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    Guest Character

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    Games featuring guests introduce playable, established characters from outside of a franchise. Primarily but not exclusively seen in fighting games.

    Short summary describing this concept.

    Guest Character last edited by cyberlink420 on 12/12/21 10:30AM View full history

    Overview

    Not to be confused with Cameo Appearance.

    Guest characters have no intention of making themselves scarce and generally have entire campaigns devoted to them. They frequently appear on box art as part of the main design, or are mentioned in a feature bubble. The goal of incorporating a guest character is generally to appeal to fans of that character in an attempt to introduce them to a new franchise and increase sales. As a result, as welcome and integrated as these guest characters are made to feel, they are rarely invited back for a follow up visit in subsequent titles because any influence they might have on expanding the fanbase has already been exploited. Additionally, no one ever really expects them back.

    History

    The term was popularized by Soulcalibur II with the inclusion of console-exclusive guest characters in order to cause excitement among players. While the appearances of Spawn and Heihachi weren't poorly received, Link's appearance made Soulcalibur II a must-own for many Nintendo fans that generally didn't purchase fighting games. The tradition has been continued in the franchise since then, becoming an expected feature.

    Games and Guests

    GameGuest Character(s)
    Dead or Alive 4Spartan-458
    Dead or Alive 5Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant, Pai Chan, Jacky Bryant (Ultimate), Mai Shiranui (Last Round)
    Dead or Alive 6Mai Shiranui, Kula Diamond
    EhrgeizCloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, Sephiroth (PS1), Vincent Valentine (PS1), Yuffie Kisaragi (PS1), Zack Fair (PS1)
    Fighting EX LayerTerry Bogard
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake EaterReiko Hinomoto / Rowdy Reiko
    Mortal Kombat (2009)Freddy Krueger, Kratos (PS3/Vita)
    Mortal Kombat XJason Voorhees, Predator, Leatherface, Alien
    Mortal Kombat 11The Joker, Spawn, Terminator, RoboCop, John Rambo
    NBA Street V3Mario (GCN), Luigi (GCN), Princess Peach (GCN)
    Power Rangers: Battle for the GridRyu, Chun-Li
    Sonic & Sega All-Stars RacingBanjo & Kazooie (360)
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing TransformedDanica Patrick, Wreck-It Ralph, Team Fortress
    Soulcalibur IIHeihachi Mishima (PS2/HD), Link (Gamecube), Spawn (Xbox/HD)
    Soulcalibur IVDarth Vader (PS3), Yoda (Xbox 360), Starkiller, Angol Fear, Ashlotte, Kamikirimusi, Scheherazade, Shura
    Soulcalibur VEzio Auditore Da Firenze
    Soulcalibur VIGeralt of Rivia, 2B, Haohmaru
    SoulCalibur: Broken DestinyKratos
    Soulcalibur LegendsLloyd Irving
    Street Fighter x TekkenCole MacGrath (PS3/Vita), Toro Inoue (PS3/Vita), Kuro (PS3/Vita), Mega Man (PS3/Vita), Pac-Man (PS3/Vita)
    Super Smash Bros. BrawlSolid Snake, Sonic the Hedgehog
    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DSSonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Cloud Strife, Bayonetta
    Super Smash Bros. UltimateSolid Snake, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Ken Masters, Cloud Strife, Bayonetta, Simon Belmont, Richter Belmont, Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie, Terry Bogard, Steve, Sephiroth, Kazuya Mishima, Sora
    Tekken 3Gon
    Tekken 7Akuma, Geese Howard, Noctis Lucis Caelum, Negan
    Unreal Championship 2Raiden
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