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Franchise-crossing return for Super Smash Bros

With November in full swing and an abundance of new titles on the horizon, it is easy to forget that some big past titles ago are still receiving updates to this day.

Nintendo is one of the better companies for this, offering regular public presentations on what they’re doing to tweak their games and fix certain issues they’ve addressed. This in itself is a demonstration of how far we’ve come in gaming

Then they have updates for Super Smash Bros on Wii U, one of their most popular fighting games.

And then the internet explodes.

Cloud Strife, the main protagonist of the overwhelmingly popular Final Fantasy 7 developed and published by Square Enix, is the latest entrant into the franchise-cluster fighting game series Super Smash Bros. It turns out I wasn’t the only one who reacted with amorous excitement at this surprising reveal as Super Smash Bros and Final Fantasy fans alike were stunned, curious and finally hyped.

The very idea of franchises crossing over with one another, especially from that of an entirely different company is nearly unheard of in this day and age. Imagine if you will, the idea of the new Star Wars movie suddenly crossing over and featuring the cast from Star Trek or even The Avengers. If that’s the kind of direction that gaming is going in, sign me up.

What are your thoughts on crossing franchises in media? What do you think is detrimental to this kind of practice? Leave a comment with your opinions below.

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