10 Video Game Mashups the Complex Staff Wish Existed + Strider Hiryu Retrospective

Hollywood has gotten the message: Mashing up iconic characters and using the results as Studio tent-poles is a real good idea.

Freddy Vs. Jason, Batman Vs. Superman, Aliens vs Predator, The Avengers, any project that connects beloved properties together is bound to get people talking and move units, so why has the video game world been so reticent?

The game world should take a major cue from the runaway success of the Marvel Vs. Capcom series and start working together, and to that end we’ve come up with a few ideas of franchises we’d love to see mix it up…

10. Titanfall/Minecraft
Titanfall promises to the the most immersive Mech Game in the history of the medium, and we want the ability to tweak those mean machines every which way our imaginations can envision. If a cadre of grade seven students can put together a Taj Mahal replica over their lunch break, imagine what they can do with a Titan?

9. Professor Layton/Resident Evil
When Professor Layon receives a distressed letter from his old school mate, who'se taken up a research residency for Umbrella Corp. He and Luke must travel to Raccoon City, where an army of Tyrant Virus infected super-soldiers are waiting in ambush. Layton must use logic, his rapier wit, and a chaingun to make it out alive.

5. Mortal Kombat/DOA Beach Volleyball
All is well on the island paradise, until an intense bikini contest is interrupted by a giant rift in the sky that fuses Outworld with Earthrealm. Lord Raiden quickly descends on the frightened beach-ready girls and tells Ayane and Kasumi that Earthrealm will be forfeit to Shao Kahn unless they can defeat Shiva and Mileena in an impromptu best of three match. You win: Babality.
( I'm sure ONTDers will be first in line to buy this )

4. Portal/Metroid
Samus Aryan has a lot of things going for her, but a sense of humour ain't one. Imagine Motherbrain and Wheatley locked in a power struggle all while Samus and Chell move together through elaborate mazes, one blasts pirates while the other solves puzzles. Girl power at its very best!

1. Uncharted/Metal Gear
What about saving the world from nuclear winter AND ancient sorcery? Putting together the fresh-faced, wise-cracking Nathan Drake with the embittered, world weary Snake would be a buddy movie/game for the ages. The explosive Thrill-a-minute Uncharted vibe interspersed with the patient, ruthless Metal Gear mentality would mean the very best of both worlds.

Video: Capcom's timeline of the 'Strider' franchise

Capcom, through Capcom Unity, has released an informative history of its "Strider" franchise before its 2014 reboot launches on February 18.
For those that have been keeping up, you should already be aware that Capcom is launching a reboot of its popular Strider franchise. Game developer Double Helix (who developed the reboot of Killer Instinct for the Xbox One), recently acquired by Amazon, is credited with being the one creating this reboot. As this game will launch for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 come February 18, less than one week away, Capcom has uploaded a video onto YouTube that gives an informative history of the Strider series.

The video starts out with talking about Strider's first release for the arcades in the 1980s followed by a release for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It also mentions and features Strider Hiryu's, the protagonist of the franchise, robotic buddies that assist him through the level. Then, it talks about a reboot and re-imagining of the game Strider 2, which came out for arcades and the first Playstation game.
Throughout the years, Strider Hiryu has become a popular Capcom character. He has been a character ins several crossovers such as Marvel vs. Capcom and Namco X Capcom. It also mentions the cameo appearance in Ken's stage in Street Fighter Alpha 2. Hiryu, without the scarf, is seen tossing a teddy bear up and down.

This new reboot, which is simply called Strider, comes out in a matter of days. The game becomes available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC come February 19.

Archie Sees What Happens ‘After The Credits’ In ‘Sonic’ And ‘Mega Man’ This May [Preview]

As a kid I can only remember a single time anything ever happened after the credits of a movie. It was after napping through the second half of Beethoven (or maybe Beethoven 2?) on VHS, and all that happened was a silhouette of a St. Bernard climbed a hill and barked in the sunset. But then Iron Man came along in 2008 and shook Hollywood to the core with Samuel L. Jackson’s now classic “Avengers Initiative” recruitment scene. Surprisingly, no one in the comic book industry proper had quite capitalized on the storytelling device… until now. This May, Archie Comics is kicking off its own “After the Credits” initiative in its Sonic The Hedgehog and Mega Man titles.

From Archie Executive Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski:
“It’s become a staple for superhero films over the last decade – waiting until the credits finish rolling for that one, last awesome easter egg that can change your entire perception of the story – or tease what’s next. Archie’s ‘After the Credits Month’ takes what you love about those movies and brings them back to comics. The initiative spans the entire Archie Action Line in May, including SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, SONIC UNIVERSE and MEGA MAN, with fans getting scenes at the very end of each issue – after the credits, natch – that tease all of the spoilerific details of what’s coming up. The best part? Both the regular and variant editions of each comic will feature DIFFERENT ‘After the Credits’ scenes! So bust out the popcorn, visit your local comic shop and prepare for your jaws to drop!”

The specific issues getting the “after the credits” treatment include Sonic Universe #62, Sonic The Hedgehog #259 and Mega Man #36. All three issues are written by Ian Flynn, with Sonic Universe featuring the art of Tracey Yardley, Rafa Knight, Jamal Peppers and Jim Amash. Sonic #259 includes art by Yardley, Knight and Evan Stanley. Mega Man will have art by POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt.
Both the regular issues and their variants — which not only have variant covers but also variant endings — will be available digitally and in print through the month of May.
To help tease the event, Archie sent CA some early pencils from these issues’ alternate endings. You can take a spoiler-free look below.

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