Hello and welcome back to yet another (belated) edition of Fan Service; where the best of fandom gets their props and the worst of fandom gets their knocks. Today is neither a prop or a knock but rather a discussion about the concept of crossovers and why fandoms of all types enjoy seeing this kind of thing happen. It seems like every fandom has that one game or one franchise that they’d love to see crossed over in some kind of adventure. However, it never seemed to occur to me to wonder just why there is such fervor for this. And in a console company like Nintendo, it’s a lot more common practice than most think… and I’m not just talking about Smash Bros.
So for those who have no idea what I’m talking about, a crossover is basically when two different franchises appear in a work together. It could apply to two fleshed-out franchises or franchises within franchises. The former is something like Smash Bros. or Marvel vs Capcom. The latter would be something within the Mario Party or Mario Kart field of things. They both fall into the “Throw a bunch of characters together for the hell of it” but one is more wide ranging while the latter is more insular.
So why exactly do people clamor for crossovers so much in fandom? There’s several reasons for this, actually. One of the reasons has to do with the “Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny” kind of trope (the song is great, but I’m talking of the trope) where people begin to debate things like “Who’s more badass? Captain Falcon or Samus?” or “Do you think Balloon Fighter could beat Pit in a race?” and also the ever popular “Mario or Sonic?” debates that heated up the schoolyards in the early 90s. Everybody wants to see these fantasies played out in one way or another. And the power of the crossover can make it happen.
We aren’t saying anything…
Another reason is shipping… because Rule 34 likes to punch us all in the face with sheer mental scarring, shipping between franchises is an inevitability. People want to ship all kinds of things together but I think there needs to be an official rule that if you are an angsty JRPG protagonist then you are automatically shipped with everything. No exceptions. Yes, even cups of tea and clouds. So much Final Fantasy crossover shipping and Fire Emblem… especially Fire Emblem characters in Smash Bros. They are shipped with EVERYTHING. It’s ridiculous. I’ve already covered this in the Joys of Crack Pairings but it has to be reiterated again. Probably the most popular ship I’ve seen is Snake/Samus. Then again, Smash Bros. was what made this one seem plausible.
Probably the biggest reason why everybody likes a crossover is because we just love the idea of worlds colliding for us. The reason everybody fondly remembers Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is because of the fact that it crossed over Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons. And quite honestly, we all wanted to see that happen (I’ve got to give the Nostalgia Critic some credit on this reason because it was his Disneycember review of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? that made this idea even cross into my mind). Every kid had wanted to see Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse interact. It’s the same idea with video games, particularly Nintendo. We all want to see Mario and Sonic team up for adventures. We all want to see what would happen if Link had to team up with Pit for an adventure. There’s several others ideas that we all have and I’m sure you all have far more creative ideas.
So this brings me to my proposal of what would be the ultimate video game (at least in Nintendo terms); I call it The Great Nintendo Crisis. It’s a combination of a platformer, an RPG, and an adventure game. And yes, the idea kind of came to me for the most part from both Kingdom Hearts and The Subspace Emissary single player game from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. You star as your Mii who is embarking on the World of Nintendo, which is this hub which leads you to the other franchises that choose to participate. (Doesn’t this sound likeNintendo Land? Great minds, Mel –Ed.) Before you can enjoy the day hopping from here and there, something happens and everything disappears. And you’re the only one there. A voice cries out to you, calling out for help. It hands you a key, the only thing that the voice was able to save. It seems that a dark wizard has imprisoned the world of Nintendo. And you have to set out and set free the franchises one by one.
Imagine a whole game of moments like this! We think Mel needs a development team, stat.
The other Nintendo characters are playable once you set them free. You get a limit of 6 characters in your party and you can mix and choose in any manner. So if you’re someone who likes Luigi, you can pick Luigi. If you’re someone who wants to see an all badass team of Snake, Samus, and Captain Falcon (among others), then go right ahead. Each world has a boss, who is the Big Bad of each franchise begin controlled by the wizard and in the end you all have to unite together to defeat the wizard, but only you can make the killing shot.
Obviously, this would never happen. For one thing, licensing would be a pain in the ass to get even if it’s all within the Nintendo umbrella (well within reason). For another, the budget on this would be kind of crazy. And also, them taking a fan’s suggestion? Yeah right, that’d never happen in a million years. But it’s fun to dream, right? I still think that if it actually DID make this, it would make a killing due to everybody’s love of crossovers.
This was kind of what I was thinking when I was making the See You on Wii U, Kirby feature. It’s the ultimate kind of game that most fanboys and fangirls would love to see happen once or twice. And if any of you want to make some kind of fanfic about this, go right ahead! I’d love to see someone write this up! I may snark on fandom a lot, but I do enjoy it.
Well, that’s all for today’s edition of Fan Service. May your fandom get the props and avoid the knocks. And if you have any crossover ideas or love letters then feel free to comment!