Who doesn’t love a good crossover title?
Over the years, developers have released numerous crossovers to varying degrees of success – Marvel vs Capcom, Street Fighter vs. Tekken, and Capcom vs. SNK 2 to name a few. The announcement of Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem got me thinking: “What other potential crossovers should we be asking for?" More importantly, “which titles have a chance of becoming a reality?”
In this feature, I'll take a look at various franchises I would like to see cross paths, which genre said crossover would be, and the likelihood of it ever happening based on the developer's previous collaborations.
Picture it: Superman fighting Venom - it’s a hard fight to call since Venom could take over Superman’s body and win by default, or Superman could be too fast for the alien symbiote. A fighting game mix up is perfect for both sides, as it gives their respective characters a chance to face-off one-on-one or two-on-two and see whose side is more balanced. In addition, both sides have experience in the crossover fighter, with DC Comics vs. Mortal Kombat / Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Marvel taking on Capcom’s titles in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise.
Unfortunately, such a crossover is very far-fetched since Disney owns Marvel, and rival Warner Brothers owns the rights to DC-based videogames. Moreover, Capcom and NetherRealm Studios haven’t collaborated in the past, so it would be a first. Imagine the magic they could work together, though; Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat would be a blast with either Street Fighter 4's or Mortal Kombat 9’s visual style.
Genre: Strategy RPG
Nippon Ichi Software’s Disgaea series has developed a cult following since its initial inception on the PlayStation 2, while Fire Emblem has been around since the 8-bit era. With the Fire Emblem / Shin Megami Tensei (a traditional JRPG franchise) crossover coming on the Wii U, it makes sense to match it with another strategy RPG.
It’s quite likely as in recent times NIS has had titles such as Disgaea on DS, and Phantom Brave on Wii. However, NIS America remains mostly PlayStation exclusive, preferring to publish Gust, and Idea Factory titles developed for Sony platforms, over developing its own.
Sonic and Mario - two of gaming’s biggest mascots - team up to take on their respective foes assisted by classic characters from both developers’ catalogues. Be it Sega’s Alex Kidd, or Nintendo’s Donkey Kong, each developer has a wealth of characters to choose from. Such a game full of cameos would surely be a nostalgia trip for a lot of gamers, too. Bringing back memories of the consoles of old: the Sega Master System which came with Alex Kidd in Miracle World built in – later iterations came with Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic has appeared in Super Smash Bro’s Brawl so it wouldn’t be that farfetched for Sega and Nintendo to work together again. In addition, they created the Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games series - so a platform game crossover is entirely possible.
A video released a while back showed Rainbow Dash and Starscream duking it out. It was a fun watch and got me thinking ‘which would be the overall more dominant cast of characters’ – good or evil. You may be forgiven for thinking Transformers would win hands-down due to the sheer size of someone like Metroplex. However, My Little Pony has Cerberus – you know, that same beast you fought on Devil May Cry 3, numerous dragons, and Rarity - the dragon slayer.
Highly unlikely, unfortunately; Hasbro wouldn’t want their My Little Pony brand ‘damaged’ by appearing in a violent videogame – hence why Fighting is Magic received a cease and desist order. Although, it would be awesome to see the ponies square off against Optimus Prime and co. With all their special abilities at their disposal, who knows which side would come out on top?
Genre: Action Adventure
Duke Nukem is a beefed up muscle-head who kills aliens in the name of saving earth’s women – a noble cause. On the other hand, Lara Croft runs around jungles murdering animals and numerous islanders in the pursuit of the almighty dollar. Now let’s combine them for an action adventure title, taking Lara Croft’s stealth approach and Duke Nukem’s run and gun action. You would fight through animals, aliens, and islanders using the best aspects of both characters, swapping between Lara and Duke at the push of a button.
Tomb Raider is owned by Square Enix, while Duke Nukem is owned by Gearbox Software – so it’s not very plausible such a title would ever be developed. It would be an interesting mix of the most recognisable faces in gaming, though, and when hasn’t mixing stealth and action worked?
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