The fighting game genre is no longer on life support. Popular fighting gaming tournaments rule the world, new and improved fighting games keep popping up everywhere, and classic fighting game franchises are being refined and reintroduced.
The one thing that I love the most about this video game genre is its usage of crossover appearances. I’m sure everyone is familiar with Capcom’s Vs. series and its abundance of familiar faces from the comic book world. But, there are fighting games that include surprising character additions that we’d never imagine coming true.
A Sega character taking a spot in a Nintendo brawl fest? A farting dinosaur launching volleyballs at human martial artists? These things have happened. And best of all, they’re fully playable scenarios.
Join us as we count down the 10 coolest fighting game guest stars.
10. Sakura from Rival Schools: United by Fate (1998)
Capcom’s high school battle royal introduced us to a slew of educated pugilists. Each character fit the mold of some high school stereotype/occupation. One of Street Fighter’s most popular fighters happened to be a schoolgirl who already knew her way how to handle a school fight. Sakura made the most sense as a guest fighter for this game. She and Hinata fit together like a pair of boxing gloves.
9. Akuma from X-Men: Children of the Atom (1996)
Our eyes lit up at the animation this all X-Men fighter showcased back in its arcade cabinet days. We were overjoyed once we finally had it playable in our own living rooms. Imagine how excited we were when we figured out how to unlock the Raging Demon Akuma! He commanded the respect of the X-Men with his famous mid-air Hadoken’s. And of course, he ripped mutants to shreds with his finishing death blow.
8. Gon from Tekken 3 (1998)
That little farting dinosaur made our lives a joy (and a living hell!) in Tekken 3. It was
hilarious seeing him for the first time through Tekken Ball mode. Once we defeated him in a violent game of volleyball, he became selectable. This series has always featured a weird array of fighters, but this short reptilian took the cake. Tips for taking him out: Aim low. Oh and you can skip his ending, by the way.
7. Spawn from Soul Calibur 2 (2003)
Image Comics’ coolest demon spawn took his place among the crew of Soul Calibur
2. Spawn sported an axe bearing his likeness, which featured an array of special moves that involved fire. We didn’t know how much we wanted to play with Spawn until we got to take him for a spin in this game. Spawn was much worthier than that other dude Todd McFarlane added to the game (*coughNecridcough*).
6. Ezio Auditore de Firenze from Soul Calibur V (2012)
Now this addition to the weapons-based roster made a lot of sense. Ezio from Assassin’s
Creed is a character who does his adventuring in a specific timeline that fits right into Soul Calibur’s universe. Ezio came with his hidden blades, a rapier, a crossbow, and a wrist gun!
All the tools that aided him in his adventures were just as helpful when he had to face off with Mitsurugi.
5. Solid Snake from Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
Nintendo’s multiplayer fray featured the most recognizable characters form the company’s history. The Wii entry in this series changed up the formula and added two outside characters. One of them
turned out to be our favorite stealthy assassin, Solid Snake. Snake zipped around the battlefield with ease, laid down mines, and choked out his foes. Seeing him hanging from a helicopter and shooting grenades was an awesome sight.
4. Kratos from Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny (2009)
The God of War is always ready for a fight. He’s put down enormous creatures and
destroyed a pantheon of Gods. Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny made us purchase a PSP just so we could test out Kratos in a fighting game. All of his infamous weaponry and magical abilities were fully
featured here. That Critical Finish of his was just incredible, and that’s why we picked him the most.
3. Sonic The Hedgehog from Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
What was the one video game rivalry that ruled the 90’s? Nintendo vs. Sega, right? This meant that their two mascots, Mario and Sonic, were also at war. Super Smash Bros. Brawl did the impossible: they put the blue hedgehog in a Nintendo game and finally let him battle the famed plumber in red. Sonic was super-fast (duh!) and his moves fit him accordingly. We still can’t forgive a certain magazine for its Super Smash Bros. Melee April Fool’s joke…
2. Freddy Krueger from Mortal Kombat (2011)
Horror movie villains seem most happy when blood and guts are on the line. The most violent of them all happens to be the one who makes us drink energy shots to stay awake. Freddie friggin’ Kruger was a beast in the rebooted version of this mature fighting game series. His claws were deadly and his Fatalities were incredible (and excruciating) to watch. Now if Jason ever gets a shot in the next game, we can finally play out that final battle from Freddy vs. Jason!
1. Link from Soul Calibur 2 (2003)
If you ask us, Nintendo got the best deal out of Namco’s guest star plan for the console versions of Soul Calibur 2. Link was such an awesome character to play with. He came to battle with his Master Sword, boomerang, and bombs in tow. The hero in the green get-up looked like he belonged with the rest of the game’s weapons wielders. Link made the Gamecube version of this fighter the most sought after edition.