Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0 A 3DS Dream Game
It'll never appear on Nintendo's handheld, but that doesn't mean the big N can't release something similar and just as cool.
Unless you're Nintendo (or one of the company's lawyers), it's hard to dislike Super Mario Bros. Crossover. Released in 2010, the 2D side scrolling adventure is a modified version of the 1985 NES classic with the unique spin of playing as other characters from the 8-bit era. Mario's there, of course, but you also have a choice between Link (Zelda), Mega Man, Samus Aran (Metroid), Simon Belmont (Castlevania), Bill Rizer (Contra), Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden) and Sophia III (Blaster Master), all of which possess signature weapons and abilities.
Suffice to say, it's the first homage that not only meets the quality of Shigeru Miyamoto's groundbreaking title, but also surpasses it. Well, at least it did, until Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0 debuted last week, complete with graphics that mimic NES, SNES and even Game Boy.
Thankfully, it's free to play, and with no threats (yet) from the big N and various third parties, this game should be here to stay.
That said, it would be great if publishers did more collaborations like this. Why should independent developers go to such great lengths creating these games when the copyright holders can whip up products just as good, if not better?
We see this from time to time. Who can forget the epic Subspace Emissary mode from Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii? Mario, Kirby, Samus and more heroes in one video game? Our heads nearly exploded. More, please.
Now to be fair, this sort of thing involves smart planning to execute. Regardless of how many people would love something like this, Nintendo still has intellectual property to protect. Mixing Hyrule and the Mushroom Kingdom could prove disastrous if done incorrectly.
With this in mind, we'd love to play Super Mario Crossover 2.0 on 3DS, downloaded through the system's eShop. Yes, we know it's a pipe dream at this point, especially since other publishers like Capcom and Konami would have to be on board; unlikely, by the way.
Still, Nintendo could whip up an experience starring its own characters, and we think fans would be just as thrilled. Let us tackle a level from Kirby's Dream Land as Luigi, or defeat Bowser as Samus in Super Mario Bros. 3. Instant moneymaker. Seriously, we wouldn't be able to spend the cash fast enough.
Will it happen? Tough to say at this point, but with the eShop doing well and retro never going out of style, we can dream.