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Green Pipe Dreams: A Wishlist of Unlikely Nintendo Crossover Titles

With Nintendo, fans have learned to expect the unexpected, but what are some truly surprising crossovers that I think would make exceptional games? Here is my Nintendo crossover wishlist.



Nintendo’s history is full of unexpected crossover titles. Just on the Switch alone, Nintendo’s youngest console, are the unprecedented crossovers of Fire Emblem and Omega Force’s Warriors franchise in the form of Fire Emblem Warriors, the fusion of Pokemon and Tekken in Pokken Tournament DX, and the impossibly successful combination of Ubisoft’s Rabbids with Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. With Nintendo, fans have learned to expect the unexpected, but what are some truly surprising crossovers that I think would make exceptional games? Here is my Nintendo crossover wishlist.

Kingdom Hearts and the Nintendo-verse- “Kingdom Hearts: Mushroom Kingdom” or “Mushroom Kingdom Hearts”

I’m not the first to suggest this, and I won’t be the last. Square Enix and Nintendo have a long history together, including one truly brilliant fusion of Square’s first rate RPG gameplay and Super Mario Bros. action, charming character, and familiar narrative in the way of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Star. Most recently fans were treated to the unforeseen inclusion of FFVII‘s Cloud Strife in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, allowing the owners of the Master Sword and the Buster Sword to clash for the first time outside of the popularity polls. While I’d be more than happy with another Super Mario RPG, the worlds I’d truly love to see (final) mix it up are those Kingdom Hearts and the entirety of the Nintendo-verse.  With KH‘s Dark Seeker Saga finally, maybe, actually wrapping up, what better detour for the franchise to take than one into the beloved realms of Nintendo’s franchises?

Now, I recognize that Kingdom Hearts is already a happy union between Final Fantasy and Disney and adding another element to that coalescence might make a mess, however, while the combination of Disney and Nintendo seems like a match made in family-friendly heaven, I think the best way to proceed would be to substitute Nintendo for Disney for a spinoff title. Structurally, Kingdom Hearts is optimized for crossovers as the narrative follows keyblade wielders hopping from world to world, franchise to franchise to protect them from an external danger.

In this scenario, those worlds, rather than being the wonderful worlds of Disney, would be Hyrule Kingdom, Mushroom Kingdom, Donkey Kong Country, Brinstar, Corneria, Inkopolis, and many, many more beloved Nintendo destinations. Seeing Sora, Riku, and Kairi Disney bound has always been a treat, but how fun would it be to see them Earthbound and fighting Heartless alongside the Super Smash cast of Link, Samus, Fox, DK, and, of course, everyone’s favorite plumber, Waluigi… or Mario… depending on who you ask. Square Enix has been vocal about Kingdom Hearts III being the conclusion of a saga but not the franchise, but what follows for Sora and friends, or maybe even a new cast of characters, no one knows. I’ll hold out hope for Mushroom Kingdom Hearts, but more than likely this will remain a green pipe dream.

Fatal Frame and Pokemon Snap– “Pokemon Spirit Snap” or “Project Pokemon Zero”

The most unlikely pairing on this list, despite the preexisting crossover title Pokemon Conquest shared between the two teams, this dream nightmare combination might sound like a stretch, but has so much potential it’s haunting. The odds of this title ever happening are ever so slightly improved by the fact that developer Koei Tecmo and Nintendo are on good working terms and even further improved considering Nintendo now co-owns Fatal Frame! Beyond being an eerily enticing concept, the creepy combination would undoubtedly be beneficial to all parties. Being paired with Pokemon could only improve the Fatal Frame franchise’s popularity, while a Fatal Frame scenario and gameplay being applied to Pokemon Snap would resolve the issue Pokemon director Junichi Masuda raised with the much clamored for Snap sequel.  In an interview with the now closed CVG regarding Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Masuda had this to say concerning a Snap port or sequel:

As a player, I definitely want to play a cool new version of Pokemon Snap, but, at the same time, I also think if it was just a remake with better graphics, I don’t think it would be as interesting as a lot of people are imagining. If someone was to end up developing it they’d have to come up with some cool ideas to really make it a good game for the current generation. It’s sort of like what I was saying about Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. If it was just a direct port that would be kind of neat as well, but having new elements is definitely important.

Fatal Frame‘s signature gameplay and sinister scenarios merged with the concept of snapping pictures of Pokemon provides exactly the kind of gameplay hook and concept necessary to breathe new life into a now nearly twenty-year-old Pokemon Snap.

Acerola’s trial in “Pokemon Sun” and “Moon” had trainers reveal Ghost Pokemon with the Pokefinder camera feature!

But what would this long awaited spiritual (heh) successor to Pokemon Snap look like?  Borrowing a scenario similar to Fatal Frame, a town, perhaps the infamous Lavender Town, has been overrun by all varieties of Ghost Pokemon who are menacing the public and resisting capture, (phantom) forcing the living inhabitants of Lavender Town to abandon their homes and town.  One photographer, armed with the mysterious Camera Obscura, has what seems to be the only means of pacifying these restless spirit Pokemon and riddling out what mystery lies at the dark heart of Lavender Town’s haunting situation. While a survival horror-lite title might seem like a dark detour for the Pokemon brand, Game Freak’s games always include eerie elements, with some of the franchise’s ghoulish ghosties’ Pokedex descriptions being downright disturbing.

The fun designs of the Ghost-type Pokemon ensure the games imagery would never be unsuitable for a younger audience, while tonally the game could easily keep closer to Luigi’s Mansion rather than the Fatal Frame franchise itself. Narratively, the fright fest could easily resolve with a nightmarish Darkrai, menacing Marshadow, or envious Mimikyu causing all of the chaos without ever encroaching on Fatal Frame‘s typical masochistic human sacrifice notes. As far as finding an audience, well, that should be the least of producers fears! Wherever there are Pokemon, there are eager trainers, where there are trainers, there are those clamoring for Pokemon Snap. If Creepypasta is anything to go by, this dark dream of a crossover’s audience has been lurking in the shadows of the franchise for a long time.

Monster Hunter and Pokemon– “Pocket Monster Hunter”

Ironically, I sleep soundly waiting for the nightmare merging of Koei Tecmo’s Fatal Frame and Pokemon Snap. But, the lack of a Pokemon and Monster Hunter crossover… that keeps me up at night. One might be an action RPG and the other a more traditional JRPG, but fundamentally they are very similar concepts centered around defeating or capturing powerful, elemental monsters out in the wild. That might sound reductive, but I endlessly compare the wyverns and beasts of Monster Hunter World to the Pokemon I’m much more familiar with.

The frigid, elegant Legiana of MHW I’ve taken to calling Lugia. My thunder kinsect? He’s a Vikavolt, for sure! My Palico? Well, he’s named after Dragon Ball Super‘s Lord Beerus, but he could’ve easily been yellow and named Pikachu, or Meowth, that’s right! Jyuratodus is Quagsire, Tobi-Kadachi is a Pachirisu/Emolga mother Muk-er, Paoluma is Swoobat, Barroth is a Bastiodon, and need I go on? As if that wasn’t enough, both games have Dragonites for Arceus’ sake! There needs to be a Pocket Monster and Monster Hunter mashup! The similarities are already there and it’s too fun a concept, not to mention potentially monstrously lucrative, not to happen! Monster Hunter World might have been a monumental success, but imagine the new fans it could capture if it directly appealed to Poke-fans? And what could make the MH gameplay loop even more engaging? If it featured popular Pokemon, of course!

A wild Lugia and Swoobat appeared!

There’d have to be certain adjustments on both ends of the crossover. For one thing, you can’t kill and carve Pokemon. Equally pressing, the game would have to take place before Pokemon battles, balls, and badges. It wouldn’t be the first time a Pokemon spinoff was set in a much earlier era than the main series games, just see Pokemon Conquest. The game could easily revolve around a human settlement handling dangerous, neighboring Pokemon before the advent of Pokeballs and trainers, allowing for the crossover to mirror Monster Hunter‘s signature gameplay. In the place of child trainers would be experienced Pokemon hunters equipped with MH‘s signature arsenal of weapons. A fight with a Pokemon might not culminate in a choice between killing and capturing a target like in MH, but in main series Poke-titles, wild Pokemon encounters present players with a similar choice between knocking a Pokemon out or capturing it, and the same could be said here. Rather than carved, maybe a K.O.ed ‘mon could be sketched and studied before being let loose, where captured monsters would be studied more rigorously. All resulting armor and equipment could simply be inspired by wild Pokemon rather than supplied through wild Pokemon parts.

Alternatively, and admittedly more difficult to conceive, perhaps the player could control roughly human sized sized Pokemon wielding weapons they could generate through their elemental powers. For example, a low level water Katana user might play as Froakie, eventually replaced by a fierce Greninja with a wicked water Katana. After SSB, this isn’t without precedent. Weavile could wield ice Dual Blades, Magmortar a fiery Heavy Bowgun, Empoleon perhaps a watery Charge Blade, and Aegislash… well, he is a Sword and Shield.  This might be an unnecessarily complicated rework of the existing weapon and armor system, but could create the quintessential Pokemon battle experience. In either case, Pocket Monster Hunter is about as good a combo as a Slowpoke and Shellder, and given Monster Hunter‘s long history of exclusivity on Nintendo consoles, maybe this pipe dream isn’t so wild after all.

Here’s to hoping for a lot more uncanny combinations out of the Big N and friends.  What are your favorite Nintendo crossovers and, given the opportunity, what franchises would you choose to fuse? Let me know!  And take the worlds advice to keep dreaming!




Fantastic Fest 2019: Second Wave Adds ‘Knives Out’, ‘Parasite’ and More




This year’s Fantastic Fest is shaping up with one of the strongest lineups in recent years and if the first wave announcement didn’t impress you, the second wave of films announced today will have you running to buy tickets.

Wave two brings a ton of exciting new titles including Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out, Bong Joon-ho‘s Palme d’Or winner Parasite, as well as Richard Stanley‘s The Color Out of Space and the latest from filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, Synchronic.

This year, Fantastic Fest will also be spotlighting Mexican genre films such as The Black Pit of Dr. M and The Ship of Monsters—and, the festival will also include a sidebar dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema.

Check out the full second wave film lineup below. Fantastic Fest runs September 19-26. Be sure to check back as we will be covering the event once again this year.

Abou Leila
Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019
North American Premiere, 139 min
Director – Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
In the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

The Antenna
Turkey, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Orçun Behram
Somewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

The Black Pit Of Dr. M
Mexico, 1959
Repertory Screening, 82 min
Director – Fernando Méndez
Two doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 80 min
Director – Joe Begos
While trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

Blood Machines
France, USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 50 min
Director – Seth Ickerman
The wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, Turbo Killer, shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

Butt Boy
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 100 min
Director – Tyler Cornack
Writer/director/comedian Tyler Cornack’s Butt Boy introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

Climate Of The Hunter
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Mickey Reece
The “Soderbergh of the Sticks,” Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

Color Out Of Space
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – Richard Stanley
Unimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.

Iron Fists And Kung Fu Kicks
Australia, 2019
North American Premiere, 107 min
Director – Serge Ou
From the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

Knives Out
USA, 2019
Special Presentation, 130 min
Director – Rian Johnson
In attendance – Director Rian Johnson
From acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes Knives Out, a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit” mystery genre.

The Lodge
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 108 min
Directors – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Five years after Goodnight Mommy stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

The Long Walk
Laos, Spain, Singapore, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Mattie Do
In attendance – Director Mattie Do
An old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother’s painful death..

2014, USA
Repertory Screening, 65 min
Director – Stewart Thorndike
In attendance – Director Stewart Thorndike
After the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
USA, 1985
Repertory Screening, 87 min
Director – Jack Sholder
In attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim Myers
Jesse (Mark Patton) is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

Austria, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Karl Markovics
In a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics’ remarkable and poignant third feature.

South Korea, 2019
Texas Premiere, 131 min
Director – Bong Joon-ho
Bong Joon-ho’s seventh feature — about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment — is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

Belgium, 2019
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Tim Mielants
Patrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick’s search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn’t even know existed.

Phil Tippett – Mad Dreams And Monsters
France, 2019
International Premiere, 80 min
Directors – Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet
After their documentary Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

The Platform
Spain, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
In attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Somewhere in the future exists The Platform, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner’s luck hold? One man is about to find out.

1977, United Kingdom
Repertory Screening, 78 min
Director – Norman J. Warren
Jessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they’re chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 100 min
Directors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen
In attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen
More than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton (star of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

The Ship Of Monsters
Mexico, 1960
Repertory Screening, 81 min
Director – Rogelio A. González
Two Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

USA, 2019
US Premiere, 96 min
Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
In attendance – Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Two paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

Trampa Infernal
Mexico, 1989
Repertory Screening, 77 min
Director – Pedro Galindo III
In Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!!

The True Adventures Of Wolfboy
USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 88 min
Director – Martin Krej?í
Suffering from hypertrichosis — which covers him with animal-like fur — Paul knows he’s not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

The Vast Of Night
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 90 min
Director – Andrew Patterson
A rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

USA, 2019
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Joe Begos
In attendance – Director Joe Begos
In the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they’ve set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos’ star-studded latest.

USA, 2019
World Premiere, 71 min
Director – Jack Henry Robbins
In attendance – Director Jack Henry Robbins
This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape.

Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019
US Premiere, 98 min
Director – Lorcan Finnegan
When young couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Gets a Mysterious Trailer




Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for Antlers, a rural horror film about a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret that places the entire town in danger.

Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Nick Antosca, the creator of the criminally underrated horror anthology series Channel Zero. Not much is yet known about Antlers other than Fox Searchlight, now owned by Disney, has scheduled the film for a 2020 release. Rounding up the main cast is Graham Green, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze and Rory Cochrane. Watch the trailer below.

Antlers Movie
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Be Excellent to Each Other with these Awesome ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Figures

“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”




Since its release in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), a Saturday morning cartoon, a comic book series, and launched actor Keanu Reeves into movie stardom. And now, three-plus decades later, Bill and Ted are getting their own scale collectible set courtesy Sideshow and Blitzway.

This is your chance to own the friendly duo in one go! The work put into creating these high-end figures is truly astounding as the figures capture the look of a young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves just as we remember them. If you have $399 to spend, they can be all yours.

Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features:

Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.
Highly detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” Logan
Newly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft arms
Two (2) Newly designed and developed figure stands
Twelve (12) interchangeable hands (total for both) including:
Two (2) pairs of guitar hands
Two (2) right blow fist hands
Two (2) pairs of open hands
Two (2) right good fortune hands

Costume for Bill:

One (1) purple pattern shirt
One (1) graphic t-shirts
One (1) pair of blue jeans
One (1) pair of pattern underpants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

Costume for Ted:

One (1) blue jacket
One (1) black vest
One (1) graphic t-shirt
One (1) pair of graphic shorts
One (1) pair of inner training pants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

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Watch the Creepy Trailer for ‘Little Nightmares 2’: Six is Back and She has Help.




One of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2019 so far is the announcement of Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the puzzle-platformer hit horror game developed by Tarsier Studios.

While the first Little Nightmares has you take control a character named Six while avoiding instant death as she traverses alone amongst the depths of a dungeon, the sequel will give her a companion named Mono, who must accompany Six throughout her terrifying new journey.  

Little Nightmares was one of our favorite games of 2017 and so we can’t wait to get our hands on the sequel. In our review, James Baker wrote, “Tarsier Studios have created a wholly original concept to a horror genre that has leaned more towards thriller before anything else, bringing its roots back without relying on jump-scares and needlessly-gory shocks. Just like hide-and-seek, Little Nightmares captures the fear of being caught, albeit in a creepy, macabre style.”

Little Nightmares 2 will be released sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer below and if you are a fan of the first game, we recommend reading this article that dives deep into the meaning behind Little Nightmares.

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NBA 2K20’s Story Mode Gets a Stunning Trailer




NBA 2K19 features to date, its strongest MyCareer mode with the aptly titled, “The Way Back”, a fascinating look at the culture behind college basketball recruiting. The story mode was well received by critics and fans everywhere and in our review, we called it, “an incredible achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length”.

NBA 2K20 which will be released in less than a month, promises to include an even better story mode, and while we haven’t played the game yet, we have plenty of reasons to think it might be. Not only does it feature an all-star cast with top-tier talents such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson, but the story mode – entitled “When the Lights Are Brightest” – is being produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Productions, the same company behind the upcoming Space Jam 2.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, give us a good idea of what to expect. We get a glimpse at Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson in action as well as the rest of the supporting cast which includes Thomas Middleditch, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris, Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White!

The NBA 2K20 demo will go live on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and will allow players to create a character and get a head start on MyCareer. Any progress made will carry over to the full game, which will be released Sept. 6 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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