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The Street Fighter Character Ed Boon Wants For Mortal Kombat

Among fighting game series, "Street Fighter" and "Mortal Kombat" dominate the competition. Both have been going strong for decades and have spawned numerous core games, spinoffs, movies, and other media. They're both also known for their ever-increasing cast of characters and special guest appearances.

The "Street Fighter" crew has clashed with the X-Men, Mega Man, and the fighters of "Tekken" while the warriors of "Mortal Kombat" have taken on the heroes and villains of DC Comics. The question, of course, is what would happen if characters from these two games got to face off against each other. Someone who has clearly given this some thought is "Mortal Kombat" co-creator Ed Boon.

Boon, who continues to work on the series as creative director and team leader, was recently asked on Twitter what guest character he'd most like to see make it into a "Mortal Kombat" game. He apparently didn't have to give the question much thought, responding within a few hours. The answer, as it turns out, was an iconic character from the "Street Fighter" series.

Ed Boon wants to see Ryu in Mortal Kombat

Without any sign of hesitation, Boon chose Ryu as the character he'd like to see in "Mortal Kombat."

This isn't a surprising choice as Ryu has long been a mascot for the series, being one of only two characters to appear in every game in the franchise. It also makes sense that Boon would go with a "Street Fighter" character for a guest appearance as a "Street Fighter" and "Mortal Kombat" crossover has long been a hope of both fans and developers.

Fans have wanted to see some sort of combination of the two fighting games for some time and have even speculated about what it would be like. For years now, both Boon and "Street Fighter" executive producer Yoshinori Ono have talked about their desire to blend their two worlds together (per Eurogamer). While both have acknowledged that achieving this would be very unlikely, it's clear from Boon's recent tweet that he's still keeping the dream alive.

Despite a mutual desire on the part of both franchises to see a crossover, fans shouldn't get their hopes up for seeing Ryu facing off against Scorpion anytime soon. The day after picking Ryu, Boon was asked outright if a crossover would be in the works after "Mortal Kombat 12" to which he had a simple, one-word response.

For now, this particular crossover remains just a dream.