There have been a number of crossovers lately: Zelda and Dynasty Warriors, Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, F-Zero and Mario Kart 8 , Project X-Zone 2 and a lot more. We thought we would come together and discuss what crossovers we would like to see happen in the future. Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below what you would like to see.
League of Legends (or DoTa2) and a variety of Nintendo IPs would be interesting. The champions could be a variety of Nintendo characters, and have unique abilities to them. Mario could shoot out fireballs, Takamaru could use his sword, and Tom Nook could summon buildings from Animal Crossing. It would be a neat concept, and I think it has a lot of potential. The creeps could be common enemies from Mario and Zelda and the arenas can be skinned on a variety of worlds. As a fan of crossover games, I would buy this instantly.
I have a bit of a different take on this. I have typically written about Super Smash Bros. Focusing on Nintendo instead of third party companies, but that doesn’t mean I hate those companies and their series. I’m actually a huge fan of Sega, and what I’d like to see is a Sega Smash Bros. Sega, like Nintendo, has a plethora of unique and interesting IPs, from Phantasy Star, Puyo Pop, Virtual Fighter, Super Monkey Ball, and, of course, Sonic the Hedgehog. This game can give a different feel to Super Smash Bros and fun game in between typical Smash Bros. game. One of the elements that makes Super Smash Bros. great is its ability to bring so many interesting worlds and characters, so why not let Sega join the battle?
One crossover I would love to see is a platformer that stars both Mario and Crash Bandicoot. While the most commonly requested crossover is usually between Mario and Sonic, one with both Nintendo’s mascot as well as Sony’s old, infamous, mascot would be a sight to behold. Each have unique elements in their respective worlds that would suit well for this kind of crossover. Having Mario get invincible with Ooga Booga would be frankly awesome.
Not necessarily a crossover… but I’d love to see a certain Nintendo series tackle an extremely popular genre.
I want to see a new F-Zero game… in a 3rd Person Open World action environment. I’m talking GTA with Captain Falcon.
Now hear me out… in this game you would play as The Captain’s Smash Bros. personality. You would go through the streets of Mute City fighting crime on foot. When criminals jump in vehicles to get away… the game’s racing/driving mechanics take straight from classic F-Zero.
You would be able to upgrade Captain Falcon’s moves in an ability point system. He would use popular Smash moves like Falcon Punch to destroy enemies. The point of the game is that you are OP. You’re THE CAPTAIN. You beat up criminals and save the city.
One of the things that I thought about when the topic first came up was that many of these crossovers are, to put it mildly, unexpected. But that’s what makes them exciting; they can show off parts of these franchises we wouldn’t recognize otherwise. I’d like something that did that, so I’m going to say that Super Smash Bros. should leverage its impressive array of properties and own brand into an grand RPG spinoff, joining with either the turn and team-based combat of classic Paper Mario or the action RPGs of Bioware series like Mass Effect (with that series’ cast potentially along for the ride). I liked “the Subspace Emissary,” but it’s no longer feasible for Smash to make a satisfying story mode. But a spinoff would help alleviate that, allowing what may be the biggest crossover in the medium (give or take a MUGEN) to tell a goofy, expansive story. New gameplay could potentially also allow us to see Smash in a totally new light. And while this could exist as just a spinoff using the Smash engine, I think a crossover would allow us to reconsider some of the series’ most accepted mechanical tropes.
The Theatrhythm series has a lot of crossover potential. After the lovely Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (and sequel), there was also Theatrhythm: Dragon Quest. I would personally love to see Theatrhythm: Fire Emblem –but that opens doors to so much more. Pokémon, Zelda, Mario… there are plenty of Nintendo series up there with wonderful soundtracks, characters, and lore. For games that have less titles in their series (Kid Icarus, F-Zero, Custom Robo, etc), there can be a general “Theatrhythm: Nintendo” I suppose!
There are so many other ideas I would love to talk about, but the above is probably my favorite of them.
I’d be up for more Dynasty Warriors-style spinoffs using other Nintendo IPs. Hyrule Warriors has shown how stellarly it can be done, and other Nintendo franchises could bring a lot of new things to the formula. Fire Emblem would be an obvious one, with its wartime fantasy settings and massive cast of characters, and using Einherjar and the Outrealms could even give it a canonical reason to exist! The HW development team also expressed half-serious interest in a Warriors spinoff using Super Mario characters, an absurd idea that they acknowledged would actually work pretty well. Maybe even a Pokémon Warriors, if all parties involved are okay with it? After all, we know soldiers from its universe’s history went to war with their Pokémon companions by their sides…
To the surprise of perhaps nobody, Banjo Kazooie would be the first IP that popped into my head, so it’s pretty much a case of “who would I most like to see them cross over with”? They’ve already met Diddy Kong, Conker and Sonic (among others)… This is pretty much a no brainer for me. Banjo-Kazooie meets Mario. Characters who are very possibly the most endearing 3d platforming icons in gaming history meeting in a game that blends elements from both, would go down very nicely.
Mario has often been thrown into the realm of spin-off games and crossovers but it appears in recent years that Zelda may go this way as well. With Hyrule Warriors, the old Tingle games, Link in Mario Kart and debatably the Four Swords/Triforce Heroes games it seems like Nintendo has no problem putting Link and friends in non-traditional Zelda games and so one idea I think might be good for Nintendo to tackle is the turn-based JRPG series. Mario has tackled this with both the old Paper Mario games and the Mario & Luigi series so now it is time for Link to take the stage. Just imagine a traditional Final Fantasy style game with a party made up of recognizable Zelda character. Link as the hero, Zelda as the white mage, Midna as the black mage and Impa as the warrior are just some of the ways Nintendo (& Square Enix) could fuse the to IP together. Of course, the game would have to be known as Hyrule Fantasy, an obvious fusion of Hyrule and Final Fantasy but also a sly nod to it’s original japanese name.
The currently established world of Xenoblade Chronicles X would lend itself perfectly to a Metroid crossover. If you watched the November 2015 Nintendo Direct, then chances are you remember Metroid being cited as an inspiration for the game. When you think about it, XCX has a few elements of Metroidvania, being a massive world(coincidentally, with a lot of similar backdrops to the first Metroid Prime; nature, desert, lava and ice lands) with places you can’t explore until you get the right upgrades(i.e. a Skell and later the flight module), swarming with massive creatures and a conflict vs an opposing alien faction, the difference being that XCX’s faction is led by Jabba The Hutt as opposed to a brain and ridley big space dragon.
Provided it’s handled carefully, the possibilities are numerous. How about a Skell-based fight against Meta Ridley or Kraid? Maybe an XCX styled recreation of the Omega Pirate? Just thinking of these ideas makes me giddy.