It’s been a while since I’ve answered one of these, but considering that last month it was my question that was featured on Later Levels’ monthly gaming Q&A and the fact the question is pretty damn interesting, I decided to give it a shot.
The question posed by Hunstrasse, is simple: what is the best gaming crossover? I thought about this one for a microsecond and immediately knew what my answer would be. Sadly, someone else took that answer for this question, so let’s go with my 2nd pick.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Yes, Super Smash Bros, the game that combines every property in the vast Nintendo library and even brings in a few outsiders for a goodhearted bit of extreme violence. Every game brings in more characters and different mechanics, all to make the fights feel more hectic and fast-paced. These are the games where Link can fight his Toon version and Yoshi, then get blasted to bits because Mario’s dino-partner breaks a psychedelic floating ball, goes on a power trip and starts spitting out fireballs. It’s ridiculous, it’s silly and it’s impossible not to play Super Smash Bros without ending up grinning, no matter how many times you lost.
But why am I choosing Brawl in particular? The reason is simple. While other titles have more characters, tighter controls and even more amusing mechanics, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the first and only one to attempt to weave a coherent story that connects all the characters and gives them dramatic stakes. The Subspace Emissary sees an outside force invade the Trophy World where all the characters exist and battle. Does the work? Not entirely, but the attempt is pretty hilarious and fun to watj, characters come in at seemingly random times, not all the villains join the story baddies and even features Sonic coming in and saving the day in the end. Also, have I mentioned just how awesome the boss fights are in this, pulled from across Nintendo’s games, anything from a giant Piranha plant to a Pokemon!
And if that wasn’t enough, the opening sequence and theme for Super Smash Bros. Brawl is AMAZING!!
So that’s it, my answer, let’s see if Hundstrasse agrees!