With the excellent Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle launching on Switch last year, as well as the upcoming Starlink: Battle for Atlas that is set to feature Star Fox's Fox McCloud and his trusty Arwing, it's clear that Nintendo has been rather open to other studios' ideas surrounding its franchises and property. Luckily for us, it seems that more crossover projects could well be in the pipeline.
Speaking to Waypoint, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has spoken about Nintendo's relationship with external development partners. When asked about the possibility of more collaborations appearing in the future, Reggie talked about Nintendo's "rich history" of partnerships and how the company is "always having those types of conversations".
"Nintendo has a rich history of partnering with other companies whether it's work we've done with Activision back with Skylanders and the access we gave them to some of our intellectual property. You've had Link show up in various fighting games in the past. I mean just look at Smash Bros. and the help that Mr. Sakurai is getting in the creation of that game."
"And so we have a legacy of working with partners. In the end though these relationships are based on a number of factors. One is a strong understanding of us as a company and the ways that we like to do business. Second is a strong understanding of the intellectual property that we might be talking about how that might be used. And then third, a mentality of, you know, how does one plus one become something big. We want to do things that are big. And I'm not going to, I'm not going to break news per se, but we're always having those types of conversations."
If conversations are always ongoing with other studios, it's possible that several crossover projects could be in development as we speak. Of course, Ubisoft has become a great partner in recent years with the two titles mentioned above, and Bandai Namco has had a big role in the development of the latest Super Smash Bros. titles, so it wouldn't be surprising to see these studios take on more projects in the future.
Would you like to see more crossovers? Are there any particular studios you'd like to see team up with Nintendo? Let us know your wildest thoughts in the comments below.
Wouldn't it be cool to see a partnership with CD Project Red? Imagine if they made the next Zelda.
Wow, we're getting a lot of news about Nintendo presidents today.
@G-Boy Maybe it's Nintendo President's Day? Is that a thing? I can't keep up with international recognition days ever since the Annual Chicken Purge of '09
Cho Aniki? In my Kirby game? More at 11!
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zelda verse rabbits, make it happen
Animal Assassins Crossing
There are plenty of cross overs that would be cool. But the more I think of it, the more I prefer Nintendo games crossing over with other Nintendo games. How about a Splatoon side scrolling platformer? Or Pokemon Animal Crossing?
But I am sure all of us wanted to see Samus and Master Chief on screen together at some point.
Grand Theft Kart
I'd leave Zelda with Nintendo, but a spin off with Falco as the main character in a futuristic universe like Cyberpunk 2077 would be insane.
@G-Boy It was the 78th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders today
The Elder Scrolls of Hyrule?
I'd love a Mushroom Kingdom Warriors. Or a Mario + Pokémon crossover somehow. Or Mario + Final Fantasy. Super Mario RPG 2 anyone?
Whatever they come up with, I do hope they're at least half as fun as Mario + Rabbids!
The Binding of Kirby
@MattFox The problem is when Link inters a portal into the Temple of Time and starts seeing past events occuring again, and sees the future happening in a twisted fusion of repeated events, events clearly showing a different future, and a bending of the world itself, there would be no way to know if it's part of the story, or just time to load an old save.
Also, Link would finally have a voice. And the bokoblins, moblins, Like Likes, and Navi would all have the same voice actor. FUS DO HEYAH!
@FragRed "Animal Assassins Crossing"
The problem with that one is....wait...actually....there's absolutely no problem at all. Yes. YES! DO IT NINTENDO! TAKE MY MONEY! Nook, today you get yours! Everything is permitted..........
God of Wario
Grand theft pokemon.
metal gear fox.
Super Mario ball Z.
The incredible SHulk.
Also marvel has Captain marvel, Nintendos crossover with marvel = Captain Falcon, he would fit in easily.
Alien vs Samus (Predator) would be cool to see samus hunt for Alien.
Luigi in Ghostbusters with a vacuum lol.
Metal Gear Splatoon
So it'll take a Link romance option to get Dragon Age on Switch.
@Rhaoulos Normally I would agree, but remember Oracle of Ages/Seasons, and Minish Cap? Those are some amazing games.
I want to see Link punch Hitler in the face on Zeldastein 3.
Ok o know it not the same but a game with both Samus and Captain Falcon
The Mushroom World, 2018. Mario Mario has never been a perfect man. Violence, greed, trickery and lies - he's indulged in them all to protect his adopted home. But when the Mushroom Kingdom is annihilated and the Princess murdered by Bowser and his men, this humble Italian plumber quits playing nice.
With his cowardly brother, his overeager girlfriend (and all of her finest soilders), and the deranged Waluigi in tow, the newly-christened Mushroom Mafia will do whatever it takes to bring down Bowser, now in control of half the world. Be it ludicrous heists, vicious shootouts, or illict dealings - nothing's off the table.
Rockstar North and Nintendo proudly present... Grand Theft Auto: The Mushroom Mafia. Coming next Christmas exclusively to Nintendo Switch.
I'd love to get another Mario RPG game. It's worth mentioning that SE is going to have a division of the company making games exclusively for the Switch.
Imagine the Bravely/Octopath talents using Nintendo IP in their next game.
@bratzdoll "So it'll take a Link romance option to get Dragon Age on Switch." if it's a Bioware game it would need to be a Tingle romance option.
@Ralizah "Imagine the Bravely/Octopath talents using Nintendo IP in their next game." That's actually brilliant. For 30 years we've been told to save the princess from bowser, again and again. In the next SE-Mario crossover RPG from the BD team, we can save the princess from bowser 30 times in the same game!
Fallout: Fire Emblem meltdown.
@NEStalgia I guess that's what you get for asking the Steins;Gate scenario writer to create your story.
Honestly would rather just have a new Star Fox game.
That goes for any collab where a third party borrows a Nintendo character to shoehorn into their mediocre game.
I would murder for a Capcom x Nintendo game, made by Capcom, that pits Capcom and Nintendo characters against one another in Powerstone 2 like stages. MURDER!
We're talking about crossovers, not co-developing a game.
You'll always need Nintendo's magic to ensure the quality of a full-fat Zelda.
You could also add HD and 3DS remasters to your list, which were of great quality, but the original games were (co-)developed by Nintendo.
Fox makes sense in a space battle game.
Mario + Rabbids was a surprise and it turned out to be awesome.
Smash is just a jolly mess built around Nintendo franchises with guests... a lot of guests
Zelda or Link don't make any sense to me outside Hyrule, Lorule, Termina or anything in the Zelda universe. I know Link appeared Soulcalibur 2 but it was for the sake of having an exclusive character on the NGC.
@Rhaoulos I wouldn't mind a Switch version of Soul Calibur 6 with Nintendo characters or even costumes.
@Rhaoulos Does Bayonetta's "Peach as a stripper" costume count?
@LUIGITORNADO Except nobody liked the last few Starfox games and Starlink actually looks like Starfox should have looked for 20 years.... I don't think they borrowed Fox. I think they unofficially made a Starfox game like a fan project that happens to be one of the big 3 publishers, and then finally said "screw it, we have Miyamoto's phone number, let's just license Fox already...." When I saw starlink last year I didn't care really at all. When I saw it this year and watched that boss battle on Treehouse I was like "OMG, it's the first boss battle from the OG SNES Fox in 3D!" Even on the PS4 set without Fox, it's still a Starfox game with an asset swap
Platinum Games to make a KI:Uprising sequel!
Or Sora to do one that crosses into other franchises, Subspace (or Kingdom Hearts style)
I reckon they will sneak Samus into Star Link though.
Bayonnetta can very well be a Nintendo fan and make her own cosplay.
I would totally love that. Since Mario + Rabbids and Samus Returns were so great, I’d like more third party devs to take the reigns of several Nintendo franchises
@NEStalgia All I see is another toy game.
If Nintendo took the ideas of Star Fox Assault's hop in and out vehicle combat and built from that using modern game designs, instead of just remaking the original Star Fox over and over again, I'm confident that Star Fox could be great again.
After 12 years i still play SSX4: On Tour originally for GameCube ... now i play'em at WiiU :-3 But I cant forget NBA Street V3 for GameCube too.
How about Pikmen x Pokemon? Mic drop
Please let Shin'en handle the next F-Zero. I'm just sayin', the group clearly knows how to handle Nintendo's hardware, and the F.A.S.T. series has been a decent diversion from the F-Zero series. Let's DO this, Nintendo, please
@LUIGITORNADO Last year I saw it as another toy game, which is hysterical since toys 2 life are kind of a dead thing, but this year, it's very clear it's a "fanmade fox game" and the fans just happen to be at ubisoft. I trust the starfox game I see more than the one that Nintendo hasn't managed to produce for decades Ultimately I think what we think Starfox should be isn't what Nintendo thinks it should be. Much like Chrono Trigger.
A Wario Land x Kirby game could be a bit too on the nose, but could be hilarious to play.
How about a Wario x Any EA game crossover?
I just want a Tokyo Mirage Sessions port or sequel for the Switch
'You've had Link show up in various fighting games in the past. I mean just look at Smash Bros.'
He's talking about third party studios and then he mentions Smash, a Nintendo game?
I think he actually meant Soul Calibur, as that's where Link made a guest appearance.
I'd love to see the halo and metroid universes come together!
MARIO X SONIC 3D SANDBOX/OPEN WORLD PLATFORMER
This is just making me want soul calibur (even a port of II HD) all the more.
Although I find it odd that we don't take 3rd parties to task over not bringing games to nintendo platforms. It isn't feasible for Nintendo to pay every dev for a port. Yes there is a cost to the devs to build switch teams and put in the effort but if we dont hold them accountable they can just go "something something no audience" and move on.
@shani he transitioned from one thought to the next using fighting games as the pivot point. With the fact that nintendo works with 3rd parties as the context for both statements.
Link being in a fighting game as a guest character is soul calibur II, but he uses that to spring board to Smash having MANY guest characters, which all require talking to their IP holders. Easier convos to be sure as Nintendo/HAL/Bamco do the heavy lifting rather than Bamco porting SCVI and tossing in link for the switch or something like that. But either way Reggie said that to illustrate that nintendo has talks with various companies...nobody made him limit the convo to third party made games only. (bamco fills the role of a second party dev for smash since nintendo is paying them for grunt work but none of their franchises are involved). EDIT: Yeah yeah, pacman. Put mitsurugi up there and I'll care.
@MarioFan02 I detest GTA but I think I would play that...
@Ryu_Niiyama (bamco fills the role of a second party dev for smash since nintendo is paying them for grunt work but none of their franchises are involved).
@Ryu_Niiyama Ah now it makes sense, thanks! But he should've made that clear in the first place.
@MarioFan02 I like GTA and I would love to play that!
@NEStalgia K, I should have clarified... as in they aren't putting their 1st party dev'ed games on the switch. Such as SC VI (Or ports of IV or II...V didn't happen.). This is just me really being a salty FG fan....
@Ryu_Niiyama but who needs sc when there's smash... The most srs fg ever put into competition? The holy cow of frame by frame precision?
"But I am sure all of us wanted to see Samus and Master Chief on screen together at some point."
Nope. Samus is a character I really like, and so is the Metroid Universe. I couldn't care less about the Halo Universe and Master Chief, and even if both are sci fi and have aliens, I don't see them fitting well.
@LUIGITORNADO "If Nintendo took the ideas of Star Fox Assault's hop in and out vehicle combat and built from that using modern game designs, instead of just remaking the original Star Fox over and over again, I'm confident that Star Fox could be great again."
@NEStalgia I supported Starlink since the beginning... until I saw the gameplay. I don't see any Star Fox succesor there. All I saw was a bullet sponge third person shooter disguised as one. The ships were hovering all the time way too close from the ground, there was no feeling of speed, no acrobatics, no point in moving and attacking from other angles and no consequence in crashing against land or enemies. During the fights, the ships simply moved one side to another shooting for a long while without the need of dodging and losing the locked on targets or anything that would actually make you feel like you are piloting a fast ship. It's a shame because I liked the concept quite a lot, but I don't think they'll manage to change that before release since it's pretty much the core gameplay.
@roy130390 The have a lot in common and I think they could crossover well.
@Heavyarms55 I Agree to disagree in this mate.
@roy130390 sigh Fair enough. Agree to disagree.
Lmao that may have been one of the best ideas I've heard on here! If you can get that going, I will help your Kickstarter
@gameboy1975 Did you mean The Binding of Kirby? I like the thought of Kirby stealing the abilities of all the disgusting abominations from Isaac, and using them to fight through a grim dungeon.
Yes, I am definitely talking about your Binding of Kirby madness lol.
Heh, don't hold your breath waiting for the crowdfunding pitch though!
I'd love to see more crossovers, that'd be cool.
Just... just YES.
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