Gaming Things We Think Are Cool!! - Games that have 'special appearances' from other game characters.

That's what this page is about.

Rules for inclusion on this page:
#1 - Only cases where the guest character is either a playable character, or an enemy, boss or interactable opponent, count. No straight-up cameos!
#2 - They must be from separate series- Ryo Sakazaki in Fatal Fury Special counts, for instance, but Hibachi in DoDonPachi Resurrection doesn't.
However, it's OK if they're in the same story continuity but originate from different series (like Street Fighter and Final Fight).
#3 - Games that are crossover games to begin with (Fighters Megamix, Super Smash Bros, etc.) don't count.
However, certain exceptional circumstances (such as Cole in Street Fighter x Tekken and the guests in Nitro+ Blasterz) will be considered.

Rules for page presentation:
#1 - English titles first, Japanese titles second.
#2 - Presented in chronological order, except when dealing with a series (i.e. Oneechabara/Aero Fighters)
We'll run through all remaining titles in that series, then go back to year order.
#3 - We'll only be listing initial/relevant release platforms and years, for space concerns.
#4 - We've divided things into 1980-1994 (this page), 1995-1999 (next page), 2000-2009 (next next page) and 2010-Present (final page).
Click the links to skip around!



Bubble Bobble
(Arcade, 1986, Taito)


Maita & Monsta
from Chack'n Pop - Arcade, 1983, Taito

How to Encounter/Notes:
Maitas first appear in Round 6.
Monstas first appear in Round 10.
Both would become recurring characters in the Bubble Bobble and Puzzle Bobble series, to the point where it's easy to forget they originally came from Chack'n Pop!
Additionally, unused sprites of an enemy resemlbing Zen-Chan can be found inside Chack'n Pop's ROM [Source]



Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja
DragonNinja

(Arcade / NES, 1988, Data East)


Karnov
from Karnov - Arcade, 1987, Data East

How to Encounter/Notes:
Karnov is the boss of Stage 1.
A remixed version of the main theme from Karnov plays when you encounter him.



Syvalion
(Arcade, 1988, Taito)


XYZOLOG
from XYZOLOG - MSX, 1984, Taito / Compile

How to Encounter/Notes:
XYZOLOG can appear as a random boss in any chapter.
While it's probably a little bit of a stretch, given its name and appearance faintly resembling the x-shaped enemies in XYZOLOG, it's fair to assume Taito meant this as a little nod to this weird MSX game, developed for Taito by Compile. [Source] [Source]



Power Drift
(Arcade, 1988, Sega AM2)


F-14 Tomcat & Motorcycle
from After Burner II (F-14 Tomcat) - Arcade, 1987, Sega AM2
& Hang-On (Motorcycle) - Arcade, 1985, Sega AM2

How to Unlock/Notes:
Clear Course A, C or E, placing 1st in every single race, to enter a bonus level where shortly after starting, your car will morph into the F-14 Tomcat.
Clear Course B or D, placing 1st in every single race, to enter a bonus level where shortly after starting, your car will morph into the Hang-On motorcycle. [Source]



Cameltry
(Arcade, 1989, Taito)


Chack'n, Bonze Kackremboh, Crab, Dog, & Roy Adams
from Chack'n Pop (Chack'n) - Arcade, 1983, Taito
Bonze Adventure / Jigoku Meguri (Bonze Kackremboh) - Arcade, 1988, Taito
Space Invaders (Crab) - Arcade, 1983, Taito
Plump Pop (Dog) - Arcade, 1987, Taito
& Operation Wolf (Roy Adams) - Arcade, 1987, Taito

How to Unlock/Notes:
Hold Start while selecting a course (except Training) to bring up the marble select screen, where marbles based on these characters are available to choose.
... This one really is stretching it, but c'mon, the disembodied head of Roy Adams! For some reason!?



On the Ball
(SNES, 1992, Taito)


Bubblen
from Bubble Bobble - Arcade, 1986, Taito

How to Unlock/Notes:
American / European versions only!
All three versions have a Ball Select screen accessed with a password- TYPE in the Japanese version, GFXJF in the American / European versions.
All of them have Crab, Chack'n, Dog and a spaceman also in the arcade version, but while the Japanese version has Roy Adams from the arcade game, the American and European versions replace him with Bubblen. [Source]
Bubblen's inclusion is pretty half-assed though- he has new shading, but he never spins around!



Champion Wrestler
(Arcade, 1989, Taito)


Rastan
from Rastan/Rastan Saga - Arcade, 1987, Taito

How to Unlock/Notes:
Rastan, appearing in this game under the name Miracle Rastan, is available from the start.



Megablast
(Arcade, 1989, Taito)




Chack'n, Bubblun, Doh and The Organizer
from Chack'n Pop (Chack'n) - Arcade, 1983, Taito
Bubble Bobble (Bubblun)- Arcade, 1986, Taito
Arkanoid (Doh) - Arcade, 1986, Taito
& Raimais (The Organizer) - Arcade, 1988, Taito

How to Unlock/Notes:
Enemies based on these characters appear as midbosses throughout the game- The Organizer in Round 2, Doh in Round 3, Chack'n in Round 7 and Bubblun in Round 9.
All of them return for a boss rush in the final round.



Image Fight
(PC-Engine, 1990, Irem)


Mr. Heli
from Battle Chopper/Mr. Heli no Daibouken - Arcade, 1987, Irem

How to Unlock/Notes:
Mr. Heli does not appear in the arcade version of the gamw.
On the title screen, press Select to enter the Sound Test. Highlight Song C at the bottom and press Down + Select + I + II- the text Mr. Heli will appear. Press I on Mr. Heli, then exit the Sound Test by pressing Run.[Source]



Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II
(Mega Drive, 1992, Sega)


Motorcycle
from Super Hang-On - Arcade, 1987, Sega

How to Unlock/Notes:
Start a new game of World Championship in Master Mode, enter your name as HANG-ON! and select End when prompted to enter your nationality, leaving it blank. On the screen where Ayrton Senna starts talking to you, reset the console. Next select Free Practice, pick any track and pick Image Training. When selecting your Lap and Grid settings, hold Down before pressing A, then pick any transmission type. If done correctly, you will play as the bike from Super Hang-On instead of a Formula 1 car. [Source]



Aero Fighters
Sonic Wings

(Arcade/SNES, 1992/1994, Video System)


Lord River-n-White
from Rabbit Punch / Rabio Lepus - Arcade, 1991, Video System

How to Unlock/Notes:
Lord River-n-White is available from the start (as Player 2 for the United Kingdom team, under the name Lord White).
In two-player mode, Lord River-n-White is partnered with William Sid Pride (Villiam in Aero Fighters 1).
He also appears as a playable character in future games in the series- 2, 3, Special and Limited.


Rabio & Lepus
from Rabbit Punch / Rabio Lepus - Arcade, 1991, Video System)

How to Unlock/Notes:
Rabio makes a brief cameo in the arcade version of Aero Fighters/Sonic Wings, but isn't playable.
In the SNES port, on the Character Select screen hold R on the second controller and press Left, Down, Right, X, Y, A, B, Left, Down, Right, Down, X, Y, A, B to play as Rabio (P1) and Lepus (P2). [Source]
His between-stage dialogue appears to be glitched in the US version of the game.



Aero Fighters 2
Sonic Wings 2

(Neo-Geo, 1994, Video System)


Ellen and Cincia
from Lethal Crash Race - Arcade, 1993, Video System

How to Unlock/Notes:
Ellen and Cincia (Cindy in English versions) are available from the start.
They pilot the F-14, and in two-player mode, they fight under the same flag as Spanky/Whity.
They also appear as playable characters in future games in the series- 3, Special and Limited.



Aero Fighters 3
Sonic Wings 3

(Neo-Geo, 1995, Video System)


Gil & Glen
from Karate Blazers - Arcade, 1991, Video System

How to Unlock/Notes:
Gil & Glen- part of a team with new character Glinda under the name Blazers- are available from the start.
They pilot the P61 Black Widow, and in two-player mode, they're partnered with Hien.


Malcom
from Ta•o Taido - Arcade, 1993, Video System

How to Unlock/Notes:
Malcom is available from the start.
He pilots the DO335 Pfeil, and in two-player mode, he's partnered with Kowful & Lord River-n-White.


Kotomi Kitashirakawa & Red Rabbit
from Rabbit Punch / Rabio Lepus - Arcade, 1991, Video System

How to Unlock/Notes:
After inserting a coin, hold B + Start down for this entire sequence. On the Character Select, press Down when the timer reaches the numbers 7, 5, 2 and 0, each time when the nose of the plane points towards you. If done correctly, Kotomi Kitashirakawa and Rabio will be selected for you. [Source]
In two-player mode, Kotomi is partnered with 'The Man'.
She also appears as a playable character in Sonic Wings Special.



'The Man' (Captain Waffle) & Diabloon
from Spinal Breakers (Captain Waffle) - Arcade, 1990, Video System
& Turbo Force (Diabloon) - Arcade, 1991, Video System

How to Unlock/Notes:
After inserting a coin, hold B + Start down for this entire sequence. On the Character Select, press Right then press Down when the timer reaches the numbers 7, 5, 2 and 0, each time when the nose of the plane points towards you. If done correctly, 'The Man' and Diabloon will be selected for you. [Source]
Diabloon's weapon system is based on the one from Turbo Force, so you'll lose power over time!
'The Man' is shrouded in shadows during your playthrough, until you reach the end and it's revealed to be Captain Waffle. Additionally, his ending mentions the 'Hildride' base as being destroyed, a new translation of the 'Hildroid', the main enemy forces from Spinal Breakers.
In two-player mode, 'The Man' is partnered with Kotomi Kitashirakawa, but it's not Captain Waffle this time- at the end of your game, 'The Man' is revealed to be someone completely different, Gore, who isn't from any other game.
He also appears as a playable character in Sonic Wings Special.

Massive props to The Sonic Wings Wiki for all the info they have on these cameos!
(Seriously, I knew about Rabio Lepus but Lethal Crash Race? Nah, wasn't gonna spot that. Damn.)



Saturday Night Slam Masters
Muscle Bomber

(Arcade, 1993, Capcom)


Mike "Macho" Haggar
from Final Fight - Arcade, 1989, Capcom

How to Unlock/Notes:
Haggar is available from the start.
He also appears as a playable character in future games in the series- Muscle Bomber Duo, Ring of Destruction: Saturday Night Slam Masteres II/Super Muscle Bomber: The International Blowout



Rock 'N Roll Racing
(SNES/Mega Drive/Game Boy Advance, 1993/1994/2003, Slilcon & Synapse)


Olaf the Stout
from The Lost Vikings - Mega Drive, 1992, Slilcon & Synapse

How to Unlock/Notes:
In the SNES version, on the Character Select screen highlight Snake then hold L, R and Select and press Right to unlock Olaf. [Source]
In the Mega Drive version, on the Character Select screen press Up, Right, Up, Right, Down, Left, Down, Left, Right to unlock Olaf. [Source]
In the Game Boy Advance version, on the Character Select screen highlight Tarquinn, then press L, R and Right together, then Right to unlock Olaf. [Source]



Fatal Fury Special
Garou Densetsu Special

(Neo-Geo, 1993, SNK)


Ryo Sakazaki
from Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken - Neo-Geo, 1992, SNK

How to Unlock/Notes:
Finish the game without losing a round to fight Ryo after defeating Krauser. [Source]
After beating him, in the Neo-Geo home version, wait for the demo. When you hear the word "Fight!", enter Up, A, Left, A, Down, A, Right, A, Up, C, Right, C, Down, C, Left, C, Up, C. You can only play as Ryo in Player Vs. Player Mode. [Source]



Fighter's History
(Arcade/SNES, 1993/1994, Data East)


Karnov
from Karnov - Arcade, 1987, Data East

How to Unlock/Notes:
Karnov is the final boss of the game. He is not playable or unlockable in the arcade version, unless you use cheats in MAME.
In the SNES port (pictured), on the title screen press Right, Right, Up, Up, L, R to unlock both Clown and Karnov.[Source]
He also appears as a playable character in future games in the series- Karnov's Revenge / Fighter's History Dynamite, Fighter's History: Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!



Fighter's History: Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!
(SNES, 1995, Data East)


Chelnov
from Atomic Runner Chelnov - Nuclear Man, the Fighter - Arcade, 1988, Data East

How to Unlock/Notes:
Chelnov is the new final boss of the game.
To play as him, wait until the Title Screen says 'Fighter's History' (don't skip the intro or you'll go straight to the menu) then press Down, Down, Up, Up, Right, Left, L, R. You'll hear a voice if it's worked. [Source]
Chelnov cannot be used in Mizoguchi!! Mode.



Aggressors of Dark Kombat
Tsuuka GANGAN Koushinkyoku

(Neo-Geo, 1994, ADK)


Fuuma Kotaro
from World Heroes - Neo-Geo, 1992, Alpha Denshi

How to Unlock/Notes:
Fuuma is available from the start.



OutRunners
(Mega Drive, 1994, Sega/Data East)


Virtua Formula
from Virtua Racing - Arcade, 1992, Sega

How to Unlock/Notes:
Japanese version only!
On the Title Screen, press Left, Right, Left, Right, B, C, A. You'll hear a tone if done correctly. Then select Arcade Mode and on the Car Select screen, Virtua Formula is to the left of Easy Handling. [Source]
In the U.S. version of the game, you'll still hear the tone if the cheat is entered, but Virtua Formula won't appear.



NBA Jam: Tournament Edition
(Arcade, 1994, Midway)


Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile & Raiden
from Mortal Kombat - Arcade, 1992, Midway

How to Unlock/Notes:
Revisions 1.00 and 2.00 only!
To play as Sub-Zero, enter SUB as your initials and DEC 5 as your birthday.
To play as Scorpion, enter SCO as your initials and JUL 6 as your birthday.
To play as Reptile, enter RPT as your initials and NOV 11 as your birthday.
To play as Raiden, enter RAD as your initials and JUL 9 as your birthday. [Source]
These characters were removed from subsequent revisions of the game at the request of the NBA over the controversy surrounding Mortal Kombat at the time. [Source] (Four other characters- Tim Coman, Elviscious, Grim Reaper and Kongo- were also removed).



The King of Fighters Series
(Various, 1994-2013, SNK)



The King of Fighters is what you'd call an exceptional case. It's not explicitly a crossover game, but so many characters from previous SNK games appear that documenting all of them in the style of this page- i.e. providing screenshots of every single character- would be too intense. So, we've created a table with all the characters who appear in previous SNK games and are playable, not just Strikers. We'll be doing this like so: giving the name of an instalment of the series, then listing which characters were introduced in that game and where they're from:

KOF Instalment Character Name Origin Series Origin Game
'94 Terry Bogard Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
'94 Andy Bogard Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
'94 Joe Higashi Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
'94 Mai Shiranui Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury 2 / Garou Densetsu 2
'94 Kim Kaphwan Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury 2 / Garou Densetsu 2
'94 Ryo Sakazaki Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken
'94 Robert Garcia Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken
'94 Takuma Sakazaki Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken
'94 Yuri Sakazaki Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken
'94 King Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken
'94 Ralf Jones Ikari Warriors / Ikari Ikari Warriors / Ikari
'94 Clark Still Ikari Warriors / Ikari Ikari Warriors / Ikari
'94 Athena Asamiya Psycho Soldier Psycho Soldier
'94 Sie Kensou Psycho Soldier Psycho Soldier
'95 Billy Kane Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
'95 Eiji Kisaragi Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken Art of Fighting 2 / Ryūko no Ken 2
'96 Kasumi Todoh Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken Art of Fighting 3 / Ryūko no Ken Gaiden
'96 Geese Howard Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
'96 Wolfgang Krauser Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury 2 / Garou Densetsu 2
'96 Mr. Big Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken Art of Fighting / Ryūko no Ken
'97 Ryuji Yamazaki Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury 3 / Garou Densetsu 3
'97 Blue Mary Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury 3 / Garou Densetsu 3
'99 Li Xiangfei Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 / Real Bout Garou Densetsu 2
2003 Tizoc / Griffon Mask Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Garou: Mark of the Wolves
2003 Gato Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Garou: Mark of the Wolves
XI Duck King Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
XI Tung Fu Rue Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
XI B. Jenet Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Garou: Mark of the Wolves
XI Hotaru Futaba Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Garou: Mark of the Wolves
XI Gai Tendo Buriki One Buriki One
XI Silber Buriki One Buriki One
XI Sho Hayate Savage Reign / Fūun Mokushiroku Savage Reign / Fūun Mokushiroku
XI Jyazu Savage Reign / Fūun Mokushiroku Kizuna Encounter / Fūun Super Tag Battle
XII Raiden Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
XIII Hwa Jai Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
XIV Alice Nakata Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Garou Densetsu: The Legend of Wild Wolf (Pachinko)
XIV Nakoruru Samurai Shodown / Samurai Spirits Samurai Shodown / Samurai Spirits
XIV Mui Mui Dragon Gal (Pachinko) Dragon Gal (Pachinko)
XIV Love Heart Sky Love (Pachinko) Sky Love (Pachinko)
Maximum Impact Rock Howard Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Maximum Impact 2 Richard Meyer Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu
Maximum Impact 2 Lily Kane Fatal Fury / Garou Densetsu Fatal Fury 3 / Garou Densetsu 3
Maximum Impact 2 Hanzo Hattori Samurai Shodown / Samurai Spirits Samurai Shodown / Samurai Spirits
Maximum Impact 2 Fiolina "Fio" Germi Metal Slug Metal Slug 2

There's one other guest character in The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact Regularion "A"...

But they're an even stranger case, so we'll see them another day. Not now, but soon! TIGERBAZOOKAATTACK!


Advance to 1995-1999!


Obviously, we can't take credit for spotting all these. So credits for powerful Twitter folk:

Idolmeister: Shots of Shikigami no Shiro III
DavZZGndm: Rondo of Swords/Deception
HokutoNoShock: Puzzle Bobble 3; shots of Elevator Action Deluxe
inobscurity:Windy x Windam, Gunbird 2
Motherplayer: Boombots
Scrollboss: Shots of Ultra Street Fighter IV
Kimimi: Shots of Lost Planet 2
Liam Ashcroft: Shots and info of Le Mans 24; shots of Virtua Striker 2003; shots of Sonic Riders
Kroogah: Shots and info of Super Meat Boy; shots and info of Spelunky
Jake: Giant Gram: All Japan Pro Wrestling 2; shots and info of Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium, shots and info of Last Legion UX
Ragey: Scans and info of Battle Tryst

Know any we've missed? Got screenshots for some we're missing 'em for?
Fire up your email account, type in themetalslug at gmail dot com and shout words at me to get it right!

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