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Overwatch x Nintendo crossover skins would be perfect for Switch debut

Published: 9/Sep/2019 21:07 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 23:02

by Bill Cooney

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The news that Overwatch will be coming to the Nintendo Switch has a lot of players wondering about the possibility of some Nintendo crossover skins for the game’s heroes.

The first thing announced during the September 4 Nintendo Direct is that Overwatch would be coming to the Nintendo Switch on October 15, 2019.

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Beisdes making plenty of memes about how the game would look running at 30 fps on the Switch’s handheld mode, players also started wondering if some Nintendo crossover skins for Overwatch were in the works.

Blizzard EntertainmentLike a Pharah/Samus skin? Just saying, Blizzard.

Neither Blizzard or Nintendo have even mentioned the possibility about crossover skins coming with the game’s release to Switch, but that hasn’t stopped Overwatch fans from making their own.

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We’ve put together a list of some of the best Nintendo/Overwatch skin concepts out there, some of which have been around for years, but would be perfect while playing Overwatch on Switch.

Waluigi Moira

There may be no better Nintendo/Overwatch mashup possible than Moira and Waluigi, who definitely share the same energy as characters.

This brilliant skin was created by artist and Overwatch fan Antonio Demico, who has created plenty of concept skins for the game before.

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Nintendo seems determined not to add Waluigi to Smash Bros. so why not let him have a presence in Overwatch? It’s only fair.

Shy Guy Reaper and friends

Comic artist Marko Raassina created five amazing Overwatch x Nintendo skin concepts in one panel, which is impressive in it’s own right, but he also gave us a glimpse at one of the greatest Reaper skins ever conceived: Shy Guy Reaper.

With a Shy Guy mask replacing Reyes’ regular skull along with a bright red cloak and some magic mushrooms where his shotgun shells would be – this skin left us in awe the first time we laid eyes on it.

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Of course, Wario Roadhog and the Shimada brothers cosplaying as Mario and Luigi aren’t slouches either, but unfortunately for Junkrat, Moira already has Waluigi on lock.

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Donkey Kong Winston

PeteyPoo4631This Winston DK skin needs to happen Blizzard, please.

If you think about it, a Donkey Kong skin for Winston makes perfect sense since both characters are the most famous gorillas from their respective franchises (even though Winston prefers to be referred to as a “scientist”).

Reddit user PeteyPoo4631 seems to have created the Winston DK skin, along with the others included above, more than two years ago in the heady days of 2017.

The skin is definitely the best from the Imgur album, with the iconic DK barrels making up Winston’s armor – but no tie, something Blizzard would definitely have to fix if they made this skin happen.

Samus D.Va

One of the best Nintendo Overwatch skins was actually created months ago by illustrator Steve Argyle and turns D.Va’s Mech into Samus’ Mech suit, complete with particle cannons.

D.Va has been transformed into Zero Suit Samus as well, which is a nice easter egg for all the Metroid and Overwatch fans out there.

nintendo / blizzardOverwatch is coming to the Switch later this fall.

The Switch gets Overwatch on October 15, 2019, which leaves about a month between then and when this article was written for Blizzard to roll out some new Nintendo crossover skins.

October is also when Overwatch’s Halloween Terror seasonal event starts and Nintendo outfits would make some great Halloween skins for the game’s heroes.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.