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Feature: Crazy Nintendo Crossovers We'd Like to See

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As strange crossovers go, Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition is right up there. Reactions at Pokémon Conquest's announcement ranged from confused mutterings to gasps of wonder at the possibilities. Yet for all the weirdness, it actually turned out brilliantly – whoever came up with the idea of mixing up an old school strategy RPG with the super popular monster mash deserves some kind of medal. It got us thinking – which other franchises could work together to deliver fresh experiences or bring obscure properties into the limelight? There are surely some more nuggets of gold to be found in absurdity. Here are a few ideas – and no, there are no mentions of Metroid X Star Fox.

Pokémon aren't the only Nintendo characters suitable for an invasion of the strategy genre: taking Wario and his Ware cohorts to the battlefield could result in a game like no other. WarioWars could march the flatulent one and friends into the world of Advance Wars to engage in turn-based warfare against Captain Syrup's band of pirates. Throwing these two greedy hosts up against one another could only mean one thing: this war is over money, hidden away in caves that must be defended, assaulted or raced towards.

As you stumbled around the board, you'd have to dodge obstacles and traps left behind by opponents. And what better way to deal with these hazards than through the quick-fire five second micro-games that Wario is famous for? Wander through a woodland section and a bear might appear that needs to be scared off; you might need to proffer a fish to a troll to cross over his bridge. Encounter an enemy and you could pick your nose at them — as is WarioWare tradition. Fail a micro-game, lose a unit; win and you avoid the danger or take down an enemy character. By haphazardly mixing quick wits with thoughtful planning and lashings of Wario's bizarre humour, this could definitely make a play for strangest strategy game ever.

With only one headline game under his belt, Billy Hatcher has been hidden in the shadows for a long time – probably rightfully. In the original GameCube title Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, Billy rolled massive eggs around, using them to smash through enemies and obstacles. By rolling up enough fruit the eggs could be hatched – and who likes fruit more than Yoshi? With a little help from Nintendo's well-loved dino icon, SEGA's chicken child could have a chance to scramble to wider recognition.

It could work similarly to Billy's own game, initially, scooping up tasty treats with the aid of the egg. Once grown to maturity, though, Billy could rest his arms by hopping onto the back of a freshly hatched Yoshi to traverse the world in a way that would make Mario proud, using all of the green dinosaur's trademark tricks, from tongue flicking to flutter jumping. And since Yoshi is quick to lay after gobbling a few enemies and apples, perhaps Billy could have a go at commanding endless eggs as they go along, eventually amassing a small army of Yoshi helpers. Though really, does anybody actually want to see Billy Hatcher ever again?

Bonsai Barber is a rather good WiiWare game that seemed ripe for success, but it's probably not a title that you could say ever gained widespread popularity. But maybe the hair-clipping concept is deserving of another chance – and setting a new entry within the Mushroom Kingdom with a whole host of familiar faces and hairdos to destroy could be huge. Enter Bowser, probably the beast that you would least trust with your head.

After realising that he's never likely to best his plumber rival while trying to dominate the world, Bowser sets up shop as the Mushroom Kingdom's premier hairdresser. Despite the constant abduction attempts that litter his past, people actually choose to visit his shop, and from there he can realise his latest nefarious plan – mess up Mario's mop and win Princess Peach's heart through the power of ridicule. Each day you'd have a line up of appointments, each with different hair style requests, but in reality you could just do whatever you wanted and experiment with hilarious looks on your favourite characters without worrying about the consequences – because really, who's going to argue with an enormous fire-breathing monster when he's got a claw to their scalp? Expect lots of Toads with dreadlocks.

Guitar Hero, a presently defunct rhythm series that far outstayed its welcome with too many releases in a short window of time; No More Heroes, a bloody action franchise that has fans begging for more after just two entries. Brought together by a common love of music, No More Guitar Heroes could be the rhythm-action game of your most violent dreams.

Tired of the assassin's life but unable to leave his brutal tendencies behind, Travis Touchdown is trying to become the most popular punk musician in the world the only way he knows how – by battling rival musicians to the death for chart places. Fights, taking place in the background, would be enacted by hitting the right buttons on overlaid Guitar Hero lanes instead of controlling Travis directly – the most extensive, trying rhythmic quick time events you've ever encountered. More than heavy metal would be shredded if you hit the notes accurately, and once a foe is battered down enough they could be finished off with one final killer riff. In between battles you'd bumble around town, playing odd job gigs to earn money so as to buy far more t-shirts than any sane man could ever need.

What ridiculous crossovers would you like to play, and how would they work? Have you always envisioned Pikmin and Cooking Mama working together in the kitchen? Would you buy A Boy and His Blox, a Tetris-themed 2D platformer? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Bankai

#2

Bankai said:

"it turned out brilliantly"?

Uh, no. Pokemon Conquest might have done the Pokemon bit ok, but it was an insult to fans of Nobunaga's Ambition.

So, as a crossover, it failed miserably.

DreaddJester

#3

DreaddJester said:

Harvest Moon / Monster Hunter......... Oh wait, that would also be called an amped up version of Rune Factory......... Oh, and make it an online game.

mamp

#4

mamp said:

I hope this list wasn't serious because it's the worst crossover list I've seen so far on the internet. No More Guitar Heroes, really!?

Wildfire

#5

Wildfire said:

Metroid X Starfox would still be better than any of those crossovers that you came up with!

rogue_agent

#6

rogue_agent said:

I think WarioWars beats the other crossover ideas by a mile. That would be a great concept.

MAB

#7

MAB said:

The only one I can think of that would net alot of cash and should of been done along time ago is a painfully obvious Mario & Sonic platformer ;)

Dr Egg takes over mushroom kingdom & Bowser steals all the chaos emeralds... Choose a character from Sonic, Mario, Tails, Luigi, Peach, Amy, Knuckles, Toad then go a massive 100 hour Mario World map full of secrets, twists and turns through each mascots levels complete with towns and sidequests.

DreaddJester

#8

DreaddJester said:

Can't argue that one MadAussie. Sounds like a ton of fun, especially if each playable character actually plays differently so the playstyle actually feels a bit different depending on which character you play. Please no 20 different colored Yoshi's as secret unlockable characters..........

Stuffgamer1

#10

Stuffgamer1 said:

@LollipopChoSaw: Dang, screen name changes are confusing. Good thing you have a signature avatar and writing style, Waltz. ;)

Anyway, if you expected Pokemon Conquest to be anything BUT a disappointment for Nobunaga's Ambition fans, you're nuts. What's amazing is that it's actually a pretty good game for Pokemon fans...which I was not expecting. I understand it dumbs down the strategy...but this is necessary to have broad appeal which is necessary to be Pokemon. I mean seriously, a hardcore strategy game with Pokemon? Not gonna happen. Who knows? Maybe a few random Pokefans will look into the REAL series as a step up from this. Probably not, though. :P

Yasume

#11

Yasume said:

I love crossovers, I'd buy all of the above mentioned games if they existed. Especially Bowser Barber.xD

JayceJa

#12

JayceJa said:

id like a game where various nintendo characters from all genres beat each other up

misswliu81

#14

misswliu81 said:

bayonetta meets metroid
fire emblem meets legend of zelda
rhythm thief meets professor layton

DestinyMan

#15

DestinyMan said:

Oh, my goodness, I'd buy WarioWars in a heartbeat! That's definitely the best idea out of that list. Finally, Kat's and Ana's ninjas would go to war with Captain Syrup's pirates. Now I'm going to be picturing what such a game would look like in action...

Scollurio

#17

Scollurio said:

LOL

I'd like to See
Mario Allstars DOTA
Sega VS Nintendo (settling that 80ies wars once and for all)
The Legend of Samus (Metroid game like action rpg in Zelda-style)
Golden Sun VS Chrono Trigger
Super Street Brothers Smashup 5000 (Streetfighter VS Nintendo)
Nintendo's Girl Brawl (Female only Nintendo Wrestler)
;)

NintendoMaster

#19

NintendoMaster said:

Bowser Barber... that would be cool. You could shave Wario, Waluigi, Mario, Luigi, and.................. Peach.

misswliu81

#20

misswliu81 said:

@Scollurio i've been dying to see a sega vs nintendo game made- that would be a big seller!

also want to add kirby and staffy crossover, mario and sonic all-stars racing and warioware/rhythm heaven.

Drewroxsox

#22

Drewroxsox said:

Where is the Mario and Sonic platform game? That would be awesome, as long as it has a better story line than M&S@ the London 2012 Olympic games. I bought the game the other day, and the story was so stupid, that it quickly became unplayable, which caused it to get returned and placed back on Gamestop's wall.
Maybe the story line is for 5 year olds, I don't know, but I did like the minigames.

k8sMum

#24

k8sMum said:

only idea i can think of is GTA/Mario Kart...no real racing, everyone just keeps stealing each other's vehicles. could be fun,depending how ramped up they went. :-p

WingedSnagret

#25

WingedSnagret said:

I'm actually half way through writing a Pikmin/Kid Icarus crossover (although I placed it in the Smash Bros category) FanFiction where Pit get sucked into a black hole and get thrown thousands of years into the future during the events of Pikmin 2. Would that count as crazy?

Klinny

#26

Klinny said:

Pokemon Conquest was brilliant if you had little or no knowledge of Nobunaga's Ambition. Had I been a fan of Nobunaga, I probably would have been crying in a corner. But I wasn't familiar with the series, and therefore the horribly inappropriate crossover brought me (and continues to bring me) an obscene amount of joy.

I would love to see a crossover between Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland and Harvest Moon. "Freshly-Picked Tingle's Frantic Farmland". Oh, the possibilities.

bro2dragons

#27

bro2dragons said:

You guys really leapt off the diving board with this one. I mean, I read through it all the way, so that says something about the entertainment value, but... tighten down them head screws. Haha :D

The Wario Wars idea, though... Yeah, I'd actually play the heck out of that.

Emaan

#28

Emaan said:

I love the WarioWars idea, its sounds the most fun to me. I've really wanted to see what kind of crossovers Nintendo could come up with for some time now. Hopefully something might come up soon. :D

TheBigHamlin

#30

TheBigHamlin said:

Mario loses his marbles from breaking too many blocks with his head and opens up a rift in the mario universe that connects with other famous nintendo worlds. Rpg style. You'd have samus, link, bowser, kirby, etc battling mario and his evil crew to save the whole nintendo universe.

HandheldGuru97

#31

HandheldGuru97 said:

SNK VS. Nintendo VS. Capcom VS. Marvel coming to a Wii U and 3DS near you...NEVER! This would be all kinds of awesome though.

misswliu81

#32

misswliu81 said:

space harrier meets sin and punishment meets kid icarus
earthbound meets animal crossing and fantasy life
pokemon meets streetfighter
donkey kong meets super monkey ball - i know, that'll be bananas! :-D
super robot wars meets chibi robo
golden sun meets shining force

NTELLIGENTMAN

#37

NTELLIGENTMAN said:

Dead or Alive X Virtua Fighter, Tournament of Legends X Castlevania Judgement, Darkstalkers X Castelvania Judgement, World Heroes X Time Killers, Samurai Shodown X Last Blade, Guilty Gear Judgement X Castlevania Judgement, Guilty Gear X BlazBlue, Conker X Gex, Croc X Kangaroo, Bushido Blade X Soul Calibur, Ty X Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid X Spy Fiction, Mission Impossible X Splinter Cell, Shinobi X Ninja Gaiden, Deadly Arts X Fighting Bujutsu, Mortal Kombat X Killer Instinct, A Boy And His Blob X Wii Fit, Marvel X D.C., Advance Wars X Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem X Kessen, Fire Emblem X Dynasty Warriors Tactics, Advance Wars X Army Men, Poke'mon Channel X Warioware, Poke'mon X Digimon, Digimon X Bakugan, Transformers X Custom Robo, TinStar X Custer's Last Stand LOL

misswliu81

#38

misswliu81 said:

space channel 5 meets warioware
super mario bros meets mass effect
megaman meets metroid
star tropics and uncharted
wave race and grand theft auto
captain rainbow and viewtiful joe in side- scrolling platform game

Xiao_Pai

#39

Xiao_Pai said:

Yeah Pokemon Conquest was fine...not the best game out there...but I enjoyed it. Failed it did not. >.>

shonenjump86

#40

shonenjump86 said:

Capcom vs Nintendo
Capcom vs Shonen Jump
Uncharted X Tomb Raider???
Sonic and Mario 2d platform game
Virtua Fighter vs Tekken

Xiao_Pai

#42

Xiao_Pai said:

I want a Super Smash Bros. All-Stars, you know...basically Smash Bros. But with ALL characters, regardless of what system. :p

shinpichu

#44

shinpichu said:

Lol @ "No More Guitar Heroes." Genius.

I want Nintendo to get in on the next "X" crossover (Project X Zone sequel). And am I the only one who kinda wants to see Pokemon do a crossover with Fire Emblem?

@Eureka They have that. It's called "MUGEN."

PuzzleMaster7

#45

PuzzleMaster7 said:

The only crossover that I really care about is Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. I know it's going to be published, but I just want to know when!

CowLaunch

#50

CowLaunch said:

Luigi's Playboy Mansion. Could finally see Mario's brother get the girls for a change.

Chunky_Droid

#52

Chunky_Droid said:

"it turned out brilliantly"?Uh, no. Pokemon Conquest might have done the Pokemon bit ok, but it was an insult to fans of Nobunaga's Ambition.So, as a crossover, it failed miserably.

Seriously, Waltz, get over it, I don't know anyone else that hated this game as much as you. You do know it's firstly a Pokemon game, and secondly a Nobunaga's Ambition game? That's why they named it Pokemon Conquest, not Nobunaga's Catch 'em All....

Think of it as a title that can actually get more people into games like Nobunaga's Ambition, a lite game as it were, I seriously scratch my head as to why you'd expect it to be any more than that.

nf_2

#54

nf_2 said:

Some really wonky ideas there... I'm not sure I'd buy any of those. ^___^
I'd be interested in a live action Fire Emblem; something along the lines of a Fire Emblem and Zelda crossover. I'm thinking selecting a group of characters and you choose one to control going into battle, which is based on Zelda: SS combat, although more free flowing (aka no memorizing patterns or obvious weak points).

ThreadShadow

#56

ThreadShadow said:

Donkey Kong Arcade + Mighty Flip Champs.
Super Metroid + Aya and the Cubes of Light.
Zelda II + Metroid"vania".
Double Dragon II + Elevator Action.
Elevator Action + Rolling Thunder.
Metroid + Megaman.
Megaman + Metroid.

Bankai

#57

Bankai said:

Apparently a lot of people here fail to understand that a cross-over game is meant to appeal to fans of both series.

You Pokenuts would be the first to cry and say it is a crap game if they nailed the Nobunaga bit and screwed up the Pokemon part. So here's an idea - read what I write next time an realise that, as one of the very few westerners who came into the game caring more about Nobunaga's Ambition than Pokemon, I've got legitimate cause to complain.

GigaNerd17

#62

GigaNerd17 said:

Billy Hatcher was an amazing game in my opinion, but I don't think a Yoshi crossover would work out all that well.

Chris720

#63

Chris720 said:

"I've got legitimate cause to complain."

Might be legitimate, but we don't want to hear it...

On-topic, none of these cross-overs would work well in my opinion... they're all kinds of junk. I've never found cross-overs to work all that well in the first place except for maybe a few rare good ones... maybe? Either way, it has to appeal to both fans and if it doesn't do that well it's doomed to failure.

For example, I like Advance Wars, but I'm not a fan of WarioWare.

OdnetninAges

#64

OdnetninAges said:

I would buy WarioWars and Billy Hatcher & Yoshi's Egg in a second!

BowserBarber... not my taste, but I'm suere other people would like it.

Chunky_Droid

#66

Chunky_Droid said:

"I've got legitimate cause to complain."

Sure, because you expected it to be more than something that the developers obviously had planned for it.

If it were a Final Fantasy Tactics/Nobunaga's Ambition title, I'd expect it to be a lot more hardcore. When it's a Nobunaga's Ambition title with Pokemon slapped into it, which appeals to children, I fail to see why you would expect something more from it.

Also, I guess you see Street Fighter X Tekken to be a failure because it's first and foremost a Street Fighter game, much like you'll see Tekken X Street Fighter to be a failure because it's a Tekken game?

Chunky_Droid

#67

Chunky_Droid said:

Also for the record, I have played Nobunaga's Ambition also, loved it, I love Pokemon too, also love any kind of tactics game, I also love this game, why? Because it's something my children are playing also, and my son is developing an interest for the more advanced titles now.

torotoid64

#68

torotoid64 said:

Whoever came up with no more guitar heroes should be eaten by a jelly monster full of poop -.- metroidXskyrim would make more sense then that

ianmage1

#69

ianmage1 said:

Mushroom Kingdom Hearts. Instead of going to Disney worlds, Sora visits the Mushroom Kingdom.

VincentV

#70

VincentV said:

No More Guitar Heroes was a good one. On Game Informer I recently read a humorous article on what happens to game characters after they get old.

retro_player_22

#71

retro_player_22 said:

How bout these:

1. Kid Icarus in Gargoyle's Quest (Firebrand and Pit team up).

2. The Legend of Zelda: Skies of Hyrule (A Skies of Arcadia Legends in Legend of Zelda taking place in Hyrule's future).

3. Wipeout Zero (Wipeout x F-Zero).

4. Yoshi's Dragon Quest (a Dragon Quest game starring an actual dragon).

5. Phantasy Star Tropics (Phantasy Star invade Star Tropics) or Phantasy Star Ocean for a better result.

6. Warriors Golden and Shining (a crossover RPG between Golden Sun and Shining Force).

7. Resident Evil: Zombies Ate My Neighbors (So many zombies how will Chris and Jill kill them all, two kids join their struggle).

8. NiGHTS: Journey Through Dream Land (NiGHTS and Kirby in one adventure).

9. Godzilla Rampage World Tour: Destroy All Monsters Mayhem (George, Lizzie, and Ralph, whatcha gonna do when Godzilla comes for you).

10. Street of Rage: The Final Fight (Adam, Axel and Blaze team-up with Cody, Haggar and Guy on a mission to kick-butt).

seronja

#73

seronja said:

perfect dark & 007
killer instinct vs mortal kombat
nintendo x sega all star racers starring rare
Extreme G Racing vs f-zero

Araknie

#74

Araknie said:

There's already the Game & Watch X Wario, i think i am right and also Nobunaga's Ambition X Pokèmon, to think just about recent games.

Oh and Prof Layton X Ace Attorney, right.

eviLaTtenDant

#75

eviLaTtenDant said:

A Boy and His Blox sounds like it could actually work. :o
/me wants Wario vs. Ghost Recon (More like the home console games, not the 3DS title.)

BulbasaurusRex

#76

BulbasaurusRex said:

Final Metroid Fight
Play as Samus or Anthony (or both in co-op play) in a Final Fight style beat-'em-up to stop the latest plot of the corrupted side of the Galactic Federation. Be careful how often you use your basic ranged weaponry, as it will cost you energy each time you do so. You'll need to fill up your special energy bar before you can use Samus's more advanced weaponry or Anthony's plasma rifle. Defeat the game fast enough and you'll unlock the ability to play as Zero Suit Samus.

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