendly.
Pragmatic Adaptation: An audio adaptation can be found on Youtube. The narrator actually sounds terrified during the frightening moments. There are also a few Jump Scares that the original version couldn't do.
Psychotic Smirk: Face's appropriately-dubbed "Maniacal" expression, brought out when he takes Godzilla and Anguirus from Zach, forcing him to use Mothra.
Purposely Overpowered: Solomon can fly and does about twice the damage Godzilla does, and attacks twice as fast. While Zach loves using him, he still prefers Godzilla. Acacius is even more overpowered, doing about 4-10 times as much damage as the other monsters and his beam attack combines both regular eye beams and a stream of light from his hands.
Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Red, though to a limited extent; he can modify whole levels and even boards, but even warped and tweaked as the game is, he has to follow the rules of the game engine. Trying to force a Game Over to prevent Zach from using Acacius is not within these rules, and he pays for it.
Sensory Abuse: During Zenith, the music for the first part of the level after the red temple is a cacophony of NES sounds.
Series Hiatus: Godzilla Replay halted in September 2012 due to cosbydaf getting burned out. When he decided to get going again, he apparently had PC problems, and therefore had only started Chapter 4 and was unable to work on it. He eventually sorted out his issues, though, and Chapter 4 was released almost a year later, on the 6th of September.
Gelid is Sloth. The level and the monsters are light blue, the level's motif is ice and cold (which slows down), the boss' name is Lethar (as in "lethargic") and Carl beats it by jumping around a lot (being the opposite of slothful).
Corona is Pride. The level's color is purple, it has a lot of mirrors, one of the monster calls itself "the prettiest thing there could ever be", the boss' name is Exalton (exalted).
Amorphis is Envy. The level is green, a monster complains that it's not fair that it can't be strong, and the boss Odia (as in "odious") takes the form of Godzilla sometimes (being envious of him).
Tempest is Lust. There's a lot of Freudian imagery (like piercing), one of the monsters is doing something... strange, many of the monsters (including the boss) can call in "child" monsters, one of the minibosses violently explodes (as if climaxing), the boss' name is Salaac ("salacious").
The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: "Zenith". The setting is basically Hell, the quiz game and television screens are broken, and the final two bosses before Red are King Ghidora and Destoroyah, two of the most infamous villains of the Godzilla franchise.
Videogame Caring Potential: In Entropy, Zachary feels it would be wrong to attack the deer-like creatures he finds there, and leaves them be. At times, he even chases away some raptor-like animals that appear to be their natural predator. For good reason, in that these creatures might actually be alive.
Villain Ball: One gets the impression that Red of all "people" didn't quite think his plans for the last world through - that is, separating Acacius from the main board, forcing Zach to use his other four monsters until only Acacius is left. Cue Fridge Logic: while this means that he can't use Acacius on Red... this also means Red has no way to kill his last monster, essentially making the game Unwinnable for both Zachary and Red. This forces Red to break the rules and go in for the kill, allowing Melissa to step in and bring Acacius out for the final battle. Red really wrote his own demise when you think about it.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Red has a running form, a swimming form, and a flying form, which it uses to chase Godzilla, Anguirus, and Mothra, respectively. And, revealed in chapter 8, a giant form.