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Steve and Alex from Minecraft announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

There'll be a ton of other iconic skins to choose from as well

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • October 1, 2020 at 7:01 a.m. PDT • Comments: 138

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players waited for just over three months to see who would be Min Min's successor as the newest DLC character for season two, and the answer will certainly turn heads.

Nintendo revealed this morning that Steve and Alex from Minecraft will be joining the over 80-character roster in all of their blocky glory.

What's immediately clear from the shots of gameplay we get to see for Steve, Alex and the rest of the Minecraft skins is that these new additions will probably become the most unique mechanics in the series to date.

They can build blocks on any stage to create towers or formations to be used as platforms, walls, or whatever creative ideas players end up finding for the blocky characters upon release.

As far as gameplay goes, Steve appears to have all of the regular Minecraft tools and weapons at his disposal considering the trailer shows swords, pickaxes, fishing rods, flint and steel plus other items like a bucket of lava that appears to be their down smash.

"The wizardry required to make [Minecraft] work in this game... it's impossible!" said director Masahiro Sakurai following the reveal. "What's difficult is the programming work required to bring the character to life... We have to rework all of our existing stages so that blocks can be placed in them."

"What's difficult is the programming work required to bring the character to life... We have to rework all of our existing stages so that blocks can be placed in them" - Masahiro Sakurai

Since this is Minecraft of course, it appears Sakurai and his team have worked in other crafting mechanics to Steve's general gameplay too.

The trailer briefly shows the new fighter mining the ground below him with some cobblestone and iron popping up. There's then a glimpse of Steve using a crafting table to build an iron sword.

This likely points to the Minecraft fighters needing to craft and upgrade their weapons for additional damage or effects since there's also clips of Steve and Alex using tools made of gold and diamond too.

To make up for all of this creativity and ability to create blocks out of nothing, their normal attack ranges appear to be among the shortest in Ultimate's cast with the weapons barely reaching in front of the character's arms in most cases.

One other interesting small detail about the Minecraft reps is the fact that they can attack and walk at the same time which is only present in two other roster choices at the moment with Min Min and Mega Man.

"Making everything work well together in the game, including the fighter's physical attacks and their short reach, will be extremely hard," stated Sakurai before ending the presentation. "A lot of elements are completely different from our previous fighters."

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A full breakdown for Steven and Alex will be coming on Saturday, October 3 from director Masahiro Sakurai at 7:30 a.m. PT / 10:30 a.m. ET to showcase how players are supposed to use who is shaping up to be the most unique fighter in Smash history.

Along with the default skins for Steve and Alex, Zombies, Endermen and other classic skins will also be selectable to use in battle for their own visual flair.

Interestingly, this is the second Smash Ultimate DLC character to be owned by Nintendo's competitor Microsoft after Banjo-Kazooie considering the massive company purchased Mojang in 2014 with Minecraft being the most popular game in the world.

Steve and Minecraft representation had long been rumored for Smash Ultimate, even dating back to before the game's release in 2018, but it wasn't taken as seriously given it's a Microsoft-owned property and a western one at that.

Funnily enough, however, Microsoft credits Minecraft's launch on the Nintendo Switch as the bridge that opened up talks between the two gaming giants which led Banjo making it into the first Fighters Pass.

Steve might appear as a strange pick to some, but the character was among those most-requested by players in North America and Europe.

Earlier this year, Minecraft crossed the absolutely bonkers lifetime sales marker by reaching 200 million copies sold between 126 million players.

No release date for the newest Smash characters were announced in the latest trailer though we're likely to learn more on Saturday during the full showcase event.

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