Games are no stranger to wild crossover events. From Smash Bros to Marvel vs Capcom, we’ve seen some of the industry’s biggest names go head-to-head for years now. But as games become increasingly expensive to produce and market, publishers are always on the lookout for the “sure thing,” something that’ll appeal to a wide audience right out of the gate. What better bet than more crossovers between existing, surefire hits?
Above: Makes perfect sense, and is destined to pull in fans of both
Street Fighter x Tekken is just the latest. There will be more mashups coming, and there’s no doubt some of them will mix up series we’ve been dying to see together for years. So, in the wake of SF x T, what once-improbable crossovers could developers be conjuring up next?
Why it needs to happen: It’s the dream match of the decade. The decade in question would be the 1990s, but that doesn’t change the fact that millions would flock to the first official clash between gaming’s most famous fighters. There was no bigger rivalry, no bigger argument in a 1993 arcade than “Which is better, SF or MK?” To finally have them together in a tag-team scrapper would be so hot our bones would fuse together just reading the press release.
Granted, fatalities would be a problem. The neutered attacks of MK vs DCU didn’t kill the game, but the absence of excessive violence clashed against a cast of characters who usually end a fight by tearing someone’s head off. Could we deal with a decapitated Chun-Li? Hm, maybe there are some logistical problems with this after all.
Two characters that have to meet: The main characters of both franchises are kinda boring (Ryu and Liu Kang, derp), but having the two most ruthless, demonic jerkasses engage in a gruff-off would be pretty cool. Who has the raspier voice? Who can summon the most fire at will? Can Scorpion even “die one thousand deaths” when he’s already dead? We’d pay $60 to find out, especially if it’s as awesome as this video.
Why it needs to happen: Both universes are rife with interstellar conflict, and frequently turn to the same two people for rescue. Samus Aran works her ass off to keep life-sucking Metroids from falling into the wrong hands, and Master Chief, near as we can tell, spends his entire life tagging sticky grenades to alien faces. Both deal with galaxy-ending threats daily, and are in head-to-toe, one-of-a-kind suits of armor. Seems like, Nintendo and Microsoft issues aside, this would blend pretty well into a new FPS that combines the best traits of Halo and Metroid Prime.
But, yeah, Nintendo and Microsoft. It’s an uphill, unlikely request for sure. Then again, Disney and Warner Bros negotiated Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny’s appearances in Who Framed Roger Rabbit down to the second, so there’s no reason it couldn’t happen here.
Two characters that have to meet: Obviously Samus and Chief would be the stars, but what reason would they have to meet? We imagine if ol’ Mother Brain found out about the Flood, a parasitic life form that could help her take over the galaxy (or be combined with Metroids for even deadlier use), that’d bring these two heroes together pretty damn quick. That seems to lead to an inevitable confrontation between Mother Brain and Gravemind, the Flood’s plant-like leader. How would two villains who actually are one track minds interact? And could the real Samus/Chief meet-up be nearly as awesome as this?
Why it needs to happen: We’ve already said the next big Star Trek game should take its cues from Mass Effect, but what about a straight-up crossover? On the surface it seems like the two properties would blend so cleanly that there’d be little to gain by mixing them. But, consider if the Borg were to invade (using one of those space/time mishaps that are so common in Trek lore) and engage in an all-out assault against biological life, from human to krogan to salarian and beyond. If you’ve finished the first Mass Effect, you should realize how big a threat the Borg would be to that universe.
(Semi-spoilers for the ME1!) – What’s the one thing that universally scares all of the ME races? Artificial intelligence run mad. The robotic Geth are seen as a frightful scourge, while the mysterious Reapers have declared war on all non-mechanical life. The Borg represent a horror to both sides of this fight, neither purely human nor all machine. They’re a relentless, ever-adapting hive mind striving to assimilate our “biological and technological distinctiveness” with theirs. The Council races would be terrified by the sight of once-sentient beings forced into a cyborg existence, and the Reapers would no doubt feel the same way about living cells stinking up their bodies. Looks like it’s time to mix up the teams, maybe a little Trek, a little Council and a little Reaper to set things right and fight back the Borg.
Two characters that have to meet: Should the stars literally align and bring these two franchises together, the unstoppable force of Wrex must collide with the immovable object that is Worf. Both talk tough, relish a good fight and spend most of their days not taking any shit. Compare Worf here with Wrex and just imagine the joy of watching these two throw down (and then end up fast friends over tales of glorious victories).
Why it needs to happen: The best part about Katamari is the wealth of unique objects littered across each world. What if the King of All Cosmos found a way into Nintendo’s various dimensions and sent the Prince down to gobble up all its cute little trinkets? Why, we’d have tons of Nintendo-themed worlds, loaded up with hundreds of references, shout-outs and character cameos. Each world could look and feel just like Hyrule, the Mushroom Kingdom or Planet Zebes, plus feature an impossibly catchy, Katamari-style remix of that property’s classic music.
Two characters that have to meet: Maybe the King and Tingle would hit it off right away due to their choice of dress? The dialog exchange between these two is reason enough for Nintendo and Namco to sort out whatever legal issues that are preventing this from happening. These two companies have a history together, so it’s not as impossible as it seems.
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