Comic/fighting-game mashups that need to happen

… is a terrible idea for a game. However, our ironic love of kitsch nevertheless demands that it exist.

Potential roster – Universal Press Syndicate: Farley (For Better or For Worse), Cuco (La Cucaracha), Bill the Cat (Bloom County), Andy CappModesty Blaise, Uncle Duke (Doonesbury), Cathy, Jason Fox (Foxtrot), Huey and Riley Freeman (Boondocks), Spaceman Spiff and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes), Garfield, God-Man (Tom the Dancing Bug), Ziggy.

Potential roster – Darkstalkers: Anakaris, BB Hood, Bishamon, Demitri, Donovan, Felicia, Hsien-Ko, Jedah, Lillith, Morrigan, Rikuo, Sasquatch, John Talbain, Victor, Lord Raptor.

Why it would work: I’m sorry, “work?”

Potential roster - America's Best Comics: Captain Nemo, Alan Quatermain, Edward Hyde, Mina Murray and Hawley Griffin (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen); Tom Strong, Paul Saveen and Tom Strange (Tom Strong/Terra Obscura); Jeff Smax and King Peacock (Top 10), Greyshirt (Tomorrow Stories), Tesla Strong (Tom Strong), Jonni Future (Tom Strong), Promethea; Splash Brannigan, First American, Cobweb and Jack B. Quick (Tomorrow Stories).

Potential roster – Toshinden: Sho Shinjo, Rungo Iron, Nagisa, Eiji Shinjo, Mondo, Chaos, David, Vermillion, Duke B. Rambert, Kayin Amoh, Tracy, Miss Til, Naru Amoh, Subaru Shinjo, Sofia, Judgment, Cuiling, Ellis.

Why it would work: After a lengthy, nearly two-console-generation absence, Battle Arena Toshinden - the series that launched alongside the PSone and pioneered weapons-based fighting in a 3D space - is finally going to rise from the dead. On the Wii. Oh come on. Not that we’re saying it can’t or won’t be good – we haven’t even seen it yet, of course - but the thought of one of the earliest 3D fighting franchises resurfacing with waggle controls does not fill us with confidence. No, Toshinden needs a proper resurrection. One that pits it against characters created by legendary Watchmen scribe Alan Moore.

Much as we’d like to see characters like Vermillion, Kayin and Sofia resurface, we’d like it even more if they were pitted against heavyweights from America’s Best and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Granted, the balance of power is a little off; could a fireball-flinging swordsman like Eiji Shinjo actually hope to stand up to an impulse-murdering force of nature like Edward Hyde, or an invincible half-ogre cop like Jeff Smax? Probably not, but that logic never stopped Street Fighter’s Ryu from kicking the asses of Wolverine, Magneto or any other given character in Marvel vs Capcom.

Potential roster – Image Hip Flask, Badrock (Youngblood), The DarknessThe Maxx, The Savage DragonShadowhawkSpawnMadmanWitchblade, Abbey Chase (Danger Girl), Grifter (WildC.A.T.S.), Angela (Spawn) Invincible and Atom Eve (Invincible), Grunge (Gen13), Zealot (WildC.A.T.S.), Ripclaw, Freefall (Gen13), Violator (Spawn), Fairchild (Gen13), Officer Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead).

Potential roster – Guilty Gear: Dr. Faust, Ky Kiske, Potemkin, Johnny, Venom, I-No, Axl Low, Baiken, Testament, Zappa, Jam, Dizzy, Millia Rage, Chipp Zanuff, Anji Mito, Slayer, Kliff Undersn, Sol Badguy, May, Bridget.

Why it would work: Founded by illustrators, Image’s comics have always been recognized for really cool-looking art - much in the same way that Guilty Gear has. Pretty exteriors aside, though, you’ve got a broad range of superpowered oddballs that could step into the ring and tear each other apart without it being really weird or unbalanced. In fact, unlike most of the mashups on this list, Guilty Gear vs Image is the only one that wouldn’t require huge leaps in logic or a couple of harmless characters suddenly becoming violent.

In fact, it’d hardly be recognizable as a mashup at all. Huge characters like Badrock and Hip Flask would fit right in with the Guilty Gear crowd, who by now are used to fighting screen-fillingly ginormous monstrosities. And that’s to say nothing of angsty supernatural anti-heroes like The Darkness and Spawn, who’d mesh so well with freaks like Zappa and Testament that they might actually risk getting lost in the shuffle. Hell, this one makes too much sense not to happen. Image? Arc System Works? Are you paying attention?

Aw, c’mon. Please?

Nov 26, 2008

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  • Brawler89 - August 13, 2009 4:14 a.m.

    Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Namco vs Darkhorse OR Namco vs Capcom would rock!
  • FlamingChaos35 - August 26, 2009 5:56 a.m.

    KILLER INSTINCT!!!!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!! Make a sequel!!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!!!
  • evildevil2 - December 14, 2008 12:33 a.m.

    My idea of Bloody Roar vs. Mortal Kombat vs. Soul Caliber vs. Tekken vs. Virtua Fighter vs. Street Fighter is still awesome!
  • Satanshadow94 - May 6, 2009 8:09 a.m.

    What about a Guilty Gear vs. Dark horse and why didn't you do like a Bloody Roar vs. Dark Stalkers. I mean I get it you want to be funny but it is starting to piss me off!!!!
  • linkganon - May 8, 2009 12:30 a.m.

    how is sonic with and against sega? and i wonder why isn't solid snake nor is his series placed anywhere, and konami is nowhere to be seen? comeon, you have to at least be able to place them somewhere. i'll name a couple that could be used in something... solid, liquid, solidus snake, ocelot (3 costumes), meryl, soldiers of different variations, snake wannabe (raiden), big boss, vamp, sniper wolf, metal gear ray, rex and mgs4,s variation, of course the some ,marine corps,volgin, Johnny kidding, (or was i?)and there are many others.
  • Ginger-sama - November 27, 2008 12:26 a.m.

    First! Archie VS. Sega-lolz
  • TrIp13G - November 27, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    The last one makes the whole list.
  • TrIp13G - November 27, 2008 12:50 a.m.

    Dammit, all. Sorry for the (now triple) double post.
  • iluvmyDS - November 27, 2008 1:03 a.m.

    I really would love Marvel VS Capcom 3 above all.
  • Defguru7777 - November 27, 2008 1:33 a.m.

    Please? LOL.
  • EvilZeus - November 27, 2008 1:56 a.m.

    My picks: Namco ftw Don't care. Killer Instinct FTW Don't care. Super Smash Bros ftw Bloody Roar ftw Don't Care. Don't care. Don't care. And yes, Killer Instinct is beloved by its fans.
  • Elbo444 - November 27, 2008 2:20 a.m.

    i've heard of maybe 10 of those comic book characters... calvin and hobbes ftw?
  • misfit119 - November 27, 2008 3:08 a.m.

    MvC3 and Guilty Gear vs. Image please! I'd definitely pay good money for either of those games.
  • Amnesiac - November 27, 2008 3:25 a.m.

    Agreed. MvC3 and Guilty Gear Vs. Image FTW.
  • valorouslegacy - November 27, 2008 4:34 a.m.

  • Gatastrophe - November 27, 2008 5:07 a.m.

    No mega man in the capcom section?
  • Samael - November 27, 2008 5:43 a.m.

    Yeah...Image vs. Guilty Gear needs to happen right fucking now. I recommend Agent 355 (Y: The Last Man) and Swamp Thing for Vertigo vs. SNK as well.
  • SOLIDSNAKE1983 - November 27, 2008 12:40 p.m.

    Forget comics, we all know that the only "vs" game that will ever matter (if it gets made) is Street fighter vs Mortal Kombat!!!
  • clever123 - November 27, 2008 4:03 p.m.

    Marvel vs capcom ftw!
  • blackheart1 - November 27, 2008 4:23 p.m.

    shadow knuckles and sonic could beat archie down into the ground and they could do that to sega too

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