Every once in a while, a trademarked character makes an appearance in someone else’s game, and the community supporting the character in question goes, for the most part, ballistic with joy. The biggest example being Nintendo raking Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog into Super Smash Bros. Brawl. An upcoming example is Rare’s Banjo and Kazooie of their eponymous-titled series appearing in Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing sometime this year.
On the topic of this crossover, Rare’s studio head Mark Betteridge described it as a good chance to “keep our characters in the public eye and in players’ awareness,” and that they placed Banjo and Kazooie in the hands of “a well-known publisher with its own compatible stable of characters.”
When asked if there was a possibility of seeing Rare characters in other titles, Betteridge said, “As long as we felt it was beneficial to the franchise. We’re wary of spreading any of our properties too thin, but at the same time the feedback on Banjo appearing in All-Stars Racing has been great, so as long as we choose carefully we’re happy to give players extra opportunities to take control of Rare characters.”
Choose carefully they must. When done right, the crossovers are fantastic. It’s undeniably fun to sneak around in a cardboard box as Solid Snake while Kirby is trying to eat him. However, looking over Soul Calibur’s way, where Yoda can hop around slashing away at the buxom dominatrix that is Ivy, sometimes it can just be awkward and strange. On that note, I wouldn’t mind seeing Mario and a Battletoad duke it out with their oversized fists. Just saying.