Nintendo and Masahiro Sakurai left Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans agog this morning when they delivered on one of the Smash fandom’s longest-running memes and actually announced Minecraft Steve and a slew of other Minecraft characters as the next DLC fighter.
The reveal trailer was followed by a brief talk by Sakurai who almost seemed to be cushioning against potential pushback, noting how not every character in Smash is one he wants to add and in this case, Nintendo approached him to put Minecraft in the game. He appeared beleaguered by the amount of work it took to retool the game and stages to make Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman playable in Smash, at one point commenting on Nintendo executives, “Do they think (adding characters) is like magic?”
The stream absolutely ignited the Smash fandom, as some people were overjoyed and others furious at the new addition. Coincidentally, Twitter stopped working right as the trailer dropped, causing many fans to think the announcement literally broke the site.
EVEN SAKURI DIDN’T WANT TO PUT MINECRAFT STEVE IN SMASH BROS BUT NINTENDO MADE HIM LOOOOOOOL pic.twitter.com/MAZ3Kkcroj
— TAHK0 ☕️ (@TAHK0) October 1, 2020
Natural Disasters, Politics, Deaths, Huge announcements both good and bad and Twitter has never crashed over them
But Minecraft Steve in Smash broke this friggen site. It literally could not handle the immediate feedback. I will never forget that. pic.twitter.com/PyjEjaXjOw
— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) October 1, 2020
oh my God I actually called it https://t.co/YgHNsRhszp
— RTGame Daniel (@RTGameCrowd) October 1, 2020
BRO, SAY WHATEVER U WANT ABOUT STEVE OR MINECRAFT,
BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST HISTORIC MOMENTS IN SMASH HISTORY LMAO. pic.twitter.com/9vv06Z38gW
— 👻GamesCage – Hype Guy🎃 (@OnTheDownLoTho) October 1, 2020
in all honestly steve minecraft has to be one of my least wanted and boring choice for a smash fighter but seeing everyone happy for once makes me happy, that’s the energy 2020 needs
— ✨ Storm Yorha ✨ (@StormYorha) October 1, 2020
Like i said i don’t really get excited for characters but i always have my thoughts
I know some people are upset but this is MAD good for Smash. Minecraft is insanely popular and it being in Smash is nice
Im down for anything that makes Smash even bigger so imo this is a W
— 🎃👻 MVG | HalloWizzy 👻🎃 (@Dark_Wizzy_) October 1, 2020
While the drop is certainly surprising, it is yet another meme in the Smash community Sakurai has made a reality. Smash Ultimate has included Ridley and a Sans skin. A stream in which Sakurai will go more in-depth on the fighting styles of the Minecraft cast is scheduled for Saturday.