It’s safe to say that the Super Smash Bros. series is a great fighting game franchise. While it isn’t anywhere near my favorite fighting game franchise, there is still much to like about Nintendo’s flagship fighting series. So much so that I own Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch. It’s a great environment to see characters such as Mario, Princess Peach, and Donkey Kong battle it out with other characters such Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, Ryu from Street Fighter, and Snake from Metal Gear Solid. It’s the only officially made fighting game that brings video game characters from a variety of franchises into one game.
I’ve become a huge proponent of fan games, especially in the past few years as I’ve been searching the internet for new things to play. And sure enough, I always end up finding something cool. What I most enjoy about fan games is that the creator(s) typically have the same mindset as I do about the official games tending to be stingy with playable characters, stages, and game options. So the fan games take something official such as the Super Smash Bros. series and then expands on it in a way that many people have dreamed of.
Take a look at the picture above. Have you ever seen a Super Smash Bros. game with that number of playable characters? And the best part is that you can swap those characters and stages in the game with other downloadable characters if you wish. Many of those mods can be found on Game Banana. Now the graphics are nowhere near what you’re going to get from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but that isn’t the point of Super Smash Bros. Crusade. It’s about the crazy amount of characters and stages that you can put into it and the fantastic gameplay that comes with it. The great thing is that it also plays like a Super Smash Bros. game.
Just like the official Super Smash Bros. titles, all of the characters have unique special moves. It’s amazing to use Crono from Chrono Trigger and see him be able to utilize some of his attacks from the Super Nintendo role-playing game that will blast enemies into the stratosphere and bring the word “GAME” on the screen. Because of the large number of characters, I haven’t had the chance to play with most of them. But if the same care that was put into Crono is any indication, I’m sure the other characters will feel incredible to use as well.
I will do my best to spotlight more of these amazing fan games from time to time. Thanks to all of the developers that even made Super Smash Bros. a reality in the first place on the Nintendo 64 in 1999. The franchise has become a fan-favorite since then and helped to introduce the popular Nintendo characters in a whole new battle environment. I’m also thankful to the creators of these fan games, which expand on the original concepts in new and awesome ways.
Super Smash Bros. Crusade can be downloaded HERE. If you wish to add in other characters and stages, visit the game’s mod page at Game Banana. And feel free to let me know how you like the game in the comments.