Let’s Talk About Crossovers In Video Games


In popular media, crossovers happen all the time. The Simpsons had a crossover with Family Guy. Fairly Odd Parents had a crossover with Jimmy Neutron. However, in the world of video games the concept of having crossovers is hit or miss. With some video games having guest characters being unlock able, and other games featuring characters as cameos, it is very rare to see a video game franchise pull off a successful crossover.

This morning Nintendo held another online reveal to one of its flagship titles “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate” in the form of a 40-minute web trailer. Nintendo’s ability to connect to its audience via “Smash Direct” has been notoriously famous for new characters being revealed, generating hype around who’s going to be next to join the fighting games roster.

If we take a step back and examine the titles in the past that have tried to make a collaborate effort, there are only a few that stand out. The “Marvel Vs. Capcom” series was probably one of the biggest crossovers of all time in the fighting game community. The origins of Capcom’s versus collaborations date back to 1996 with “X-Men vs. Street Fighter”. With a simple roster of just 17 playable characters featuring the core super heroes from X-men and the core group of Street Fighter, the game found its success by appealing to such a broad audience.

Moving forward, Capcom rode its momentum publishing the “Marvel vs. Capcom” series which dominated the arcade scene in the early 2000’s. The game eventually reached a level of interest that planted its roots in the Fighting Game Community for the next few years.

However, Capcom has also released one of the biggest collaboration projects when it released “Street Fighter cross Tekken” in  2012. This crossover was a huge deal for fighting game fans. The hype brought so many people to Comic Con 2010 when it initially made its announcement. As time went on, many fans began to point out the flaws the game had; an auto-blocking feature, no unique character combos, and On-Disc DLC. The community was outraged to find out that unlock able characters were already on disc data, and the fact that they had to pay to unlock this content eventually brought an end to the overall interest of the game. I guess when it comes to fighting games, you live and die by the fans.

Fast forwarding into today’s modern times, Nintendo brings a refreshing take on the crossovers in their fighting game, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Today’s characters reveal brought the hype. The 40-minute presentation showcased its newest batch of characters; Ken from Street Fighter, and Incineroar from Pokemon, as well as the Piranha Plant from Super Mario. Yes, the plant from that lives in pipes from the Super Mario franchise is a playable character in this game.

Time and time again, we are witnessing Nintendo showcasing their ability to generate hype to a very broad and diverse audience. There is something that everyone can enjoy in this upcoming release of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Whether you are a fan of the Street Fighter legacy, Metal Gear Solid, or even Pokemon. The Smash Brothers franchise is guaranteed to bring enjoyment to its fans.

I am incredibly excited to see what direction this game goes. Its competitive scene has taken the fighting game community by storm, and I hope to be able to rekindle my passion for competitive play with this game.

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