The biggest surprise out of the Nintendo Direct live stream today came not from Nintendo, but rather, three of Japan’s biggest third parties: Capcom, Sega, and Namco announced that all three companies are working together on some sort of mysterious cross-over game for the 3DS. No details were revealed, but the internet is already exploding with speculation.
I think most fighting game fantatics would kill to see some sort of Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter and Soul Calibur crossover, or even better, a Namco x Capcom vs. Sega fighter in the vein of Capcom vs. SNK that draws fighters from each company’s gigantic stable of franchises. I don’t know about you, but I’d be willing to drop fifty bucks on a fighting game that let Mega Man beat the crap out of Sonic.
This isn’t the first time that Namco and Capcom have teamed up; both the Tekken and Street Fighter teams are working on their own versions of Street Fighter X Tekken, and the two companies previously collaborated on the Japan-only strategy RPG Namco x Capcom.
This new announcement may also be tied in with the recent Nikkei news article that said Nintendo will be teaming up with certain third parties to revive old franchises: the article referred to Seaman specifically, but also mentioned that other third parties would be working with Nintendo as part of the initiative. Could this teaser be in reference to that?
None of the companies involved gave any further info regarding the project, so I suppose we’ll have to wait until E3 or even possibly Tokyo Game Show in the Fall until we hear more.