Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

When Gaming Icons Collide

gaming1.jpg
gaming4.jpg
gaming2.jpg
game1.jpg
11.jpg

Truly iconic video game characters are hard to shake. We grow up with them, earn our pixelated salt navigating them across myriad digital landscapes, and as we grow up, so too do they, through console-jumps and improved graphics.

So it brings us great pleasure to announce that Pac-Man is back, and, celebrating the forthcoming 7 March release of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, the game’s makers, under the cover of darkness, projected a giant image onto the London headquarters of game giants Sega (images above): namely, the yellow hero alongside his old friend Sonic.

Well, you’re no doubt wondering, what about other famed video game characters to have swapped universes and met one another on-screen? Well, wonder no more, as we’ve assembled a list of the very best examples of when gaming titans collide.

Prepare for a nostalgia overdose…

____________________________________________________________



Mario and Pac-Man

Never one to turn down the odd cameo, Pac-Man’s appetite for gaming cameos is only matched by that of his appetite for ghosts. One of the most memorable came in 2005’s Mario Kart Arcade GP, where Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man raced Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess and other residents of Mario World, uniting two blocs of gaming greatness in a flurry of waywardly-aimed green shells.

____________________________________________________________



Terminator and Robocop

Wait - before you get up in arms about the fact these two are film icons and not gaming ones, let us remind you that this 1993 platformer wasn’t just preceded by both Sega’s classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Data East’s critically-lauded yet tremendously difficult Robocop 2 - it was one of the most playable titles of its time. Though if nothing else, it certainly helped settle many a playground argument.

____________________________________________________________



Darth Maul and Tony Hawk

While he might not have had many minutes in The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul has certainly racked up the screen-time in the gaming world, including a cheeky appearance in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, no less. Of all the guest characters to appear in the skating series, Maul is simply the best. Because let’s face it: nothing says ‘radical’ like wielding a fluorescent, double-ended lighsaber while trying to do an Ollie.

____________________________________________________________



Solid Snake and Kirby

Nepotism abounded when Super Smash Bros thundered onto the N64 in 1999, squaring off Nintendo’s moustachioed plumbers, Captain Falcoln, Fox McCloud, Kirby, Pikachu as some of gaming’s best loved franchises did battle to the death, albeit in picturesque surroundings. As the multiplayer-friendly series grew, through Melee in 2001 and Brawl in 2008, and with it the rolling, imaginative landscapes, so too did the character selection, leading to the rather odd match-up of Solid Snake and Kirby - a contest as even as The New Jersey Devils vs The Mighty Ducks.

____________________________________________________________



Doom-guy and Commander Keen

So revered was camp early nineties action hero Commander Keen, that the developers ID Software found inventive ways of nudging his comic features into its later, more grown-up fodder such as Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem, and, our personal favourite, Doom II, which sees the commander unceremoniously hung left at the mercy of Doom’s nameless grunt.

____________________________________________________________



Street Fighter and Tekken (and Pac-man)

Up there with weighty quandaries like ‘De Niro or Pacino’? and ‘Pele or Maradonna?’, the debate of whether Street Fighter usurps Tekken as the king of fighter games continues to rumble on today. The closest we’ve had to an answer was in Street Fighter X Tekken, finally giving players a chance to see how Yoshimitsu and Law would fare against the likes of Ryu and Guile. Though the real bonus was obviously Pac-Man (who else?) controlling a robot and going to town on combatants from both the franchises.

____________________________________________________________



Mario and Sonic

Much like competitors in the hammer event must have been wary of an Italian plumber, drug testers must have been on high alert after watching the practice times of a lightning-quick blue hedgehog come in. We’re, of course, inferring to 2008’s Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, the likeable Wii title which saw two of the most important figures in video gaming trade blows through events which mirrored those of the Beijing Games.

____________________________________________________________



Superman and Sub-Zero

One’s a blue-clad champ faster than a speeding bullet and capable of giving people hypothermia by merely breathing on them. The other? Superman. Well, if we’re going by 2008’s spin-off fighting simulator Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, it is. Already a true icon in the arena of fighting games, Sub-Zero was able to go toe-to-toe with Clark Kent’s unspectacled alter ego fresh from another underrated action game Justice League Heroes.

____________________________________________________________



Solid Snake and the apes from Ape Escape

Solid Snake is not a real snake. This much you will know. What you may not be too clued up on, however, is that the international super solider is every bit as comfortable in in jungle surroundings as the scaly reptile after which he’s named. For proof, look no further than the mini-game on the PlayStation 2’s Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, which tasks him with tracking down the cartoonish primates from Ape Escape, as you do.

____________________________________________________________

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures is out 7 March on Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS platforms

(Images: Namco Bandai)

Related

sonic.jpg

Best of winter in video games

ps1.jpg

Peter Serafinowicz’s Life In Gaming

1886.jpg

The 11 games you need to play in 2014

hero2.jpg

75 pieces of wisdom from video games

games4.jpg

Evolution of war games prints

inception1.jpg

Inception goes 8-Bit

Comments

More

Super Mario Run is coming to your mobile phone

Nintendo's mobile platformer finally gets a release date and price

by David Cornish
16 Nov 2016

Meet the Skyrim obsessed gamer granny with 170k YouTube subscribers

She's got more subscribers than you

by David Cornish
31 Oct 2016

The deaths and headlines VR will inevitably cause

It's just a matter of time

by David Cornish
31 Oct 2016

The best game I ever played: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Tristan Cross remembers the video game that shaped his life

by Tristan Cross
28 Oct 2016

The Gears of War director tells us about his favourite games

Rod Fergusson tells us about the greatest games he's ever played

by David Cornish
28 Oct 2016

The best games still to come in 2016

Better get saving...

by David Cornish
27 Oct 2016

Why gaming is more important for men than you might think

Sam Diss on the games that bring men closer together

by Sam Diss
27 Oct 2016

Awesome Halloween costumes for your iPhone (seriously)

Because buying your own fancy dress is too much hassle

by David Cornish
27 Oct 2016

How video games made you the man you are today

...without you even realising

26 Oct 2016

John Lydon on his destructive love of gaming

Apps took all our money. Even John Lydon’s

by Ralph Jones
26 Oct 2016