The 5 Coolest Fighting Game Guest Appearances
One staple to the fighting game genre is its inclusion of cameo characters from other established franchises. They can be a tad on the wacky side or may even fit right in with the game’s lore. With the recent release of the guest character-packed Mortal Kombat XL and the announcement that the Arbiter from Halo will be in the next Killer Instinct DLC, we thought it would be timely to run down some of the best guest characters in fighting games. Put up your fisticuffs, because it’s time to throw down!
1. The Predator in Mortal Kombat X
Out of the jungle and into the Kombat arena, the badass alien hunter fits right in with the spine-pulling kombatants of the Mortal Kombat saga. With his huge arsenal of deadly gadgets, this horror icon was a sure pick for the series. In fact, Mortal Kombat has always had great guest characters, like Jason Vorhees, Kratos, Freddy Krueger, and even a xenomorph from Alien. You can clearly see the love developers have for these iconic franchises. The Predator DLC even came with a Carl Weathers-inspired Jax skin. You can read the original Space review for Mortal Kombat X here.
2. Akuma in X-Men: Children of Atom
One of the first guest characters in a fighting game, the villainous Akuma snagged a guest spot as a hidden fighter in 1994’s X-Men: Children of Atom. Sadly, this game wasn’t too original. In fact, it played almost identical to Capcom’s other fighting game, Super Street Fighter II Turbo. But let’s give this one some credit—without Akuma’s inclusion, we may have never seen fan-favourite Marvel vs. Capcom come to fruition. Hyper Combo FTW.
3. Rash in Killer Instinct
Battletoads are back…sort of. It took a while but Microsoft finally realized they had some cool Rare characters at their disposal and decided to throw Rash from Battletoads into the fray as season three DLC for Xbox One’s Killer Instinct. His goofy attributes and attitude make this appearance full-on fun, adding a breath of fresh air to the otherwise serious fighting game. But don’t let his silly appearance fool ya, Rash can turn into wrecking balls and grow some dangerous ram horns to cause serious damage.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
After years of getting into heated school-yard arguments over whether or not the blue speedster could beat up Mario, fanboys finally got their wish with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with its inclusion of Sonic the Hedgehog. Albeit being pretty low on the tier list, Sonic was a solid addition to the roster, with his supersonic speed and rage-inducing taunts. The hedgehog even got an invite back to the franchise’s next instalment, Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, but sadly he didn’t bring Tails or Knuckles to the fight.
5. Link in Soulcalibur II
There’s just something so cool, strange, and awesome about seeing your childhood hero kick ass in a mature fighting game. Link, the Hylian hero, got a rare appearance in non-Nintendo fighting game Soulcalibur II. While PlayStation 2 got Tekken’s Heihachi and Xbox got, um, Spawn, Nintendo players were the real winners when the hero of time himself decided to make an appearance in the GameCube version of the game. Namco even included a backstory for the character to explain why the hell he was even there.