When we leaked the existance of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle last year, many people were skeptical that a game about non verbal mascots from TV and Film crossing over with beloved console brand mascots could end up being interesting or worth playing. After the game was revealed at E3 to be an X-Com for kids style tactical RPG many people changed their tune, getting on board with the concept and deciding that they were actually remarkaby okay with the crossover.
With that in mind, we thought we might spitball a couple of other similar crossover franchise hits we think could help Nintendo’s competitors steal the show at E3 2018.
Sony – Crash Bandicoot + Minions: Screamy Jump Adventure
With the recently released Crash Bandicoot remaster selling unbelievably well, the time seems right for Sony to capitalise on the mascot’s ressurgance of fame. Who better to pair Crash with than the Minions, another non traditionally verbal mascot character that most people find conceptually annoying. The Minions had their own financially sucessful spin off movie, they were just in Dispicable Me 3, the time is ripe for them to appear in as many crossover projects with other sucessful mascots as possible.
The best part? When this game releases, your non gaming aunt on facebook will recognise the minions and know that she’s getting you the right video game for Christmas.
Microsoft – Halo: Crazy Frog Evolved
Master Chief, a lone soldier forced time and time again to bear the burden of saving the world alone. He’s a warrior without a friend, destined to risk life and limb with nobody by his side. That is, until now.
In Halo: Crazy Frog Evolved you play a traditional Halo adventure, but with the Crazy Frog acting as a mandatory co-op partner. He has an invisible motorcycle to keep up with the Warthog, he can send enemies fleeing with a swift “Mrimrimwinmriiiimriiiim dim dim mrim” and he’s suitably non verbal that you could maybe even use the word stoic to refer to him.
Sega – Shadow + Yip Yips: Death Yip
Shadow The Hedgehog is an alien dropped into a world he doesn’t understand, trying to make sense of his place within society. The Yip Yips from Sesame Street are also aliens trying to understand the world around them. It only makes sense to pair them up together in this 2018 AAA blockbuster release. There’s even a red and a blue one there to represent the two polorised paths of morality Shadow can take in life.
Look, I know these ideas seem ridiculous, but let’s be honest, do they sound any more ridiculous than a Mario and Raddids RPG Crossover? Nope? That’s what I thought.