Top Ten: Nintendo Crossovers

The best mashups in Nintendo history!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 09/27/2014 12:00 4 Comments     ShareThis

5) Samus and Link Sleepover

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES, 1996)

Square really went nuts making Super Mario RPG. Being Mario’s first roleplaying game was a big deal, and given its incredible production values and gameplay, there’s no doubt that Nintendo and Square wanted that to show in every pixel. Still, as epic as Super Mario RPG is, Square didn’t forget to have some fun, too. Easy to miss, but so worth the trouble to spot, both Link and Samus make small cameos in the game. Both are in beds, resting up for their next adventure: Link doesn’t speak, but does offer a familiar Zelda tone when Mario approaches him, and when Samus is neared, the bounty hunter pauses before replying that she’s resting up for Mother Brain. These cameos are actually fairly significant, as the trio had never interacted together in a single game before that point.


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4 Responses to “Top Ten: Nintendo Crossovers”

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    OG75 says...

    Hmmm.. This list has me pondering the differences between “crossovers” and “cameo appearances” due to number 5.

    That being said, thanks for the great read Robert!

    Depending on what we’re talking about here, my own personal list might include NES Remix, as well as those bizarre Mario appearances on the Gamecube EA Sports games (“SSX On Tour” and “NBA Street V3”) Having Mario, Luigi and Princess play hoops against Carmelo Anthony and other NBA stars on an urban basketball court is just strange. Very unique and surreal.

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      Robert Marrujo says...

      In my defense, I will say that I did note that “key cameos” would be on the list, lolol. Glad you liked it! I thought about those appearances, too. I also weighed Mario and Sonic Olympics, but Smash felt like the better one to represent that intermingling.

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    OG75 says...

    My bad for not noticing your “key cameos” comment on your intro. That’s just sloppy on my part. Apologies! Again, Loved the list! Not sure how you manage to consistently churn out so many great features. Nintendojo is better for it.

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      Robert Marrujo says...

      Thanks OG! I’m just lucky I work with such great people here, I think we all feed off of each other’s energy and it makes us write better. Keep reading, and we’ll keep trying to do a great job for all of you.

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