Are you getting Nintendo mash-up fatigue?

Now just give me a kiss

[Art by Hakuramen]

Back in the 1980’s, rock band Aerosmith and rap group Run DMC did a cover of Aerosmith’s Walk This Way. It was an older song, but the novelty, evocative quality, and skills present in the cover made it a much bigger hit than the original. Later, the song would help inspire a new genre of music called “Rap Metal”. That… didn’t go as well. 

There may be parallels between rap-rock mash-ups and the current climate at Nintendo. Just this year we’ve been given Sonic in Legend of Zelda, Toad in Kirby, and Link in Dynasty Warriors. By the end of the year we’ll also have Star Fox in Bayonetta, Toad in Kirby againLink in Mario Kart, and in Japan, Animal Crossing and Metroid in Monster Hunter. And that’s not even counting Smash Bros

It makes me wonder if and when these mash ups will stop being Walk This Way and start being Rap Metal.When Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition was announced, the internet held a collective yawn when they saw Tekken favorites dressed as Nintendo characters. Tepid sales of the game would reflect that lack of excitement. There seems to be a lot more interest in a few more unexpected Nintendo mash-ups coming down the pike, like Pokken Tournament and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. Still, the dam has got to break sometime. Would you be happy to see these Nintendo mash-ups continue at this pace, or would you rather save them for once or twice a year?

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes