Vidjagame Apocalypse 214 – Here Comes a Guest Challenger!

Injustice 2 hit this week with more power than a locomotive – and with Sub-Zero as a DLC cast member. So to celebrate, we’ve invited Heidi Kemps of gaming.moe to help us count down our picks for the five best guest characters in fighting games. Then it’s time to dig into Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Injustice 2 (of course), rampant speculation about Zelda on mobile, the Rap Rabbit Kickstarter, and the board games you’d like to turn into video games.

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If you could shoehorn any character from pop culture or games into any fighting game, what would be the best fit?

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25 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 214 – Here Comes a Guest Challenger!

  1. Let’s put Inspector Gadget in a Mortal Kombat game. Those guys from NetherRealm Studios could find some creative and sadistic ways for Gadget to make use of his various tools. And in an M rated game we would probably find out if he’s hiding a Go-Go-Gadget Jackhammer underneath that long gray coat. Bonus points if Penny and Brain are part of his fatality.

      1. The only other person I remember hearing pronounce “nostalgia” as “nawstalgia” was a director from Mexico City, so I guess that’s Mikel’s Spanish heritage coming through. Several of the hosts have studied Japanese, so I’m not sure why they always pronounce “Heihachi” as “Highhachi” instead of “Heyhachi.”

  2. Rick Sanchez portals into Mortal Kombat and for one of his specials summons a mob of Meeseeks to tear his opponents apart.

  3. William Shatner’s James T. Kirk in Street Fighter (insert number here). He could have his own fighting space – the shuttle bay or engine room, his own fighting music (the classic fight song from the original series), and even his own personal moves: Sonic Boom? Please, try a phaser instead. Tiger Upper Cut? Amateur! Kirk’s famed open hand karate chop gets the job done! Cannon spike? How about the good old Kirk Drop Kick to KO your opponent? Kirk’s super alpha omega power move? Spock walks up behind opponent and hits ’em with a nerve pinch.

    If not that, then add Worf to the Mortal Kombat Franchise. His fatality of disemboweling his enemies with his bat’leth (Klingon sword) would seem tame compared to some of the other sci-fi characters already there.

  4. QOTW: I want the Animaniacs in Mortal Kombat. Warner Bros could totally make it happen, and just imagine a fatality that consists of the entire opening theme sequence, but with your opponent receiving all the punishment (like being crushed by the planet the Brain’s magnet pulls down, and being whacked by Slappy Squirrel’s purse).

  5. Due to the nature of the game I’ve chosen, I actually have to go with a three-person guest team. So who’s goin’ where? Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley should guest star in the probably never going to happen latest entry in the “Rival Schools United By Fate” series. Considering that all the teams in that series are representatives of their respective schools, what happens when the Wizards of Hogwarts enter the fray?

  6. QOTW: I think Invincible would be a great fit for Mortal Kombat. There are all kinds of brutal and violent moves that could be taken straight off panel. NetherRealm should also change the color palette of the blood and gore during the fight to the bright and sharp style that so cheerfully and viscerally depicts the action in the comics. There have been many outfits and variations of Invincible himself that could be used for multiple skins or even the gear system that Injustice 2 has introduced. And if Sub-Zero can be in Injustice 2, then Invincible would actually make a pretty great DLC for the new one as well.

  7. If I could force any guest character into any fighting game, I would put Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza series into Tekken 7. Think about it, Kiryu is the coolest motherfucker around, and his moveset and playstyle would fit pretty well into Tekken. And the best part is that there may be a real possibility that this will actually happen, since when Harada asked fans to name guest characters they would want in Tekken, Kiryu was by far the most requested.

  8. QOTW – I am on a kick lately but I’d love to see Soul Calibur bring in a Power Rangers character. I genuinely don’t even care which one — literally all of them look cool, and they each have a crazy assortment of weapons. You could even do classic Zyuranger/Mighty Morphin as fanservice and have it just be Jason with his Power Sword, or even do the more recent Ninja Steel, since those costumes rule and they have crazy weapons. And yes, it would come with a huge assortment of the weird whipping/woosh noises every time they did an attack, right out of the show. Might sound stupid but if you asked me which was more likely, an obscure 90s Image comic character guesting in a Japanese fighting game or a sentai show character created in Japan with an American localization, I’d tell you the latter one.

  9. QotW: Chun Li in Mortal Kombat 11.

    This literally will never happen because the Japanese have no sense of community for their western fans, and they wouldn’t like it on a content level, despite Chun Li being a stone-cold killer in her solo movie. Also, the far better pick would obviously be Akuma or Evil Ryu because they fit more, but for the average gamer who isn’t into Street Fighter anymore, who plays MK because it’s so accessible, they would instantly be able to recognize Chun Li and gravitate towards her.

  10. QOTW: I want JCVD’s Guile from Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game in a modern Street Fighter game. I don’t know which would be better: Van Damme recreated as accurately as possible with modern graphics, or the blurry version taken straight out of the ’90s movie tie-in game.

  11. QOTW: Anyone from the Breath of Fire series would make an excellent addition to a Street Fighter game. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see Scias from Breath of Fire 4 fully fleshed out with bad-ass animations in a Vs. game? Or take one look at Rand from Breath of Fire 2, and tell me he couldn’t go toe-to-toe with Zangief in his prime. The Breath of Fire series produced a cadre of great, stylish characters that have unfortunately been lost to time. If Capcom doesn’t want to continue the series, I wish they would at least revive some of these characters and have them appear in other titles. Chun-Li even had a cameo appearance in Breath of Fire 1, so there is the smallest scintilla of hope that a crossover could happen.

  12. Since Mortal Kombat likes doing movie characters. Machette, The Toxic Avenger, and Ash from the Evil Dead would be a dream DLC pack.

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