Nintendo reveals Minecraft’s Steve is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
If you thought it was fun pitting Ganondorf against Jigglypuff and having Pac-Man kick the crap out of Ryu, there’s even more fun in store. Today Nintendo announced the next downloadable fighter in Super Smash Smash Bros. Ultimate will be Steve.
That’s right: Steve. As in the guy from Minecraft. Other characters from the game will also be available, namely Alex, Zombie, and Enderman. SSBU fans will be able to download the characters as part of Fighters Pass 2, along with a new Minecraft-themed stage and seven music tracks.
More details to come
Nintendo promises to reveal more details, including the release date, in a special presentation by SSBU series director Masahiro Sakurai. That will take place live on October 3 at 7:30 a.m. Pacific time/10:30 a.m. Eastern time, on YouTube.
Speaking after today’s announcement, Sakurai discussed the challenges inherent in integrating Minecraft’s block-based style into the SSBU world.
The plan for the fighter is easy to create. The graphics should also be straightforward. The motion is relatively simple, and the sound is comparable to other fighters. There are plenty of things to consider, but we don’t need to implement any voices.
What’s difficult, however, is the programming work required to bring the character to life. It’s a massive challenge. Plus, we have to rework all our existing stages so that blocks can be placed in them. What about biomes? We also need to consider things like those. And most importantly, how do we adjust the game balance to accommodate the new fighter? Who knows what’ll happen?
Making everything work well together in the game including the fighter’s physical attacks and their short reach, will be extremely hard.
Previously released downloadable fighters for SSBU include Hero from Dragon Quest, Fire Emblem’s Byleth, and Banjo & Kazooie.