One of my favorite things about the Internet – and honestly about gaming in general – is some of the awesome fan games that pop up from time to time. Usually the product of just one or two passionate individuals, these titles can end up being more polished (and more enjoyable) than the titles they were originally developed to pay homage to. I’m not kidding – they’re actually that good.

Today, I’m going to share a few of my favorites with you fine folks. If you’re not sold on the quality, check out a few of them yourself. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Rokko Chan
Rokko Chan

2011 was a pretty awful year for the Mega Man franchise –which is one of the things that made this title such a treat. Created by indie developer King, Rokko Chan has pretty much everything you could possibly want from a Mega Man Game. The platforming is seamless, the environments are beautiful, the music is amazing, and the game itself is challenging as hell. The only thing that makes it clear this isn’t an official Capcom game is the title character.

Megaman X: Corrupted
Megaman X Corrupted

Megaman X will always hold a special place in my heart – it was one of my all-time favorite games, and the first I ever owned. For this reason, Megaman X: Corrupted is probably my favorite project on this list. Technically, this one isn’t out yet – but there’s a whole pile of trailers, gameplay videos, and concept art floating around for you to check out. You can even hear some of the soundtrack on YouTube. Again, this is as good as anything Capcom ever came up with – if not better.

Mushroom Kingdom Fusion
Mushroom Kingdom Fusion

I’m not even certain how to describe Mushrom Kingdom Fusion. Basically, take every single character from every single Nintendo franchise, mash them all together into a single title, and then have them play through levels and worlds based on pretty much every single video game ever released. It’s sort of like Brawl’s Subspace Emissary on PCP. Ever wonder how Mega Man might take on the Locust in Gears of War? Ever wanted to see Link go head-to-head with Resident Evil’s zombie horde?

Then this is the game for you.

Psycho Waluigi
Psycho Waluigi

Anyone who didn’t know any better might think Psycho Waluigi an official Nintendo product at first glance. That’s forgivable – all the graphics in the game have been ripped from other Nintendo products, and blended together so seamlessly it’s nearly impossible to tell. The whole story is entirely original too – Waluigi somehow manages to acquire psycho powers, which he must use to battle an all-new villain – with a bunch of inventive new mechanics and boss battles.  Basically, Nintendo should seriously think about hiring whoever made this.

Donkey Kong Country 4
The Kongs Return

Last on our list, we’ve got Donkey Kong Country 4 – which again, is so well-made you’d think Nintendo made it in-house. It’s structured as a direct sequel to the original trilogy, made by someone who was clearly a fan. If you ever enjoyed any of the original Donkey Kong games, give this one a try – it’s definitely worth your time.

So, that’s it. A few of my favorite fan-made games of all time. Got any titles you think should be on the list? Gimme a shout in the comments.

  • carlos alejandro

    I have a couple more that are pretty fun, Street Fighter X Mega Man, YoiFuRyo, Red Rogue

  • Egor Hans

    Nice selection, but… where is SMBX???
    Now, please don’t tell me you never even heard of this masterpiece! Or is it… Did you fall to the very same misperception as hundreds of others? That The Invasion 2 and Princess Cliche are all there is about SMBX?
    OK, that’s something we must change. Download the installer. Install SMBX. Launch it. Don’t click on Start Game, click on Level Editor. In the menu “Help”, there is a panel called “Editor Help”. It will open a Rich Text Document. Read that document.
    Alright, now you should have an impression of what the powerhouse of SMBX is capable of.
    If you feel like you start catching the taste, but are not yet fully into it, go to the forum and download some episodes. Most of them will be archives; extract them into the “worlds” folder at SMBX’s location on your drive. If you’re planning to get further involved, you should send a link to that folder towards your desktop, and grant your normal user profile access to it, so SMBX can save your edits properly and you don’t have to type in the admin password each time you make custom graphics.
    As of which episodes you should download, there are insane lots of projects worth a glance. What I personally would especially recommend are New Great Castle Adventure, Super Mario Star Expedition, SMB: A New Beginning, Return to Dinosaur Island (so far only a demo available), Airship Attack (the first 2 worlds are a bit linear but that gets better) and Valtteri Island: Revisited. (One minor issue with NGCA and Airship Attack is that they have quite long intros you have to simply watch and cannot skip. It’s worth the content though. The other episodes have no intros, or the intros are playable or optional. This only goes for my list.) They’re not from me, but they’re my favorites.

  • Egor Hans

    Also, I’d like to mention that I don’t like Mega Man much – I already played Metroid, and trying Mega Man felt like it’s Metroid done wrong.