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DMCember – Devilish Cameos

by Ben Butzow (pestulio07)

As gaming grows in complexity, with gamers wanting more out of each new entry in a series, the time between new releases has increased dramatically. So it’s always a treat when your favorite character makes a cameo in a different game altogether. Fan favorite Dante, has much more to offer than the stories confined in his titles. It isn’t a surprise to see him popping up all over the gaming universe, over the past 15 years.

 Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (PS2 – 2004)

A little more than a year after Dante’s sophomore outing, the demon hunter made his first cameo appearance in Atlus’ Shin Megami franchise and, given that the series deals heavily with devils, it seemed only natural.

Touting his darker persona and costume from DMC2, Dante served as a boss fight, encountered twice throughout the game, even being able to be recruited, further into the story.

Viewtiful Joe (PS2 version – 2004)
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (PSP – 2005)

Capcom certainly isn’t shy about crossing over its characters between their own franchises. So to beef up the re-release of Gamecube’s side scrolling beat-em-up Viewtiful Joe, when it was ported to PS2, adorable cartoon Dante joined the super-heroic fray, accompanied by DMC1 sidekick, Trish. Dante also appeared a year later in the (lackluster) PSP Smash Bro’s clone Red Hot Rumble, as a playable fighter. This certainly wouldn’t be his final entry into the fighting game genre.

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3, 360 – 2011)

Coming as a welcome treat, though certainly not a surprise, Dante joined the ranks of Marvel and Capcom’s finest in MvC3, joined once again by Trish. (where they also decided to remove series staple Mega Man?! I’m still pissed at you for that one, Capcom) This time garbed in his DMC3 appearance, Dante was featured heavily in the game’s trailers squaring off against Marvel favorite Deadpool. While I’m not a fan of Deadpool (Editor Note: You can mob Ben at any time for this error), the two seemed a perfect match for each other.

In the game’s re-released “Ultimate” edition, Dante was given a new costume, and Vergil was added as a playable fighter.

Playstation All-Star Battle Royale (PS3, PSP – 2012)

So many fighting game cameos… but I ain’t even mad. Dante’s fighting style has such a flair and flourish that it’s honestly surprising that he wasn’t initially conceived as a fighting game character. Some call it a cheap Smash Bros clone, others sing it’s praises as a totally original 4-player fighter. Regardless, when Sony revealed it’s star studded cast of Playstation original characters, it wasn’t a surprise when Dante showed up. It was a surprise, however, when he appeared as the “rebooted” Dante, from the soon to be released DmC: Devil May Cry. While this caused a bit of a recoil for series fans, the game did include a variant costume based on his original appearance, so all was right with the world again. Or, y’know, as right as it can be with an easily upset fanbase (Editor Note (again): If we could allow the Twitch emote “Kappa” here, I imagine Ben would’ve used it).

SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighter DS (DS – 2007)

Ugh… trading card video games. Just, why? But hey, maybe it’s just me.
Ever the crossover junkies, Capcom and SNK filled this pot with every ingredient they could muster from their rosters. It should come as no surprise, then, that Dante, Vergil, and Trish appear as card characters.

Oddly, this time around Dante sports his DMC1 gear instead of matching Vergil’s DMC3 threads. I suppose it was to match Trish’s appearance from DMC1, but all three of them appear in DMC4, so… why not use that? Although Vergil is only in the special edition of DMC4 released in 2015 so- I’m sorry, what? I think I might have side-tracked a bit there. Moving on.
Capcom Fighting Evolution (PS2 – 2004)

Not serving as an actual fighter this time, Dante makes probably his smallest and most unexpected, yet fanboy-squee-worthy, appearances. After beating the story mode as Darkstalkers’ Jedah, a short comic panel cutscene appears to show Jedah being approached by Dante, as we see his back, and that oh so gorgeous sword, Rebellion, looking ready to strike.

While I personally haven’t played this game, this particular cameo is quite possibly my favorite on this list. Although he isn’t a playable fighter and only appears in this cutscene, it reminded me how cameos like these always got my heart racing as a kid. The recess speculations of how to unlock Mew in Pokemon, or Reptile in Mortal Kombat always left that feint bit of hope in us that there really was a way to unlock these special, nonexistent characters. Not to mention, we all had that friend who swore they did it.

Craig, you liar.

Sengoku Basara 4 (PS4, PS3 – 2014)

Dynasty Warriors is the best. Heck, I’ll probably write gush endlessly about it soon enough. So whenever a new Dynasty Warriors-style clone game comes out, I’m on board. Capcom clearly knows how well these games sell in Japan, and set about adapting the Sengoku Basara anime series into video game form. As shameless of a Dynasty Warriors rip-off as this may be, style points are definitely earned by the inclusion of costume, and weapon packs to make specific characters look like Dante, and Vergil.

Monster Hunter Frontier G (PS Vita, PS3, Wii U, PC, 360 – 2013)

Giving themselves yet another self high-five, Capcom decided to treat players of its popular Monster Hunter franchise to another Devil May Cry costume pack. This time based off of Dante and co.’s DMC4 likenesses, Dante and Lady’s costumes, and weapons are downloadable to let those monsters know how stylish you really are.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS – 2013)

The first time I ever booted up DMC1 on my PS2, my very first thought after the opening cutscene was, “I would give anything to see a cat dressed like this Dante guy.”

Luckily, I only had to wait 14 years, until late 2014, for Capcom to unveil Dante’s costume as DLC for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on 3DS. Now, I can’t say I’ve played any Monster Hunter games beyond a brief demo, so I don’t know why you have a pet cat, but I want nothing more than to be followed around in real life by a demon hunting kitty.

Soul Calibur III (PS2, Arcade – 2005)

Although this isn’t a direct cameo, I still think it is worth mentioning. The Soul Calibur franchise is a fighting series that focuses on the characters using weapons as opposed to bare fisted martial arts, and the developers have certainly capitalized on this with platform exclusive bonus characters. Even Nintendo’s very own Link appeared as a bonus in the Gamecube version of Soul Calibur II.

Dante was planned to appear in the Playstation version of Soul Calibur III, but was removed from the roster for “unknown reasons.” Someone on the design team must not have been too happy about that though, as a quick Google search reveals endless fan creations of him using the game’s character creator, utilizing a vast array of costume options that could easily pass in the next official DMC game.

DmC: Devil May Cry (PS3, 360 – 2013,PS4, Xbox One – 2015 as “definitive edition”)

I’m not sure you would classify this as a cameo so much as it is an easter egg, but I’m including it, because I thought it was a great jab at the controversy surrounding the character’s redesign. Reboot Dante’s new look didn’t garner a whole lot of excitement when DmC was first announced, nor did Ninja Theory please a whole lot of fans when they included this little gem in the first level:

I don’t know what they were all complaining about. I thought it was hysterical.

 

As fun as these are, Devil May Cry certainly isn’t the only series that utilized cameos. What are some of your favorite special appearances? Could it be Snake CQC-ing the crap out of Mario in Smash Bros? Or maybe Brock Samson doing some gambling in Poker Night 2? Let me know in the comments!


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