Fiora from Xenoblade paired up with KOS-MOS from Xenosaga, and Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening. I’m glad to be wrong about the unlikelihood of Nintendo characters, and Lucina was even one of the specific ones I said I’d want. Still not completely sure if it’s a full four-company crossover with Nintendo getting as many characters as the other three, but considering Fire Emblem has nothing to do with Monolith, it seems possible.
Not that anyone was surprised by any of them, but I did call the return of KOS-MOS, Demitri, Morrigan, and Chun-Li.
One character I didn’t predict, though, was Segata Sanshiro. Who might just be the most badass character in the entire game.
(uploaded by Saturn Memories)
According to Siliconera, Project X Zone 2 will release in Japan on November 12, 2015, North America on February 16, and Europe on February 19, 20156 for Nintendo 3DS. (But I’m pretty sure that’s a typo and people in Europe don’t have to wait an extra 18,000 years.)
“Game that you really wish would get a sequel”
Probably no surprise to anyone who’s been following this whole series of posts: Xenogears. (Xenosaga doesn’t really count, and Xenoblade definitely doesn’t.) It was even called “Episode V”, implying it should have been part of a series. (And maybe a prequel would be better than a literal sequel.)
Although there is a very good chance that a sequel might fall far short of expectations; in fact tomorrow’s post will be a good example of why I’m saying that.
The Virtual-On type game in Xenosaga: Episode 1. It’s completely optional, and completely full of options for something so separate from the main game. You don’t have nearly as many mechs to choose from as in the fighting game minigame in Xenogears (which is another one of my favorites), but you can customize their weapons in ways that make this a better reason to collect them all than the battles in the main game are.
Namco X Capcom was a strategy RPG for the PS2 in Japan. It was a crossover between, would you guess, Namco and Capcom.
This is the opening video from the game, which has a nice little song (Brave New World, which, in the later games they appear in, became the theme song of the original characters Reiji and Xiaomu) and some of the most famous video game characters around (and some obscure ones too; Wonder Momo, Bravoman, and the characters from Forgotten Worlds?).
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While Namco X Capcom never got localized, it’s sort-of-sequel, Project X Zone for the 3DS, which adds Sega into the mix too, did. It’s pretty good if you like SRPGs and are familiar with a fair number of the characters in it.
This is the opening to Project X Zone, a crossover SRPG for 3DS, featuring characters from Namco, Capcom, and Sega.
Actually, it’s both the English and Japanese openings; same animation, different music due to an issue with licensing the Japanese song. I don’t really like either song nearly as well as the one from Namco X Capcom, but the animation, by Studio Trigger, is incredible.
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As you can see from the video, everything I mentioned here has also crossed over with a whole lot more: Sakura Wars, Shining Force Exa, Space Channel 5, Super Robot Wars Original Generation, God Eater and more.
There’s one more shared universe I want to talk about before getting into multiverses. This one’s a little more complicated. I’m using Namco x Capcom’s status (confirmed canon for Endless Frontier which is considered canon by SRWOG) as a precedent for assuming that Project X Zone is probably canon. And while it involves different universes, it also establishes a few games to be in the same universe. (Note that a fair number of these are connected by other crossovers too, so it only establishes a few new connections.)
Project X Zone seems to establish that Street Fighter, Rival Schools, Resident Evil, Tekken, .hack, Virtua Fighter, Fighting Vipers, House of the Dead, and Dynamite Cop all take place in the same time period in the same world (which is also home to the original characters from NxC and PXZ), which is also the human world from Devil May Cry and Darkstalkers, which also share the same demon world as each other and Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins. It’s also established that Mega Man and Xenosaga are both in the future of this world.
And now for some other games: of course Final Fight has long been established to share a universe with Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter characters appear in Dead or Alive (which shares a universe with Ninja Gaiden), and Soul Calibur is the past of Tekken.
And Lili and Sebastian from Tekken appears in Digimon World: ReDigitize.
There’s no real evidence against Capcom vs. SNK being canon either, so we’ve got The King of Fighters and the other games that it was already a crossover between to begin with.