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Masahiro Sakurai's new image post has fans heavily speculating on what the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC might be or when it is coming

No fighting game creator likes to tease their fans more than Ed Boon does with Mortal Kombat, but Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo have been known from time to time to provide small hints as to what's coming next to Super Smash Bros. games.

Even though Minecraft's Steve hasn't even been out in the hands of players for one week yet in Smash Ultimate, internet sleuths are hard at work digging into one of Sakurai's latest posts that seems to stand out among the rest which may be more than meets the eye.

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Minecraft Steve is exactly the nightmare for Little Mac we expected in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate if this clip is any indicator

It's no secret that Little Mac in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate heavily struggles when he's off the stage. By design, Mac has a rough time fighting and recovering when he's not on the platform due to how strong his offensive capabilities are when he's grounded.

Early footage of Smash Bros. Ultimate's latest DLC character, Steve from Minecraft, showed a character who can create his own platforms anywhere he wants and comfortably exist in the outer areas of the stage so long as he has the resources to do so. We suspected that a character who can camp out of bounds may be a real issue for a character who wants to avoid that space at all costs, and if this clip from MLDeku is any indicator, Steve is exactly the nightmare we expected he'd be for Little Mac.

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Here's the best Jedi mind trick that's ever been played in a game of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

This is such a simple sequence and yet I find myself having the hardest time figuring out where to begin and how to tackle it. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Banjo Kazooie user by the name of Tearbear1992 posted a one minute clip of one of the most simultaneously baffling and understandable Smash sequences we've ever seen.

Though up 3-1 in stocks, Tear is far behind when it comes to both percentage health and positioning as we jump into the action to see he's been knocked away from the edge of the stage by his Ike opponent. Getting back to safety is obviously going to be a tall order, and so he opts instead to remain far away and up in the air by further damaging himself.

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The famous Chun-Li vs. Mai Shiranui stare down has been recreated in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

There's a widely recognizable art piece of Street Fighter's Chun-Li facing off against Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters' Mai Shiranui that fighting game fans have likely come across at least once in their lives. That same classic portrayal of the two fighting females has been recreated in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a created stage.

Now the likes of Mario, Banjo-Kazooie, Min Min, and the rest of the cast can do battle upon a famous Street Fighter and SNK scene.

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It's early, but crazy offense and brilliant movement options might mean Steve is a little too strong in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

This one is a little on the delicate side as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's newest DLC character, Steve from Minecraft, is a little more polarizing than most others have been. It seems that polarization has the potential to grow as early investigations are bringing back some fairly scary results as the block building fighter might be exceptionally strong.

The 16-bit character already moves and fights in fairly unique ways, but one interaction between Liquid's Dabuz and Hungrybox left the latter absolutely speechless (for at least a moment, then he starts loudly cursing). Another highlight shows us Steve's crazy potential for upsmash combos, and yet another still reveals tech that may lead to unparalleled movement options.

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One of Steve's victory poses looks hilariously NSFW in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Minecraft's Steve has been in the hands of players for about a day and a half at this point, and while the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community is digging up some dirty tricks with the DLC fighter's block building, the character himself is also looking a little dirty.

Shortly after their release, players across the internet began sharing one of Steve, Alex, Zombie or Enderman's victory screen poses that appears to be not quite safe for work upon first viewing.

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All version 9.0.0 patch changes for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate visualized by the Beefy Smash Doods

The 9.0.0 patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brought a number of balance adjustments in addition to bringing Minecraft's Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman to the game. While this does give us a general idea of which moves have seen adjustments, Nintendo tends to refrain from giving explicit details about how much has changed.

Luckily, the Beefy Smash Doods have uploaded a video that compares the 9.0.0 version of each changed move to its 8.1.0 version. We can get a clear visualization of what has been altered as a result.

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3 big takeaways from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Version 9.0 update

For the first time in three months, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate received a new balance update alongside the release of Minecraft's Steve as DLC in the Fighter Pass Vol. 2 which introduced changes to only about 30 percent of the massive roster.

This Version 9.0 patch may have ended up being a bit smaller than some players wanted / expected, but there's still some big takeaways that look to shake things up for a certain number of characters — including those the online community have been hitting their heads up against.

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Minecraft's Steve and Alex are now available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Steve and Alex are now available to download and use in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This also means that version 9.0.0 is now live.

Those that acquire this new fighter will also gain access to the new Minecraft stage. In addition, seven new musical tracks from spinoff Minecraft games can be played on the Minecraft stage, Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield, and Final Destination.

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Masahiro Sakurai once disguised himself as a part-time game shop employee with the intention of better understanding video game consumers

It's no secret that Masahiro Sakurai is extremely dedicated when it comes to perfecting his craft as a game designer. During the development of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Sakurai worked 13 months straight without a day off. The developer would frequently dedicate himself to 40 hour shifts with only four hours of sleep before continuing his workflow. Unfortunately, this lifestyle would ultimately result in Masahiro Sakurai being hospitalized before development on the GameCube game had concluded.

While the game developer hasn't pushed himself to that extent since then, he's still be known to come to work with an IV drip while sick so that he could continue as normal. To better understand game design, Sakurai has explicitly went out of his way to play games that he personally didn't like or games that weren't very popular. However, the Super Smash Bros. director's dedication doesn't just end there.

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Here's everything you need to know about Minecraft Steve's release for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tomorrow

Minecraft's Steve will be releasing as a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tomorrow, October 13. Alex, Zombie and Enderman will also be available as alternate costumes for Steve. Steve and Alex will both have three different sets of colors while Zombie and Enderman don't have any palette swaps.

Challenger Pack 7 by itself will be priced at $5.99. Alternatively, you can acquire the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 for $29.99. There are still four challengers left to be revealed for Fighters Pass Vol. 2 beyond Steve and Min Min.

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Less pancaking from Pikachu, reworks for Little Mac and online improvements would be great for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 9.0 patch tomorrow

Minecraft's Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman will become available to use in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tomorrow, October 13. It's also been confirmed that the version 9.0.0 patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will implement adjustments to the game's balance as replays from earlier versions will become incompatible.

As such, there are plenty of changes that would be good for the health of the game. Here's a few changes that'd be nice to see in version 9.0.0's patch notes tomorrow.

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Halo's Master Chief is 'still waiting for his invitation' to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate according to Xbox France

It was only recently revealed that Minecraft's Steve and Alex are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 13. Being that Banjo-Kazooie are already present in the game, this means that there are now two Microsoft reps now present in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The mere mention of this possibility a few years ago probably would've incited ridicule from others due to how ridiculous it sounded.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate truly is a celebration of video games. Still, could there be room for one more Microsoft rep? Is it finally time for Halo's Master Chief to join the fight?

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Minecraft's Steve has the potential to completely recraft Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's meta

Minecraft's Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman will be made available as part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Challenger Pack 7 on October 13. Despite Steve being Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 82nd character, his play style offers unique options and tools that players will be able to utilize.

As Masahiro Sakurai provided a detailed breakdown of Minecraft's Steve in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, many members of the Smash community began to speculate on the overall power level of Steve. Indeed, it really does feel like the meta might be recrafted by Steve upon his release.

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Where do the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier lists sit just before Minecraft's Steve releases this week

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate finds itself at perhaps the oddest point in the series' competitive history with offline events being almost non-existent this year due to the coronavirus after the meteoric success the game saw in 2019.

With the impending release of Steve from Minecraft along with a brand new balance patch in just a few days, now is the perfect time to see how the tier lists for Smash Ultimate are shaping up following the launch of Min Min this summer and the move online.

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Why is Minecraft in my Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Minecraft's Steve is probably the most divisive Super Smash Bros. inclusion ever with his impending release in Ultimate alongside Alex, Zombie and Enderman splitting the playerbase where many wondered what he's doing beside Mario, Sonic, Link and other gaming icons.

With so many strong opinions about Smash's next DLC character, it's a good idea to take a closer look at Minecraft, what it's meant to the video game landscape and why Steve is ultimately a strong choice for the roster.

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Mew2King releases his latest online Super Smash Bros. Melee tier list

MVG|Mew2King recently released a tier list based on Super Smash Bros. Melee's online meta. Comparisons can be made to Mew2King's previous tier list that was released back in April.

Although Mew2King's last tier list was supposed to be his "final" one, the online meta is a bit different compared to offline gameplay. As such, there are a few shifts in Mew2King's tiers.

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