Crossover games that need to happen

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?

Street Fighter x Mortal Kombat

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.

Metroid x Halo

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?

Star Trek x Mass Effect

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).

Katamari x Nintendo

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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  • Yargishner1 - June 20, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    A mario X Sonic game that has nothing to do with sports and of coarse the only crossover I really only wanted is Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter
  • Syncmaster - August 17, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    instead of Metroid, Halo must meet Starcraft. Really, they are so similar in the mithology. is all about Space marines vs Hightech Aliens vs Vicious organic-only Aliens.
  • LarzimusPrime - August 16, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    Gotta Be HALO VS GEARS OF WAR!!! Marcus and Master Chief, Dom and The Arbiter, Cortana and Anya, Cole Train and Johnson, Locust Queen and The Prophet of Truth and just imagine how the Brutes could co-operate with the Drones... Perhaps We cant handle this much Bad-Assery, but it NEEDS TO HAPPEN!!! (And think of the weapons, Spartan Laser Of Dawn?)
  • GameManiac - August 16, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    Pokemon x Digimon. That would be awesome, and may calm the rivalry between the two series.
  • Tommykrem - August 16, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    Sly and Uncharted would be great! I also think a lazy, complaining and occasionally exploding Prinny would be a great fit with Nathan. Screw the rest of Uncharted and Disgaea. Prinny and Nathan would have been GotY. Or Marcus Fenix and Prinny. Solid Snake and Prinny! Master Chief and Pr---, on second thought pretty much everything is great with a Prinny.
  • CAPST3R - August 16, 2010 2:58 p.m.

    Probably the two greatest names in 64-bit gaming; MGS and Fallout. The story would be great, if nothing else. Also, while they're way off release, I'm going to say Brink and Bodycount. I thing the free-running combined with the tissue-paper walls would make for some great action. Imagine shooting through a wall with a minigun, at a guy who's running for his dear life. Sorta like on the Matrix when Morpheus gets shot in the leg, except way, way better. Awesome.
  • g4m3rk1dd - August 16, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    also a pokemon vs monster rancher would be awesome...or even digimon...sigh...even digimon...
  • g4m3rk1dd - August 16, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    @ GOD well the final fantasy series was originaly a plastation only thing until microsoft decided to pay for it to be on the 360 :) we can hope right? besides 360 = best shooter platform :D
  • Zeb364 - August 16, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    I wasn't paying attention to who wrote this but then I read the part about the Katamari music and I instantly said to myself "this is an Elston article". I check at the top of the page and low and behold...
  • Purgatory - August 15, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    Disgaea X Darkstalkers FTW! I always thought Disgaea was inspired by Darkstalkers, hence Catgirls and Succubi in it.
  • babyhenchy1 - August 15, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    Technically we already saw Wrex and Worf meet in Mass Effect 2.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - August 15, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    Yeah, both Morrigan and Etna were in Cross Edge (Morrigan even hits on Etna) but it's not a great game, so it deserves revisiting. Plus in a more complete Disgaea/Darkstalkers context.
  • Pantas - August 15, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    I'd just like to point out that Etna and Morrigan were both in Cross Edge, not just Morrigan so, technically, that crossover actually happened.
  • stevengibson - August 15, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    ok ryu vs scorpion best video ever!
  • smallberry - August 15, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    Michael Dorn already plays a character in ME 2. He's the leader of one of the clans.
  • Anonymous93 - August 15, 2010 11 a.m.

    How about Medal of Honor X Call of Duty and maybe a bit of Battlefield thrown in for fun. I think the first two would work together as they were originally developed by the same teams (though at different times).
  • aznknight102 - August 15, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    this thread honestly is stupid, silent hill creatues would murder the zombies from resident evil, RE4-5 = horrible games imo, just glad they didnt pair up more things
  • dudeofdudez - August 15, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    Borderlands X Left For Dead
  • CocainCuresAll - August 15, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    i want to see the conversation between EDI and Data. my head would explode.
  • Silentboy - August 14, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    Red Dead Redemption X GTA: The Lost and the Damned. I've always had this strange fantasy about it. I can see Johnny and the rest of the Damned riding into a ghost town and getting ambushed by John Marston and a posse of other major characters. The battle would end in a sort of mounted duel with Johnny Klebitz on his motorcycle and good 'ol John Marston on a horse. Total gamegasm!