Minecraft’s Steve will be released in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on 14th October in Europe and 13th October in the US, Nintendo has confirmed.
The new fighter was showcased in a presentation from creator Masahiro Sakurai, showing off his vast range of moves, along with a new stage, and additional Mii Fighter skins.
Steve’s moves are arguably the most distinctive of any DLC fighter yet, seeing the player mine materials to use as weapons, upgrade tools and dole out attacks.
The neutral special is how you mine, while you can upgrade your sword, pickaxe, and other tools to various levels of strength (from Wood to Diamond). All your weapons break after repeated uses, so you’ll have to craft new weapons as well, unless you fancy dishing out weak attacks with your bare hands.
Steve and Alex in Smash Ultimate (Picture: Nintendo)
You craft upgrades and new tools at a crafting table, which spawns near you at the start of each match. This table can also be destroyed by your opponents, although it reappears shortly afterwards. You can also spawn it towards you around the map to stop players from blocking access.
The up special sees you use Elytra wings to boost in the air, before gliding back down. For the down special, Steve plants a box of TNT, which can be triggered with a detonator or whacked at your opponents (just beware of splash damage).
Using materials you've mined, craft tools and weapons of varying power and durability, such as swords, pickaxes and axes. Go for gold – or better yet, diamond! #Minecraft #SmashBrosUltimate pic.twitter.com/gyde8scGhA— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) October 3, 2020
The side special sees the character use a mine-cart, which needs materials so you can build rails and slide from side-to-side. If you fling an empty cart at players, this will trap your opponents and send them, potentially, flying off the edge.
By using the neutral special in the air, you’ll also be able to generate blocks across the map - creating pathways above players and blocking attacks. It’s likely going to spawn some incredibly creative play in the future - especially when pro players get to grips with the character for tournaments.
Steve has an incredibly varied moveset (Picture: Nintendo)
As seen in the original trailer, Steve’s final smash is called House of Boom - where he traps an opponent in a castle which explodes from a Creeper attack.
Also with the character is new stage Minecraft World, which consists of six different biomes which are randomly selected when you pick the map. These include Plains, Birch Forest, Savanna, Taiga, Snowy Tundra, and Stone Shore, which all have destructible environments too.
Soundtrack wise, there won’t be any tracks from the original Minecraft title because, as Sakurai states, they’re “too relaxing”. Instead there’ll be seven tracks from the spin-off titles, including Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Dungeons.
Some new Mii Fighter costumes are also on the way, including for Bomberman and Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes - potentially ruling him out as a future DLC character. There’s also a Creeper, Pig, and Diamond Armor outfit taken from Minecraft’s universe.
Whether or not you’re excited about Minecraft’s arrival in Smash, it’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer amount of care that’s been implemented here - especially coupled with the creative tactics Minecraft’s Steve looks to bring.
Minecraft’s Steve is the second DLC fighter in Fighters Pass 2, following Min Min from ARMS. There’s still four fighters to come too before the end of 2021.
Minecraft’s Steve releases in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on 14th October.