Exploding Rabbit Games has unleashed a trailer for Super Mario Crossover 2, its follow-up to its online hit that allowed you to play through the original Super Mario Bros. using classic NES characters like Simon Belmont, Samus Aran and Bill from Contra (Which we all picked first because giving someone a chance to machine a Hammer Brother is proof that there is a God and he grew up in the '80s). As far as an addicting waste of time goes, there are people more productive on heroin than a gamer that just discovered SMC.
Now Exploding Rabbit has upped the ante with its upcoming sequel with more characters like Luigi, Bass and Proto Man, as well as updated graphics and even a Game Boy graphic mode. The work that's gone into the sequel is quite impressive, but just like a new fighting game, what we want is more and more characters. Here are our suggestions:
Metal Storm was an awesomely underrated side-scroller starring a robot that could reverse gravity. Though the ability wouldn't be much good out in the open air worlds since he would just fall into the sky, the underground and castle worlds would utterly be his bitch.
Sure, the Warrior would probably be more practical, but the Black Mage is more iconic. As you gain mushrooms and flowers, he could gain a more powerful fire spell using Mario's regular fireballs, but in a spread pattern.
We don't really have to explain why this would be awesome, do we? They even have their own swimming animation.
One of the more obscure games out there, Werewolf was a blast to play, and perfect for the SMC style. You level up three times, first as a human who can punch and throw a fire blast, then as a werewolf with blades for hands, then as a super werewolf with blades for hands. In addition to the powerful strikes and range attack, he can climb walls and ceilings.
Granted, between Ryu Hayabusa and our own TMNT suggestion, this might actually be the first time a game has had too many ninjas, but Kage has a very unique controlling style on top of his multidirectional throwing stars.
Why did we put all the characters with names beginning with K in a row? Don't know, but Wizards & Warriors is still an awesome game with tons of potential. Ideally, Exploding Rabbit would have to scatter the many useful items that Kuros can acquire throughout the worlds, but even without all those abilities, nothing beats a sword to the face.
Sure, we could've gone with the Billy or Jimmy from Double Dragon, but nobody made a flash game where they could punch Osama Bin Laden and encourage Americans not to take out their fear of terrorism on Arab-Americans, so screw 'em. The Bad Dudes get our vote.
There is no man so manly that Bubble Bobble doesn't warm his heart. It's just too cute for words.
By far the tiniest character you'd play, the Jouster has to be careful to either land on enemies or hit them head-on at a high elevation. Luckily, you can flap your wings for elevation and avoid most enemies.
Between this original NES outing and Arkham Asylum, Batman was in for rough times gamewise. We think the best way for him to redeem himself is by saving the mushroom kingdom.
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