Top Ten: Nintendo Crossovers

The best mashups in Nintendo history!

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

6) Mario and Donkey Kong, Together Again

Donkey Kong (Game Boy, 1994), Mario Vs. Donkey Kong (Game Boy Advance, 2004)

It’s only really happened twice, as the series now is almost unrecognizable compared to its original incarnation, but Nintendo struck gold by going back to its roots with Donkey Kong on Game Boy (or Donkey Kong ’94 as it’s more often called). Like the arcade game of the same name, Donkey Kong saw Mario and DK at odds once more, but Nintendo switched things up by introducing platforming puzzle action. Mario had a bevy of new moves to unleash on his original nemesis, careening through an array of obstacles in order to get through each stage. Ten years later when Mario Vs. Donkey Kong dropped, the same irresistible gameplay of DK ’94 returned, but was amped up to eleven on the more powerful Game Boy Advance. The later games in the series are fun, but these two are some of the best crossovers to feature Nintendo’s forefathers.

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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.

    • 1291 points
      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.

  • 745 points
    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.

    • 1291 points
      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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