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Number 5 (of 20) in a series of crosswords produced for November's Quiz Writing Challenge. A personal goal is to create a crossword for every Fun Trivia category. There is a theme which seasoned solvers should spot swiftly. This puzzle contains one anagram. Enjoy!
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      1. Shaolin monk Liu Kang's archenemy in the "Mortal Kombat" franchise: ____ Tsung (5)
      4. Screw over OR dark priest and servant of Dracula in the "Castlevania" video game series (5)
      7. Strategy video game from ALTAR Interactive: "____: Aftermath" (2003) (init., 3)
      8. Sponsorship; also "____ Defenders" (2018) 2D platforming and tower defense game (5)
      9. Sparx (a dragonfly) is the best friend of this video game dragon (5)
      10. Short while? (abbr., 3)
      12. Saxton ____: character in "Team Fortress 2" FPS game (Valve, 2007) also names juggernaut mode (4)
      15. Scouting badge holder; also anthropomorphic dragon ____ Lilac in 2014's "Freedom Planet" (4)
      17. Super ____, mustachioed plumber of Nintendo games (5)
      18. Showman and professional wrestler ____ (Terry Brunk) also appeared in several video games (4)
      20. Seduce; "____ of the Temptress" 1992 2D adventure game from Virgin Interactive Entertainment (4)
      23. Simulator game "____ Hunt" (Mattel, 1982); control a wolfpack of undersea craft (3)
      25. Split, so to speak; fight or flight game option (5)
      26. Soundly defeats in a game (5)
      27. Spin-off multiplayer video game from eponymous 2011 animated movie set in Brazil (3)
      28. Symbolising "the bond of partnership" in "Resident Evil 5" is deuteragonist ____ Alomar (5)
      29. 29A + 21D: Sunny ____, main protagonist in the "Xenosaga" trilogy on Playstation 2 (first name, 5)

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      1. 1D + 24D: "Super ____ ____" is Nintendo's crossover fighting game series (2nd title word, 5)
      2. Scared of mice, Forte Stollen leads ____ Troupe in the Galaxy ____ metaseries (same word, 5)
      3. Sudden blast of wind also names Japanese video game developer known for the "Atelier" franchise (4)
      4. Shrugworthy, nothing special, descriptive of underwhelming video games (2-2)
      5. Sanctuaries, safe havens: somehow ALAYS fears (anag., 5)
      6. Sweet ____ (Needles Kane) drives a combat ice cream truck in the "Twisted Metal" series (5)
      11. Strider ____, hack-and-slash 1989 arcade platformer from Capcom (5)
      13. Short alias? Also 2022 open-world adventure game published by Neowiz Games (3)
      14. Swift Aussie bird featuring in FPS "The Great ____ War" video game based on 1932 operation (3)
      15. Spanish sun OR space combat simulator game (2012), "____: Exodus" from Bit Plantes Games (3)
      16. Starring ____ Arthur and Princess Prin-Prin, "Ghosts 'n Goblins" is a Capcom franchise (3)
      18. Specialising as a Rift Mage, ____ is an elven outlaw mage in BioWare's "Dragon Age" franchise (5)
      19. Sword OR sole female fighter in "Mortal Kombat" (1992): Sonya ____ (5)
      21. 29A + 21D: Sunny ____, main protagonist in the "Xenosaga" trilogy on Playstation 2 (surname, 5)
      22. Spiel is the ____ Game Fair, boardgame trade fair held in this German steel city near Cologne (5)
      23. Song word repeated after "Que"; Elf character in "Dragon Age: Inquisition" (2014) (4)
      24. 1D + 24D: "Super ____ ____" is Nintendo's crossover fighting game series (3nd title word, abbr., 4)