Friday, 24 May 2024

10 Nintendo Crossovers We’d Like To See

When Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors, it surprised many fans. The idea of a crossover with Dynasty Warriors seemed out of character for Nintendo. However, the game turned out to be a success, blending the fast-paced action of Dynasty Warriors with a non-canonical Zelda story.

This got us thinking, what if Nintendo collaborated with other developers to create crossovers with their iconic series? While these crossovers may never happen, let’s dream and explore some possibilities.

Pokémon/Elder Scrolls

Imagine combining the exploration of the Elder Scrolls series with the world of Pokémon. The idea of searching for rare Pokémon in a vast open world is intriguing. You could embark on a journey to find the Legendary Birds or encounter Mewtwo through special hidden sidequests. Revamping the combat system to incorporate Pokéballs and allowing players to catch and summon Pokémon would complete the experience.

Zelda/Final Fantasy

The epic nature of Final Fantasy and the beloved world of Zelda could come together to create an amazing game. Imagine leading Link and his party on a quest to defeat Ganondorf. The combat system could be turn-based, similar to Final Fantasy X, but would work well with any style of gameplay. Players could experiment with different party combinations to find their optimal strategy. With the diverse cast of characters and the multitude of enemies in the Zelda series, this crossover would offer a lengthy and exciting adventure.

Kirby/LittleBigPlanet

Combining Kirby’s stellar platforming with LittleBigPlanet’s customization and community features would be a match made in heaven. Imagine designing levels for Kirby, decking him out in custom outfits, and sharing your creations with the Nintendo community. This crossover could be marketed as Kirby’s Epic Yarn 2, maintaining the family-friendly style of previous titles while embracing the art style seen in Yoshi’s Woolly World.

Star Fox/Super R-Type

While we eagerly await the new Star Fox game for Wii U, a side-scrolling space shooter spin-off could be a refreshing addition to the series. Taking inspiration from Super R-Type, this game would combine the team-based play of Star Fox with modern graphics and intense action. Including cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes would enhance the experience and provide endless hours of fun.

Metroid/Dead Space

With the last Metroid game receiving mixed reviews, it’s time for Samus to embark on a new adventure. Handing the series over to the team behind Dead Space, Visceral Games, could bring a fresh take on the franchise. Expanding on the desolate atmosphere and introducing more mature themes, this action-packed adventure would appeal to a wider audience and make the Wii U more enticing for adult gamers.

Super Smash Bros./DOTA

The iconic characters of Super Smash Bros. would be a perfect fit for the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre. The all-star cast could fill the roles of Heroes, with plenty of minion-like characters from the Mario franchise to add diversity to the matches. The movesets from Super Smash Bros. could seamlessly translate into the MOBA genre, with the Wii U GamePad touchscreen enhancing the console experience.

Pikmin/Starcraft

Pikmin’s RTS gameplay already lends itself well to the strategic mechanics found in Starcraft. While a campaign starring Olimar would be great, the true potential of this crossover lies in competitive multiplayer. Pitting armies of Pikmin against each other would lead to epic battles, requiring resource management and base construction. This crossover would breathe new life into both franchises and create a captivating competitive experience on the Wii U.

Donkey Kong/God of War

Donkey Kong’s platforming and brawling abilities make him a perfect fit for an action brawler. While the brutal nature of God of War may not be appropriate for a Donkey Kong game, incorporating its core mechanics, such as quick-time events, could result in exciting and unique gameplay. The game could feature light-hearted storytelling and inventive boss battles, offering an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Mario/Saints Row

Mario has done it all, except star in a true open-world adventure. Taking inspiration from the Saints Row franchise, an open-world game set in the Mushroom Kingdom could showcase Mario’s abilities in a new and expansive way. The game could feature missions, exploration, and crazy encounters with familiar characters. With special vehicles and an arsenal of power-ups, Mario’s open-world adventure would captivate players and offer a fresh take on the beloved franchise.

F-Zero/Mirror’s Edge

F-Zero, in need of a modern update, could benefit from a collaboration with DICE, the creators of Mirror’s Edge. The game would maintain the high-speed racing of F-Zero while introducing character-centric gameplay and parkour elements. Captain Falcon’s agility and combat skills would make for exciting gameplay, seamlessly transitioning from racing to hand-to-hand combat. With stunning visuals and exhilarating action, this crossover would revitalize the F-Zero series and captivate players.

Bonus: Zelda/Shadow of Mordor

While initially envisioning a Zelda game with Assassin’s Creed mechanics, the innovative Nemesis system in Shadow of Mordor makes it an even better fit. Imagine stealthily working your way through Hyrule, taking down Ganon’s Generals and witnessing the impact on the hierarchy of power. With a compelling story true to the Zelda lore, this game would provide a unique and immersive experience for Wii U owners.

FAQs

Q: Are these crossovers actually happening?
A: These crossovers are purely speculative and may never materialize.

Q: Will there be similar crossovers in the future?
A: While we can’t predict the future, collaborations between Nintendo and other developers are always a possibility.

Conclusion

Nintendo has proven that crossovers can be successful with games like Hyrule Warriors. These imaginative combinations of beloved franchises offer exciting possibilities and inspire our creativity. While we may never see these crossovers become a reality, it’s fun to imagine the incredible experiences they could offer.