Damn, truth really is stranger than fiction isn’t it?
In fact, if this was any other year, you’d think we lost the plot. After all, Shaggy from Scooby Doo? In a platformer alongside Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, Batman and Johnny Bravo?
That just sounds too absurd to be real. Like, something from the deranged mind of a nutcase. Or perhaps the fantasies of your average 12 year old fanfiction writer.
But apparently it’s not. Apparently, Warner Bros wants to get in the old platform fighter action, and make their own version of Super Smash Bros Ultimate or Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.
With the end result being, one of the batshit insane roster ideas known to man. Indeed, based on the leaks we’ve seen, the cast list includes such names as:
- Shaggy (from Scooby Doo)
- Gandalf (the Lord of the Rings)
- Tom and Jerry
- Fred Flintstone
- Mad Max
- Johnny Bravo
This WB platform fighter is real, but it is not a Netherrealm game. Come on. https://t.co/WkMiKf4dTH
— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) October 24, 2021
And potentially even Harry and Ron from the Harry Potter series. So yeah, if this is real, we’ve got cartoon characters, DC comic book superheroes and live action film characters beating the hell out of each other in a bunch of random settings based on said franchises.
Oh and apparently Nethersoft (the developers of the Mortal Kombat series) might be developing it too. As if this tale of insanity couldn’t get stranger and stranger.
But is it true?
Is such a game even remotely plausible?
Well, to be perfectly honest… yes.
Cause in 2021, you really can’t count out anything anymore. Indeed, in the last console generation alone we’ve had such things as:
- Mario taking control of a realistic T-Rex, fighting a dragon straight out Dark Souls and exploring a pastiche of New York City with human NPCs
- A game where Mario meets the Rabbids, complete with an opera singing Rabbid that mocks the cliches of the series on stage
Super Smash Bros Ultimate in general, where Banjo, Sora, Sephiroph and Steve from Minecraft can all be playable in the same battle. On a stage based on Wii Fit.
- A Pokemon game where mismatched fossils, a penguin with an ice cube for a head and a ghostly teapot are all monsters you can catch and battle with.
- Paper Mario: The Origami King, with murderous Scissors, Toad genocide and blatant Wind Waker references…
- Plus a Crash Bandicoot series where an iron checkpoint crate is a playable character and the Noid from the Dominos commercials in a boss in the mobile game.
With that just being the tip of the iceberg. Add this to Warner Bros’ own crazy ideas in the last few years or so (Space Jam 2 with characters from The Matrix, IT and A Clockwork Orange as background characters, Scooby Doo meeting Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ultra Instinct Shaggy being made canon in the opening sequence of the animated Mortal Kombat movie)…
And it’s clear that all standards of normality have long stopped applying. Like where do you even go from here? How do you even start to comprehend what’s realistic and what isn’t anymore?
You just can’t really. So we’re just gonna run with it, assume this is indeed happening, and grab the popcorn in anticipation of the inevitable reveal trailer. Because at this point in time? It’s clear that trying to figure out what’s reasonable and what isn’t it is just a fool’s errand, and that the craziness of the modern world knows no bounds.
Either way, what do you think? Do you think this rumoured Smash Bros competitor is happening? What other kinds of crazy character choices could Warner Bros make here?
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