Warner Bros.’ all-star platform brawler MultiVersus already cements its status as a colossal hit. Thanks to its heaping roster of some of the most iconic characters and properties from gaming, film, and TV, the game’s open beta confirmed its gargantuan popularity by surpassing 10 million active players just weeks after release. If the current trend continues, MultiVersus could become one of the most popular fighting games of all time.
Such an achievement is all the more remarkable given that Warner Bros. crossover brawler. is not even close to its final form. MultiVersus is still in open beta thanks to the Season 1 delay, meaning the sky’s the limit for how successful the cartoonish fighter could yet become. For fans who’ve had a taste of smash ’em up platforming action or otherwise need something to fill the time before the first season ends, there are plenty of alternatives to scratch that itch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is an obvious inspiration for MultiVersus
The game MultiVersus has been most often compared to (and by far one of his biggest inspirations) is the mega-hit platformer Super Smash Bros Ultimate — the MultiVersus of the Nintendo universe. Also featuring a huge roster of characters from all Nintendo franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Kirby and Metroid, Super Smash Bros. is one of the few titles whose list can match that of Warner Bros. heavyweight catalog of branded brawlers.
Still, UltimateThe reputation of should not be built on retroactive comparisons with a newcomer to the market. Ultimate is still the best-selling fighting game ever made and easily one of the most revered and acclaimed, its legacy extending far beyond the inspiration of Warner Bros. own licensed effort. Many are touting the pair as already locked in a battle for fighting game supremacy, but if anything, MultiVersus should be honored to be placed in the same realm as the game and series that so clearly inspired it.
Brawlhalla is a free option
Another free-to-play fighting game, this time developed by Blue Mammoth and published by Ubisoft, brawlhalla is one of the most popular and most played fighting games on the market today. Boasting a massive playerbase and huge esports community, this is where pros battle for pixelated combat supremacy.
Whereas brawlhalla may be free-to-play, the game features a rather controversial tiered item and character purchase system, which means players will end up shelling out extra money for the features and fighters they want to use in more than the basic list. Yet, in terms of games that share significant DNA with MultiVersus, it’s hard to go too far with Brawlhalla.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is probably better suited to a somewhat younger audience than those attracted by the lure of MultiVersus‘diverse roster of playable characters, but he’s still likely to have great crossover appeal with those in love with MultiVersus‘ more family-friendly fighters.
As the name suggests, star brawl features many of the network’s most popular cartoon and comic creations for kids, including SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even Ren and Stimpy, and has them do battle on a series of vibrant stages and eclectic settings. It’s more than a child-focused program Smash Bros. clone, but insofar as smash clones go, that’s a pretty decent one.
Injustice 2 offers a darker take on MultiVersus’ DC characters
Moving away from platform brawler design and the more traditional 2D battle format, the brilliant Injustice 2 is the most logical choice, apart from mediocre Mortal Kombat vs. DC, for gamers who want to see more MultiVersus‘ super powerful titans in action against a darker, grittier backdrop.
Whereas MultiVersus currently only has Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Superman, and Batman as four tentpole heroes, Injustice has access to virtually every figure in the DC canon, including Brainiac, Dr. Fate, The Flash, and Cyborg. Alongside the excellent Mortal Kombat 11also directed by NetherRealm and directed by Ed Boon, Injustice 2 is still one of the best 1v1 fighters out there.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
MultiVersus may be phenomenally popular right now, but Mario Kart remains the ultimate crossover board game. It’s not a combat sim, but there are so few franchises that can come close to Mario KartThe huge multiplayer appeal of , especially when it comes to the dying art of split-screen party play and competitive co-op in the same space. As for board games, Mario Kart is always the one to beat.
More Mario Kart the games are iconic delights and essential installments on any player’s staple curriculum of must-have titles, but the most recent entry has taken things to another level. A glorious mix of old and new, it’s worth picking up a Nintendo Switch console for the sublime cart racer alone.