Transfer deadline day is upon us, with all the obligatory wheeling and dealing that goes on in the football world. But while we wait to see what our favourite teams will look like once the window slams shuts (it never just closes), it got us thinking about some of the swaps video game characters have made over the years.
Yep, it’s not just Premier League footballers who switch sides. Every now and again, we’ll see game series join other consoles, leaving fans wide-eyed with excitement. Here’s five of the biggest transfers in the gaming world.
Sonic Advance/Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
From the moment he sprinted onto the Mega Drive, Sonic was considered to be Mario’s biggest rival. Throughout the ‘90s, the Italian plumber and speedy hedgehog went toe-to-toe, showing off what Nintendo and Sega consoles could do.
However, on the 20th of December 2001, SEGA released two Sonic games on a Nintendo console. What would have been unthinkable ten years before became a shocking new reality. Since then, Sonic has gone on to have a successful stint with Nintendo and even shared a few games with his old rival, such as Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games and Super Smash Bros.
Final Fantasy VII
Up until the 31st January 1997, Final Fantasy had been a staple on Nintendo consoles. But that all changed when the seventh entry in the series made the leap to the original PlayStation. The reason? The PlayStation’s CD-ROMs could hold more data than the N64’s cartridge, meaning the developers decided to focus on the former. Considering the game is regarded as a classic, we’d say they made the right move.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
When Lara Croft came back in 2013’s Tomb Raider, it felt like the start of a new journey across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. So when Microsoft announced that the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, would be a timed exclusive at Gamescom in 2014, it was a huge move for the series. Fortunately for PlayStation players, this was closer to a loan rather than permanent transfer, as Rise landed on Sony’s console in 2016.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
If Mario and Sonic represented Nintendo and Sega, then Crash was PlayStation’s icon. But after five games on the original PlayStation (yes, we’re including Crash Bash in that), the Bandicoot explored other options, with his PS2 debut also arriving on Xbox and Gamecube. Since then he’s rarely looked back, with his original adventures cropping up on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch with this year’s N. Sane Trilogy.
Final Fantasy XIII
Although this isn’t the first time Final Fantasy makes the list, this is arguably the most shocking change of the lot. With the series established on PlayStation since Final Fantasy VII, gamers were eager to see what Final Fantasy would be like on PS3… until Square-Enix announced at E3 2008 that it would also be launching on Xbox 360. On the same day.
As last minute swaps go, this left the crowd shrieking with excitement and redefining Final Fantasy as a multi-platform series.