Video game crossovers are always fun when they happen. The idea of two popular franchises merging together to create a potentially amazing game just gets fans excited. Gamers love to see how iconic characters from different universes would interact with each other if they met. Whether it be to stop their respective enemies that have teamed up, or to fix some world-altering dilemma, game crossover possibilities always manage to tease the imagination.
Nintendo is no stranger to teaming up with other companies to create interesting gaming concepts. These collaborations range from tiny easter eggs, such as including the champion’s outfit from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in Skyrim, to full-fledged games like Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. If crossovers like this can happen, imagine the untouched possibilities Nintendo could pursue. Well, here are three franchises that would crossover well with Nintendo
The Xenoblade Chronicles Series and Kingdom Hearts
RPG fans would probably want nothing more than to see these two wildly popular franchises merge. Who can blame them? Both series tell wonderful (albeit somewhat complex) stories and feature addicting gameplay. Sure, the combat in each differs drastically, but that shouldn’t stop Monolith Soft and Square Enix from reaching some compromise.
As for how the game would play, it really depends on which Xenoblade game would cross over with Kingdom Hearts. In terms of the first installment, Sora could easily visit Shulk’s world and play as a party member. For the second game, a scenario could be introduced where Sora becomes a blade for Rex and company, similar to how Shulk and Fiora were implemented earlier this year. Either way, this could work. Kingdom Hearts already involves traveling to different worlds, so having Sora visit Rex or Shulk’s world doesn’t seem far-fetched.
The stories of both franchises match as well. Both involve themes of friendship, good vs. evil, and protecting important loved ones. Both also contain happy-go-lucky protagonists that would do anything to help others. In the end, everything just seems to line up for a potential crossover. Not to mention, imagine a Monado-inspired Keyblade.
Donkey Kong and Banjo-Kazooie
This one is definitely on a lot of people’s wishlists. What better way to celebrate both Nintendo and Rare’s past by bringing two of Rare’s biggest creations together? Both have won the hearts of many gamers, so a game featuring them would surely sell gangbusters. Better yet, it would solidify the growing relationship that Nintendo and Microsoft (who currently owns Rare) have been brewing lately.
Donkey Kong and Banjo-Kazooie would blend seemlessly together. The game could work as a 3D platformer in the veins of both franchises’ Nintendo 64 days. It could incorporate collectibles from both series and feature remixed levels from across all of their games. Alternatively, the crossover could incorporate a 2D platformer style. It wouldn’t be too far of a stretch. If Mario and the Rabbids can star in a strategy game, DK, Banjo, and Kazooie can star in a 2D platformer.
When it comes to the reasoning behind merging these two worlds, it seems that an original story would work best. Sure, you could probably find a tie-in somewhere to bring these characters together, but something new would get more players intrigued. A new villain could be introduced that requires the protagonists to team-up in order to defeat him/her. Needless to say, Donkey Kong and Banjo-Kazooie are a match made in heaven.
Mario and Crash Bandicoot
Okay, before you completely dismiss this idea, think about it. Both the Mario and Crash Bandicoot franchises have seen critical success recently. Super Mario Odyssey is currently the best-selling Nintendo Switch Game ever, while the Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy has reached the top of sales charts in both the U.S. and Europe. What do you do in this situation? Bring the plumber and the bandicoot together to create a gaming phenomenon!
The idea could work in either series’ respective style, but it would probably work best in an open-world platformer. Developers could integrate puzzles that require skills possessed by both Mario and Crash. Another concept could feature a turn-based RPG. Yes, it sounds completely out there, but some of the greatest ideas start of that way. Each character could possess different move sets like Crash’s spin and Mario’s iconic jumping.
Ultimately, the in-game reason for this particular crossover is trivial. Anything the developers decide on will likely work for fans, so long as it stays true to the wacky nature of both series. In a situation like this, gameplay would trump lore, just as long as there is some kind of reason for the two to meet. Don’t just throw Mario and Crash in a room and not give us an explanation. This crossover makes so much sense that it wouldn’t be surprising if Nintendo and Activision were working on it right now.
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Oscar is a writer for Culture of Gaming. He is an aspiring video game journalist that follows anything and everything Nintendo. His favorite franchises consist of Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts.