Darth Vader Appearance In 'Soul Calibur IV' Gets Us Playing Kevin Bacon Games (Pikachu - Brooke Burke Connection Revealed)

Yoda In Soul Calibur IVThe Internet and my e-mail inbox exploded last night when game publisher Namco revealed that the Darth Vader and Yoda will appear in this summer's "Soul Calibur IV."

Yoda will appear on the Xbox 360 version of the game. Vader will be exclusive to the PlayStation 3. (Check out an extra, widescreen view of Vader in "SC IV.")

People who can't even name a single "Soul Calibur" character told me they were excited about this.

But what does this news mean? What important lessons can we draw from it?

One thing I can conclude is that video game characters now exist in a state of Kevin Bacon-esque interconnectedness. What connections can you make?

Taki Vs Vader

For example: thanks to all of these cameos and cross-overs, and thanks to this "Soul Calibur IV" one in particular, I am now able to link Indiana Jones to an Ape Escape ape.

In fact, I can connect those two in just five steps:

  1. Indiana Jones was a hidden playable character in "Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga," which also starred Darth Vader.
  2. Darth Vader will be in the PS3 version of "Soul Calibur IV," as will be franchise regular Taki.
  3. Taki was in "Soul Calibur II," the GameCube version of which also featured Link from the "Zelda" series.
  4. Link is in "Super Smash Brothers Brawl," as is "Metal Gear" hero Solid Snake
  5. Solid Snake stars in "Metal Gear Solid 3" which includes a mini-game that allows him to fight "Ape Escape" apes

Brooke Burke And PikachuI can connect Brooke Burke to Pikachu in five steps. I can connect Darth Maul to Mega Man in three. Optimus Prime can be connected to Simon Belmont in just one.

Surely, such games as "Kingdom Hearts," "Diddy Kong Racing" and "Mario Kart Arcade GP" provide even more bridges?

What's the most far-flung connection that you can make?