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Minecraft Steve Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

by : Julia Banim on : 01 Oct 2020 16:32
Minecraft Steve Joins Super Smash Bros. UltimateMinecraft Steve Joins Super Smash Bros. UltimateMojang/Nintendo

Minecraft Steve has officially joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, alongside Alex, Zombie, and Enderman.

This development was revealed today, October 1, in a brief preview presentation, with the three new fighters marking the second Challenger Pack in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, following on from Arms’ Min-Min. There are still four new fighters which have yet to be announced.

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These three latest DLC characters will appear alongside a Minecraft-themed stage, which will apparently change every time it’s loaded.

Minecraft Steve’s abilities include using in-game crafting to make swords, pickaxes, blocks and other familiar elements from Minecraft. It would seem that Alex, Zombie and Enderman will serve as echo fighters for Steve.

Following the announcement, director Masahiro Sakurai, explained that it had been a significant challenge to recreate new Minecraft characters, on account of the signature blocky design.

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Although the animation process wasn’t too tricky, the actual programming part was apparently really difficult, with the team having to rework every stage to accommodate Minecraft block building. They also had to contend with balance issues such as the notably short reach of the character.

Sakurai said:

We have to rework all our existing stages so that blocks can be placed in them.

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A more in-depth broadcast is due to air Saturday, October 3 at 10.30am ET/7.30am PT, which will give a fuller look into styles of play we can expect. During the broadcast, a release date for the characters will also be announced.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Gaming, Nintendo

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