Following a brief tease, Nintendo has announced the next fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s Steve from Minecraft, the blocky pickaxe-wielding hero, and it’s already getting a big reaction on social media.
In the reveal trailer, Steve was spotted building walls, crafting items like swords, and summoning TNT blocks. He’s able to jump atop blocks that he places to get out of tight spots, and we saw some constructed materials like switches being dispatched to fling enemies or anvils to crush them. The building materials appear to crack rather quickly, though, so don’t expect persistent building like Fortnite. At one point we even got a glimpse of a minecart complete with tracks.
The presentation showed a few alternate skins: Alex, Enderman, and Zombie. We also got a brief glimpse at a Minecraft-themed stage, which appears to be able to swap between different biomes. The trailer showed a forest as it appears lush and green, wilted in the fall, and snowy in the winter.
Masahiro Sakurai appeared to make some brief comments on the addition. He said that Nintendo often comes to him with ideas and he thought this one, in particular, would be a challenge. He said the hardest part was making sure the block-building mechanic would work on all the existing stages.
Steve is the second character to be added as part of the Fighter’s Pass Vol. 2. The first was Min Min from Arms, who was added in June. Nintendo announced that the Fighter’s Pass 2 would include six new fighters, an increase from the five that were included in the original Fighter’s Pass, so four more are coming. Steve will be purchasable for $6 in the Challenger Pack 7, or in the bundle of all six characters for $30.
Smash Bros. Ultimate has still been issuing updates aside from new fighters, like an August update that added a free new stage called Small Battlefield. As you might expect, it was a shrunken version of the popular Battlefield stage.
Smash Bros. remains one of Nintendo’s most popular games, currently standing at #3 in its Nintendo Switch software sales rankings right behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It has sold almost 20 million units worldwide, according to Nintendo.
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