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SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash on Switch brings back old memories

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In retrospect, it’s odd how fascinated I used to be with seeing a character appear in another character’s game.

I was thrilled when I saw Mario and Link in Donkey Kong Country 2. They were rendered in CG! Alongside Sonic’s shoes! They just kind of stood there, but still. Fighters Megamix was like Christmas morning. Mortal Kombat characters in NBA Jam marked everything great about loose licensing standards. Smash Bros. — even in those early days when it was just Nintendo characters — seemed almost scandalous.

Crossovers and guest characters made games feel alive, like there was this alternate universe where Sonic and Mario hung out in their down time. That sort of thing is everywhere now, from Fortnite to Smash Bros. to…



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