Crossovers are a widely established concept within creative
media, merging different universes to bring in a wider appeal. Within gaming,
this can be as small as an easter egg but sometimes the idea expands into a
full game, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle being a recent example.
Fighting games are particularly susceptible to this, often featuring
guest appearances like The Walking Dead’s Negan in Tekken 7. Others titles even base
their entire roster on two universes crossing over, like Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
or Marvel Vs. Capcom.
Big publishers often keep this internal thought to not share any profits, bringing together their
own first party franchises together as a celebration of its history. Super
Smash Bros, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, Final Fantasy’s numerous spinoffs,
all notable instances that released to varying success.
This practice has also brought us some truly bizarre
moments though, taking characters out of their established settings and into something
a lot more peculiar. From fully-fledged crossover to simple cameos, here are
some of the stranger examples we’ve witnessed in gaming.
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