The History of Fighting Game Guest Characters | Be My Guest
Can you believe this the two of us in the same house is this, a crossover, episode no, it's. Getting around man seriously. Though how, are you. The. Art of the crossover, is one of the oldest, tricks in the media playbook as we know it today from. Alpha and Gilligan's Island to, Uncle Jesse and Steve Urkel and even. Archie, and the Punisher for some reason taking. Two or more, big, franchises, and mashing them together to make one big crossover, piece of media is a surefire, way, to pop interest, in all fan bases and gaming. Is not immune, to this phenomenon, because you see even. In the last couple years we've had some great crossovers. From all over, video games of all types of genres racing. Sports. Simulation. Platforming. And even. More but, when a character crosses, over into fighting games or a fighting game character jumps between games, from, the same genre it feels, ever so, slightly, more special. Game, developers, need to work that much harder to faithfully, translate, characters, to their intricate systems of their, game while still keeping the guests integrity, intact, and separate, from the rest of the cast in this, video I'll analyze a few crossovers, and guest appearances that are good bad, and sometimes. Just plain old weird. I. Don't. Think that I can do a video about fighting, in crossovers, without mentioning what is arguably, the most famous one Super. Smash Brothers was released for the Nintendo 64 in, 1998. After the most exhausted. Man in gaming, Masahiro, Sakurai wanted. To make a four-player fighting, game he, figured that fighting games don't quite sell as well as other video game genres, so, to compensate he, threw in some famous Nintendo, characters in a prototype that he was building and had, them fight it out and the rest as, we know it is history. But. You know I might be a bit of a stickler here but it feels a bit lame to congratulate, Nintendo, on giving the okay to put their own characters, into, their own video, game so instead. I'd like, to focus on the one moment in Smash history that I thought altered the course of the series forever. The. Event was III 2006. At, the time Super, Smash Brothers for the Nintendo 64 was that system's eighth best selling game and super. Smash brothers melee was the GameCubes, number, one seller, moving 7 million. Copies, now. With the Nintendo Wii in its formative years the pressure was on to finally, show hardcore, gamers that Nintendo, had a lot more to offer them than just bowling with the family, and, whatever Red Steel was so. At an after-hours media, only briefing, Nintendo, unveiled a trailer for Super, Smash Brothers, Brawl and. With, this trailer Nintendo, started the slow and gradual. Change of the Smash Brothers series, from, being a simple showcase, of Nintendo's, vast catalog to a celebration of, gaming, as a whole, it. All started, right. Here. Shooting. Them. The. Announcement, of Solid Snake joining, the cast of Super Smash Brothers Brawl set, the internet, on fire. Snakes. Inclusion, in Smash is significant. In a few ways first, snake, was the very first third-party, playable, character announced, for the smash series, he's also the first character in the smash games from a series that's rated mature and his. Appearance is based off of the 2001, game Metal Gear Solid, 2 Sons, of Liberty which, to, this day has. Never been featured on a Nintendo, console, according. To an interview had a Okajima creator, of Metal Gear practically. Begged, for snake to be included in Smash and from, that point on all bets were off and it seemed like any game character, from any series, could join the fight at any moment, and, that was only reinforced, by the announcement, that Sonic, the Hedgehog, the company mascot of one of Nintendo's fiercest.
Former Rivals was joining the game's cast only a few months later when. The game did eventually make it to market fans of these series were delighted, to find that Nintendo did, right by these foreign franchises, giving, the characters varied and well thought-out movesets that emphasized their personalities. For, example snake really likes guns explosives, and weapons and Sonic, it's, gotta go fast. But. It doesn't stop there Nintendo. Threw in a bunch, of tributes, and fanservice for these games between the stickers trophies, stages. And music and even a special treat from Metal Gear Solid, fans on the Shadow Moses Island stage. Snake. You know who that is you're. Kidding, right it's. Mario, Mario. Made his first appearance in 1981. And since, then he's, become a worldwide, phenomenon, there's. Probably not a single person who doesn't know Mario he's. That famous. Good. Thing I survived, these. Days reveal, season, 4 Smash Brothers is one of the most looked forward to events of any, given gaming, generation, and since, snake and Sonic have joined the fight fans from all over the, gaming universe hang, on to each announcement with bated breath wondering, if a character from their favorite non Nintendo, game it's an invitation. To smash, the. Newest title in the series Super Smash Brothers ultimate, has a catchphrase that, is everyone. Is here, and that's more or less true with. More than a half-dozen third-party. Characters growing hands with Mario & Company and even, more cameos, that take the form of assist row fees and spirits with, even more on the way in the form of DLC, who. Knew that a proof of concept without, official approval from Nintendo, would go on to be one of the most ambitious crossovers. In all of videogame history and, when. You get right down to it the smash brothers roster, evolving, to include third parties is basically, analogous, of how, much better Nintendo, has gotten to catering to third parties and indie, Studios, I don't really have much proof for that claim but I'll say that we've come a long way. From the days of we we're. Making. My way back to fighting games without platforms, longtime. Watchers of my channel will remember that I talked about Street Fighter cross Tekken a collaboration. Between the number one 2d and 3d fighting, game franchises, for. Reasons that I laid out in this, video this, crossover, fighter which looked and played like a street fighter game didn't, quite take off the way that Bandai, Namco and Capcom were. Hoping it would one. Victim of the game's failure, was a Tekken team developed, Tekken style game named, you guessed it Tekken, cross, Street Fighter which, would have brought the world warriors into the third dimension for the first time since, the Street Fighter II X series the. Game's development was, put on ice around the time of Street Fighter 5s release but. Don't worry the Tekken team was continuing, work when a major update for the recently released Tekken 7, which will eventually feature, one of the most extensive. Integrations. Of a crossover character, into, another game series that I had ever seen, revealed. At the Tekken World Tour Finals in 2015, street, fighters Akuma. Was, announced as a new addition to Tekken 7 via the fated retribution update. According. To an interview with Tekken is Katsuhiro, Harada this. Crossover was in the works for years and took a lot of coordination with Capcom, in order to pull off as with. All of their characters, Akuma was built from the ground up from his model, costumes, and moveset without outside assistance from Capcom, in, order to keep as much Street, Fighter DNA, in Akuma, as possible, the Tekken team had, to go to the drawing board and figure out how they were going to faithfully.
Remake This character into, their game and here's, how they did it unlike. Most of the Tekken 7 cast Akuma, has a to gauge super, meter of which he can sacrifice half, the, - cancel out of an attack like FA DCs in Street, Fighter 4 but. The similarities, don't end there he has access to all of his special moves his normal, moves look and work the same as if they do in Street Fighter and the, way that Akuma utilizes, jumping, and pressure makes it seem like you're truly, controlling, a 2d character in a 3d space the. Tekken teams track record on the crossover characters that they put into Tekken 7 so far have been hit one, after, another from, piece noctus. And eventually. Negan. Each. Character, has been faithfully, translated into, tech at 7 but, what really pushes Akuma's inclusion, in over-the-top for me is that he, isn't just any regular guest character, because, harada-san, wants, every character in his game to have a real, reason to fight Akuma. Is actually, given a pretty significant. Purpose in the story mode of Tekken 7, here's. A quick spoiler warning so go to this time in the video if you want to steer clear of spoilers, for Tekken 7 story mode so. Accout was purpose in the Tekken universes, to fulfill the tasks given to him by Kazuma, Mishima, after she saved his life probably. Before the events of Tekken 1 that, task to kill, hey Hachi and Kazuya, Mishima the, only reason why he hasn't shown up before the seventh game is because he was quote, waiting. For them to get stronger, and that's. To me because I think Akuma wouldn't, have had any issues taking down the Mishima if they were at a weaker power level or didn't know how to properly, utilize the devil gene so, in a weird way by waiting to confront the me she was until, now Akuma. Is kind of the entire reason why Tekken exists in its current form at all which is wild. Considering, that Akuma, is a guest character from a rival fighting, game and with. The way that the story in Tekken 7 ends, I find, it hard to believe that, they won't mention him if they continue with the Mishima storyline, at Tec 8 all-in-all. Akuma, and Tekken 7 is a really, cool take upon an already, cool character and, I'm happy to highlight him as an example of a really well done crossover, character and as. For second cross Street Fighter Harada, has been keeping the hope alive but he's looking forward to that game's completion, recently. Saying in a recent interview that, the game is quote, 30%. Done and that, they could potentially, find the time to make the game if Tekken, 7 moved units which, it totally. Totally. Did.
Celebrity. Appearances, and fighting games are pretty notable because they have the traits of being number one incredibly, rare and number, two almost always, incredibly. Lame sure. You may get excited, for snake and smash brothers or Akuma in Tekken 7 but nobody ever talked about Fred Durst in a bike club game Bruce. Lee in the UFC games, or even the celebrity deathmatch fighting, game where the cast is made up of nothing but celebrities, the. Use of famous people in the fighting game genre has almost always ended. In disappointment. Except. For the Def Jam series but that's probably another topic for another video. Most. Celebs, really don't understand, or have that much time or respect for the medium of video games leading to less than inspired. Appearances. But, one game that you've probably, forgotten about, actually, has one of the strongest most. Interesting, celebrity casts that I've ever seen in a fighting game. Ready. To rumble boxing isn't your ordinary boxing. Game at least in 1999, this title featured an eclectic, mix out-of-this-world boxers, from the groovy afro, thunder to the intentionally, obnoxious, jr. flurry the. Game reviewed, well enough and garnered, enough support for a sequel just one year after this one launched but, one famous fan was so, enraptured, by the game that they wanted to play a special, role in the development of the next one that fan, none. Other than the King of Pop Michael Jackson. To. Those in the note this shouldn't, be a surprise Michael. Jackson was actually, a big-time. Gamer he, collected, games and consoles, set up his own arcade, at Neverland Ranch had, his own game on the Sega Genesis, helped compose the music for Sonic 3 and personally. Requested, to be put in the 1999. Rhythm games space channel 5 as the story. Goes as told by a manual Valdez, the lead artist for ready to rumble boxing round 2 Jackson, was put into the game as a playable fighter after weeks of discussion with the dev team at Midway he. Did the mocap for his taunts his own voice work and even got dressed in his iconic stage where to help the team with his texture modeling the. Result was a really, neat implementation. Of one of the most iconic and, most popular, famous people of all time when. The gloved one goes into his super powered rumble mode his feet start lighting up the floor he, attacks using all of his iconic dance moves and apparently he really, enjoyed how its participation, in the game turned out but. The celebrity, roster doesn't stop there, Shaquille. O'Neal coming off of his 2000. NBA MVP, winning, season, lint, his voice and appearance for the same game Shaq. Didn't go quite as far as Michael Jackson did in helping Midway but, he still played like what you'd expect Shaq, to play like in a boxing game big. Ol slow powerhouse, who likes to make references, to basketball. President. Bill Clinton, and First Lady Hillary Clinton, were absolutely, not. Featured, and ready to rumble boxing round two instead. Two characters with very similar traits, ages heights and appearances. Named mr. president, and the first lady were. And even. The lovable ring announcer Bruce Buffer gets in on the action as the, final boss of the game has the ever imposing. Rumble. Man ready. To rumble boxing round 2 was my personal, first exposure to crossovers. And video games and while they, may not have made the game any more fun to play I actually went back and played it for this video and man. Game did not age well back. Then these, guest characters, gave me some of my fondest. Memories as a wee, lad. Sticking. With boxing for just a little bit longer did you know that if you enter the code and macman in the character creator of Fight Night Round two for the Gamecube you will unlock a little back from super punch-out as a playable for oh my god. Jesus. Christ that's terrifying. Why does Little Mac look like he was stung by like a thousand, bees, look. At those eyes ah. Geez. Give. Me the heebie-jeebies let's move on. Yeah. Lastly. I wanted, to talk about the series that helped me get this channel it's start, Marvel. Vs., Capcom but. During the writing process of, this script I wondered exactly what. I would write about of, course the NBC series carries, a special place in the fighting game community's heart and it's, one of the most famous crossovers, idols to ever exist but. Both companies, share, top billing and none of these games treat any character, like a special, guest I couldn't. Talk about the history of the series or the games leading up to it like x-men children of the atom which did, feature an Akuma crossover, but I feel like that would be best suited, for another.
Video A topic. Like that seems a bit too broad and I do, eventually, want to make that video but. I'd rather give it the attention it deserves but, then it. Hit me there. Are four, characters, in the entirety, of the Marvel vs. Capcom series. Who, made their first appearances, in these games never, to be seen again outside of some very minor cameos, and because. Of that they somehow managed, to be special, guests, in a series that is basically, made up of special, guests for, the sake of clarity I'm not gonna include sonson, in this list file her nbc-2, incarnation, is technically. The granddaughter, of son son from the NES version of that game I feel like there's enough similarity, there as say that they're functionally, the same character. So. Starting with the weirdest, character exclusive, no tomorrow, is a parody, of Japanese, comedian Noritake, naxi I'm, not all that well-versed in the Japanese comedy, scene but this guy must have been a pretty big deal because. I've come partnered with him and his television show to make his own personal, fighting game character, originally. They were supposed, to slot this creation, in an upcoming Street Fighter game but, instead they fit no tomorrow and the next game Capcom, was set to release which, ended up being Marvel, Super Heroes vs.. Street Fighter, the. Best way that I can describe his playstyle as if you mashed up Phoenix right from Marvel 3 and peacock, from Skullgirls, dude, has some strong, keep-away tools and throws everything, including, the kitchen sink literally. To, keep you out of his personal space if this, is the first time you're seeing this guy there's, probably a good reason for that no, tomorrow was only, available for play in the Japanese, version of the game which makes sense for obvious reasons there's, evidence to suggest that this character was actually in late stages of being localized, for western audiences with translated, wind quotes and some, alterations, to his super combo animations, however. I get the feeling like throwing in a character, who is a take on an obscure, Japanese, comedian wasn't, all that appealing to Western audiences and thus. Nori. Mara was removed, from English versions of the game. Moving. On the next one shot character in the series isn't actually, playable, at all, it's, the final boss of Marvel, vs. Capcom 2, and the only completely, original boss character in the entire vs., series this, I'm. Actually a big fan of a business design, despite. Being an entirely original character, for NBC to every, phase of the abyss fight looks like something you could feasibly see, in a Marvel comic book his, backstory, is also, very Marvel s essentially, being the embodiment of the concept of entropy spurring. Characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes, to action phase. 1 of this fight is a big hulking armored body and phase 2 is this weird slimy, thing and eventually phase 3 is this big honkin, beast to. Me abyss is actually up there with some of the most fun boss fights that I've played in a fighting game abyss. Actually, can't be put into hits done so, he stands, there as you dish out of beating and I played a whole bunch of cable in Marvel, vs. Capcom 2, so being able to just stand there and throw, out a hyper Viper beam with the knowledge that it'll hit and melt the heck out of abyss is health bar is the, equivalent, of getting a nice new piece of technology and peeling, the plastic, off it's so just cool it's so satisfying. Next. Up is a character, that is a bit of an enigma, a mingo, is a sharp dressing, cactus, and has a name that sounds like, amigo. He, can shape-shift had, his home town wrecked by abyss looks, like a distant family member of Ludicolo, and he, kind of sucked in mvc2 despite, having the potential for some incredibly, succulent, pressure but.
Getting To the point this is basically all we know about him there's, a rumor that I found that mentions that a Mingo was supposed to feature in his own game that was eventually canceled but there's no sources leads, or otherwise, any information, on what that game could have been and no, confirmation from officials one way or the other you. Could say that capcom is really sticking, to their guns on that one there's. Talk of a Mingo potentially. Being a rejected Darkstalkers, character, which I actually think is a totally credible guess considering. That his attacks feature him expanding, contracting and, morphing which are all very dark, stock traits, but. Considering, the state of the dark stalkers franchise, that's probably a bit of a prickly, situation to bring up because Capcom. Hasn't even come out and said anything, confirming, or denying even that tiny fan theory a Mingo. Is so obscure, that even, in his official bio and the Marvel, vs. Capcom complete. Works artwork, he's listed as being of a mysterious. Origin, nobody. Knows if a Mingo will ever show up in another game but at, least this'll, be the day that he gets his shine. Lastly. Did you know that Marvel, vs. Capcom 2 had lore. Yeah. I didn't, neither where, as Ryu is the main character of the Street Fighter series and as scorpion, is from Mortal Kombat the, last character I'll talk about in this video the magic wielding Baroness of the seven seas ruby, heart is apparently. The main character, of mvc2, we. Can draw this conclusion from, a few different points of reference she. And cable both get the center spot in the character select screen for Capcom and Marvel respectively, you can see what is possibly, Rudy's ship hitting built in one stage and fighting, on that same ship in another she, appears smack-dab in the middle of this marketing poster alongside cable, and, when you beat the final boss your, reward is a series of images from Marvel and Capcom heroes, in pictures celebrating. And having a good time on Ruby ship but, Ruby Hart no not her, she's holding what is left of abyss and all-powerful, being, in her hand before, she's like nah, I'm sure I'll have chances, to shine another games before chucking, that thing off the ship and riding, off into the sunset it's.
Pretty, Heavily implied that she's actually the one shuttling, all of these fighters around the world to, stop this and his ambiguously, ambiguous, plot as it. Turns out unlike a Mingo, Ruby, Hart is allegedly, confirmed, by, former Capcom employees have Killian to have been a dark stalkers character that was left on the cutting room floor I'd. Love to show you the video but you stream a white, LED at once was. Unfortunately. Father time hasn't been too good to the seafaring, French woman she, was pinned in as one of the main characters, for what was supposed to be a pirate themed social, game in Japan named, Geico Kai Frontier however. That game was canceled after being stuck in development hell for at least three, these. Days ruby heart is still looking for her next big break and she could get it in the, Street Fighter series, ruby. Was given a fighter profile, on the shadow loot combat Research Institute, and. While this isn't exactly the Ruby. Heart the artist says that it's actually, a relative, so it's good to know that ruby hearts character design hasn't completely fallen off of Capcom's radar. So. That does it for this edition of my guest character series there's a ton, of amazing, crossovers, that I didn't come anywhere, close, to touching like the trio of guest characters from Soul Calibur 2 and a whole bunch of others so, expect a part two to this video sometime in the future in the, meantime if there are any great guest characters you'd like to see me cover in this style in that next video let, me know in the comments below subscribe. To me on youtube follow, me on Twitter and twitch and have, some fun in the comments I'll see you again next time.