When worlds collide: the best gaming crossovers of all time
The virtual world offers great opportunities for multiverse fantasies to become reality. Whether through special events or in-game skins, we geeks love it when franchises cross paths, allowing characters from different stories to intersect. Where else are you going to ask your favorite superhero to meet a Jedi, or Sephiroth to meet Pikachu? Here are our picks for the best and most epic game crossovers of all time.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The ultimate edition of Super Smash Bros. features read more here Nintendo history and more. Browsing the list of over 80 playable game characters from Mario-verse, Donkey Kong and Star Fox, you'll feel like you're walking through video game history. You'll also find characters from popular game titles Persona, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy, Animal Crossing, Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, Metal Gear and Pokémon. More recently, they've even added Final Fantasy VII's big bad Sephiroth to the game.
It sounds like a dream, but if you've ever wanted to wander around a universe that has both Final Fantasy and Disney princesses, Kingdom Hearts is the game for you. This collaboration between Square Enix and Disney features characters from the best of both worlds, from Tifa Lockhart to Mickey Mouse, and from Yuna to Jack Sparrow. Not only will you meet these characters, but you'll often play a part in their stories.
Marvel vs. Capcom
One of the longest-running crossover fighting games, the franchise has featured over 100 playable characters from the Marvel universe and Capcom history. With Marvel's recent rise to prominence over the past decade, the Marvel vs. Capcom community has even more to look forward to. In addition to the wide range of characters that make for colorful matches, the series has also been praised for its gameplay and visuals, a key reason why it has stood the test of time!
Not only does this game expand Jin Kazama's demonic lineage by introducing his grandmother, but Bandai Namco has also managed to involve Street Fighter's Akuma in Mishima's story?
Tekken 7's character roster is the most creative, with guest characters from other fighting games, such as Akuma and Geese from Fatal Fury: King of Fighters. Although borrowing from another fighting game doesn't seem too far-fetched, you'll also see Negan from The Walking Dead with his memorable spiked bat and Noctis from Final Fantasy in the game.
Continuing the list of fighting games with crossover characters is Soulcalibur. It shouldn't be too surprising that some Tekken characters like Heihachi, Devil Jin and Yoshimitsu appear in the Soulcalibur games, given that both games are under Bandai Namco.
But what makes the game memorable are the appearances of popular RPG characters like Link from Legend of Zelda, Ezio from Assassin's Creed, Kratos from God of War, Geralt from The Witcher series and... Darth Vader?
Yes, Soulcalibur IV is best known for carrying three characters from the Star Wars universe - Darth Vader, Yoda and the apprentice, aka Starkiller, from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The Star Wars universe even created a Soulcalibur-centric story in the Star Wars: Infinities series!
The ultimate crossover game, it's not just game worlds that collide in this battle royale. By now, everyone knows just how crazy the game's skins can get, from superheroes and Ghostbusters to sports characters and John Wick. The game also features a Party Island Royale, a social space where players can enjoy online concerts and watch movies.
Fortnite has collaborated with TV series like Stranger Things and The Walking Dead, and allowed the Marvel and DC universes to exist on the same plane. They even helped reveal Palpatine for Star Wars Episode XI: The Skywalker Ascension.
Clearly, Fortnite isn't just about crossover games; it's breaking the fourth wall and crossing over into real life too!
This game uses the famous LEGO figurines to create a universe where characters from different franchises, such as Batman, Harry Potter, Jurassic World and many others, coexist in an adventure full of humor and puzzles.
One of the unique aspects of LEGO Dimensions is the concept of "Toy Pads" and "Fun Packs". Players place LEGO figurines on the Toy Pad, which is connected to the game console, to make the corresponding characters appear on the screen. Fun Packs, which include a figurine and an accessory, enable players to add new characters and game elements to their collection.