Okay, bear with me through this series of connections because we’re going to get weird.
The idea of shared universes is not a foreign one to horror fans. For example, the Necronomicon has appeared not only in the Evil Dead films but also in Pumpkinhead 2. Freddy pulled Jason’s mask into the ground at the end of Jason Goes to Hell. Hell, Freddy’s glove can be seen in the toolshed in Evil Dead II! Little things like this are often winks and nods to other films, or filmmakers, and are exciting easter eggs for genre fans. That’s why this absurd theory that I stumbled upon is so ludicrous yet so interesting that I’m all about it. Let’s break it down.
The theory goes like this: It all starts with Mario and Donkey Kong, who have long been in the same universe. They originally appeared together in Donkey Kong, where Mario was known as “Jumpman” (he got his real moniker in Donkey Kong Junior). Easy enough beginning, right?
The next step is also quite simple: Donkey Kong has a nephew by the name of Diddy Kong, who first appeared in 1994’s Donkey Kong Country, which may very well be one of the greatest platformers in video game history. But that’s my personal opinion and has nothing to do with this theory.
Much like Super Mario Kart, Diddy Kong had his own racing game in the form of 1997’s Diddy Kong Racing. Featuring 10 playable characters from Rare’s Donkey Kong franchise, as well as characters that were meant to get their own original titles, one of these options was Conker from Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
The rare mature title that Nintendo published, Conker’s Bad Fur Day‘s final boss was a rather familiar looking character by the name of Heinrich, a creation of Professor von Kripplespac. Yup, that’s a Xenomorph, just like the one seen in Ridley Scott’s Alien, although the game is clearly referencing Aliens, James Cameron’s brilliant sequel. Hell, the fight is between Heinrich and Conker, who wears a power loader suit so as to pummel the crap out of the alien and toss it out of an open airlock!
So, there you have it. Through a thread of interwoven Nintendo characters who all interacted in more than just fleeting cameos, we can see that Mario of Super Mario fame and H.R. Giger’s Xenomorph operate in the same universe. And now that Disney owns Fox, who owns the rights to the Alien franchise, who knows what other relationships could come about!