The Microsoft + Nintendo crossovers that need to happen – Reader’s Feature

A reader tries to imagine Microsoft and Nintendo becoming best friends, and mash-ups including Halo and Metroid or Zelda and Fable.

This month sees the release of Xbox exclusive Cuphead on the Nintendo Switch, which is rumoured to be the first of several exclusive Xbox games coming to Switch, ahead of Microsoft characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Xbox Live and perhaps even Game Pass on Switch. How much of this is true (and how much Nintendo will back out of at the last minute, as they often do) remains to be seen but it’s clear that Microsoft and Nintendo have never gotten on better than they are at the moment.

But could it go further? Could we see co-developed games and crossovers between their biggest franchises? Probably not, to be honest, but I’ve imagined them anyway…

Halo x Metroid Prime

Probably the most obvious one, in that they’re both well-known first person stars who have kind of similar-looking space suits. Plus, they’re a man and a woman so you get a romance angle that writes itself! At first I started writing this feature as just a bit of a tongue-in-joke and while I know none of these will happen I do think there’s something in the idea.

It would not hurt Metroid Prime to have better combat and vehicles you can use, while I would be totally happy with Halo having some proper puzzles and some actual new bad guys, from their perspective, for a time. Also, what happens when a metroid takes over a Covenant alien or one of the Prometheans?

Nintendo could be just the thing to lighten up the increasingly repetitive Halo franchise and I would love to see the Metroid Prime landscape and aliens with state-of-the-art graphics.

Forza Horizon x Mario Kart

Another team-up that I think would be genuinely amazing if it ever really happened. Mario Kart is an amazing multiplayer game but it has next to no single-player, so Forza Horizon could immediately sort that out for it. More importantly it could provide a proper open world environment for you to drive around in.

I’d make the mix of real world and Mushroom Kingdom stuff straight down the middle, so an open world where you move between both but also the Mario crew in real cars and ordinary drivers (maybe a few cameos from other Microsoft games like Halo and Gears Of War) struggling to drive Mario cars. I know I’d play it.

Fable x The Legend Of Zelda

This one is a bit lop-sided, because as far as I’m concerned Fable isn’t fit to lick Zelda’s boots as a video game franchise. But, Microsoft does have one important thing to offer that Zelda doesn’t have: high-tech graphics.

For all these games I’m imagining them appearing on the Xbox One as a sort of loan/special guest. Nintendo would never do that, I know, but I would love for it to happen with Zelda. Think how amazing Breath Of The Wild is as it is and then imagine it with state-of-the-art next gen graphics. That’s only going to happen via Microsoft (which is to say it’s not going to happen at all).

Gears Of War x Splatoon

This one is extra silly but I was trying to match Gears Of War up to something and I realised that Nintendo do in fact have a third person shooter of their own. I’m not sure there’s anything specific Splatoon can learn from Gears Of War, but I would love to see Gears take two things from Splatoon: the motion controls for looking up and down and the main Splatoon modes.

I really wish motion controls for first person games were an option on every console, as they’re great on Splatoon (I know the Xbox One controller doesn’t have a gyroscope but the next one might). And beyond that Splatoon is just great and I’d love to see the burly dudes and dudettes of Gears Of War having a paintball fight.

Banjo-Kazooie x Super Mario

The closes match-up in terms of gameplay and visuals and for that reason I actually think it’s the least interesting. I usually only find crossovers interesting if the two sides are very different, and for me the Rare platforms have only ever been poor copies of Nintendo’s games. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to see Banjo in Smash Bros. but I’d much rather see Master Chief. And if he is in there I’ll take it a slight glimmer of hope that one of these impossible crossovers could eventually happen…

By reader Blue Boxer

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