Crossover events have been around in video games for a while, but lately they have been soaring to new heights. Here are our top 10 best crossovers in video games.
Top 10 Best Crossovers in Video Games
Super Smash Bros.
Starting the list off right we have Super Smash Bros. This series began as a crossover game with just Nintendo franchises, but it has quickly evolved into something special. They began with Solid Snake and Sonic in Brawl, and evolved into something so much more. In due time, Cloud, Ryu, Pac-Man, Joker, Megaman, and the Belmonts have all joined its roster. That doesn’t even include the Monster Hunter boss fight in the World of Light in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We eagerly await the next DLC character that will make their way to the game.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Coming in at number nine we have Assassin’s Creed Origins. For those of you who don’t remember, this entry in the series had a cross over with Final Fantasy XV. You got a quest, a minor puzzle, a sword, and a Chocobo skin you could use on your horse. You also get to see Bahamut and Ardyn from the game during a brief cutscene, but unfortunately fighting them was not an option. The event itself wasn’t the biggest deal, but this was just the start of the crossover events for Ubisoft, and Japanese publishers as a whole.
For number eight, we are going to jump right into Final Fantasy. As mentioned earlier, Final Fantasy XV had a crossover with the Assassin’s Creed series, which also had some Cup Noodle quests you could do. The big crossovers in the Final Fantasy universe come from Final Fantasy XIV. Since its release, elements from Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy XV, Yo-Kai Watch, and Monster Hunter have all made an appearance. These cameos would bring with them new enemies, new quests, and new excellent mounts. Some of these events only happened once, so if you were there, you could nab yourself an item no one else can get. However, none can compare to the Monster Hunter Rathalos mount.
For number seven, we are going with another fighting series, SoulCalibur. As far as fighting games go, SoulCalibur has some of the best crossovers. Soulcalibur II on the Nintendo GameCube has Link as a playable character. The most recent SoulCalibur had both Geralt of Rivia and 2B from Nier: Automata join the fight. The most impressive one has to be from SoulCalibur IV, which feautured Yoda, Darth Vader, and Starkiller. Special shoutout to Spawn making an appearance in SoulCalibur II as well.
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Number six I didn’t even see coming, and that is the Predator event in Ghost Recon Wildlands. The game had two major crossover events, featuring both the Predator and Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell. The Predator event in particular had you hunting down the Predator with your squad in a jungle; what more could you want? The event was just a little too easy, but was still a good time nonetheless. The Sam Fisher event did something special as well, and had people talking about the series again for the first time in years.
Number five is more of personal pick, and goes to Shovel Knight. The game paid host to two guest fights, depending on the version you play. The Sony version has a Kratos boss fight, while the Microsoft version has the Battletoads to spar against. The other thing is that Shovel Knight himself gets around to different games pretty often. He can be found as an assist trophy in Smash Bros. Ultimate, makes an appearance in Yooka-Laylee, pops up in Crypt of the NecroDancer, and moonlights in many other games. Crossovers work both ways, so why not put him in other games.
Ubisoft/Nintendo Crossover Games
For number four I am combining Mario + Rabbids and Starlink for the Ubisoft/Nintendo crossovers. I remember when the leak for Mario + Rabbids came out, and people thought it could never work – myself included. Come E3 that year, and most of us changed our minds. The tactical combat aspect is a perfect fit for this bizarre game. While not quite as deep as XCOM, it was still a great first attempt as the game. Starlink and the Star Fox crossover was kind of meh, but that wasn’t really Star Fox’s fault. It does at least prove that Ubisoft can work with Nintendo’s IP and not mess it up.
Our number three slot is the last fighting game on the list, going to Mortal Kombat. First off, we have to mention Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which is an excellent crossover in theory, despite how the game turned out. Then you look at the DLC characters they have had over the years and you realize that they all fit perfectly in the game. Jason Voorhees, Kratos, Leatherface, Alien, Predator, and Freddy Krueger could have all easily come from Outworld. I mean look at Baraka and tell me there isn’t some Predator in him. Now that Mortal Kombat 11 is out, we await the next crossover character, who is rumored to be The Terminator.
For our number two pick, we have Fortnite. When it comes to crossovers in video games, Fortnite has the biggest ones out there – full stop. Fortnite has a John Wick skin, NFL skins, Guan Yu and Wu Kong skins, a Krampus skin, and many others packed into it. Those all pale in comparison to the event that took place during Avengers: Infinity War. For a limited time, you could find the Infinity Stones in Fortnite and become Thanos. If you were lucky enough to get these stones, you felt the power of a god for a brief moment and then either won or died, but it was fun. Fortnite would then follow up with a second event during Avengers: Endgame, where players could use weapons from the Avengers, like Captain America’s shield and Thor’s axe. The game just keeps going.
Monster Hunter World
Our number one pick has to go to Monster Hunter World. The game has had many crossover events since it launched in 2018. It all began with a Horizon: Zero Dawn crossover, where you could get a Watcher outfit for your Palico and a bow from the game. Then the Capcom crossovers started, with Ryu, Dante, and Megaman making appearances as skins for both the Hunter and the Palico. Our favorite Witcher got a quest line, and you could play as Geralt in-game. The best event has to be the Final Fantasy XIV crossover with the Behemoth monster. It was a perfect fit, and it is still one of the most unique fights in the game.
And that is our list of the top 10 best crossovers in video games. Let us know what you favorite gaming crossover is in the comments below.