The intro photo of Minecraft Steve making his debut into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Photo Courtesy of Smashbros.com
Editor’s note: Due to site maintenance, this article had to be republished on Oct. 7, 2020. This article was originally published on Oct. 4, 2020.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans were given less than day to prepare for the announcement that a new character was going to be announced Oct 1.
At 9:00 a.m. the trailer began with an opening with fighters in an all out brawl, but then Mario is thrown off the stage and landed in a strange and dark room.
Then the walls of the room start breaking in and then our blockheaded friend appears; Minecraft’s main hero, Steve, and then a creeper blows up Mario.
We are then transported back into the world of Super Smash Bros. and see Steve going into action, using a sword, buckets of lava, a pickax, a fishing rod, and even using blocks of dirt and wood to build a barrier between himself and the enemies on stage.
It is also seen from the trailer that Steve can make his own food and even use a crafting table to make other weapons of greater value like an iron sword.
Later on in the trailer we see Steve move inside a house revealing you can play as Alex, the female protagonist in Minecraft as well.
In her portion of the trailer we see the player can use a mine cart, a diamond sword, TNT and wings.
The player doesn’t have to limit themselves to just Steve and Alex. This new announcement also unveils gameplay as popular mob enemies, the Enderman and a zombie; they play similar styles as Steve and Alex with nothing too different other than their looks.
The stages that are shown for the new character are of different hillsides in different seasons with occasional visitor NPCs (non-player characters) in the background including cows, chickens, and sheep.
At the end of the trailer, Steve uses his ultimate move which will hit a character into a dark room where they are surrounded by creepers and blown up, similar to what a creeper does in the mainline Minecraft game.
Following up after the trailer announcement, Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of the Super Smash Bros. franchise explains that putting Minecraft Steve was even a shock for himself and was not a pick of his choice
“Even I didn’t think this day would come, when thinking about new fighters for this game, we don’t just pick my favorites or draw from a hat.”
Sakurai then explained that ideas for characters will come to him by Nintendo and he will decide how they can be incorporated into the game.
“More often than not these discussions [ideas for characters] start by Nintendo approaching me with an idea, of course if I can’t do that idea justice, I’ll tell them no,” Sakurai said. “But then, someone from Nintendo will come to my work place and say ‘Mr.Sakurai surely you can put Minecraft in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,’ while peering at me over their glasses.”
To watch the reveal trailer of Minecraft Steve, check out the video on Nintendo’s Youtube page.