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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Japanese: 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL) is a crossover action fighting game published by Nintendo. It was released on December 7, 2018 on Nintendo Switch systems.

Minecraft content was added to the game as paid downloadable content on October 13, 2020.

Minecraft content[]

Steve & Alex[]

Steve and Alex were announced as a new playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 1st, 2020 as part of Challenger Pack 7. A zombie and an enderman were also revealed as alternate costumes for the fighter. The DLC pack was released on October 13th, 2020 for US$5.99.

Moveset[]

Descriptions taken from the in-game move list.

  • Neutral Special (B button): Mine / Craft / Create Block - Collect materials from the ground by mining the floor. Craft tools while at the crafting table or place blocks while in the air.
  • Side Special (B button + Left stick Left/Right): Minecart - An iron minecart will travel along the rails. Powered rails can be placed with the right materials. If empty, the minecart will carry an enemy away.
  • Up Special (B button + Left stick Up): Elytra - Equip an elytra, accelerate with a firework rocket, and glide through the air. Adjust the trajectory by inputting up and down.
  • Down Special (B button + Left stick Down): TNT - Use several materials to create an explosive block. Hold the special-move button and left or right to use redstone and place a plate that can set off the block.
  • Final Smash (B button after breaking a Smash Ball, getting a full Final Smash meter, or being granted a Final Smash through other means): House of Boom - Create a big piston that strikes out to one side. The piston can hit multiple opponents, but only one will be launched into a dark room that then explodes.

Classic Mode: Journey to the Far Lands[]

All fighters in Steve and Alex's Classic Mode are references to various hostile mobs in Minecraft. With the exception of the second and sixth rounds, all other rounds are stamina battles. The song "Earth" will play during the end credits.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Zombie (x6) Minecraft World (Birch Forest) "Glide" Represents a horde of zombies.
2 Wario (x4) Minecraft World (Plains) "The Arch-Illager" Steve is joined by an Animal Crossing Villager and a giant R.O.B. as their CPU allies, representing a Minecraft villager and iron golem, while the Wario team represents a raid.
3 Link (x3) Minecraft World (Battlefield form) "Clockwork Crafter" The Link team, which exclusively use their neutral special (Bow and Arrows), represents skeletons.
4 Tiny Pit (x3) and Robin Luigi's Mansion "Dragon Battle" Robin represents an evoker, while the Pit team represents the vexes. Luigi's Mansion is meant to resemble a woodland mansion.
5 Giant Kirby (x2) and Tiny King K. Rool (x2) Norfair "The Keeper of the Lake" The Kirby team represents the ghasts, while the King K. Rool team represents the piglins. Norfair is meant to resemble the Nether.
6 Giant Enderman (x4) Find Mii "Clockwork Crafter" The endermen have been made larger as to match their original heights in Minecraft.
7
Bonus Stage
Final Giant Ridley and Enderman (x2) Final Destination "The Arch-Illager" Ridley represents the ender dragon, while Final Destination is meant to resemble the End.

Stages[]

Minecraft World is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. True to the source material, it can take the appearance of various biomes, affecting the stage layout. The stage also has a day-night cycle. The background of this stage is seemingly based on Java Edition, due to terrain differences such as the abundance of tall grass in the Plains stage and snow layers not occupying the same block as plants in the Snowy Tundra stage.

Each biome can be forced to load by entering inputs in the stage select screen. The biomes are, as follows:

  • Plains - the default biome. Features a village in the background, with a bell and animal pen. The layout includes a broken-down house and a pile of hay bales. This biome is also used in the Battlefield and Omega layout of the stage. Can be loaded by holding L button.
  • Birch Forest - features two platforms hidden in two birch trees. Can be loaded by holding L button + R button.
  • Savanna - has a double-canopy acacia tree, which hides a platform. Can be loaded by holding L button + Left stick up.
  • Taiga - features a single taiga village house in the background. The stage layout contains a cobblestone boulder and a spruce tree. Can be loaded by holding L button + Left stick right.
  • Snowy Tundra - features a snowy tundra village house in the background, along with a sheep pen and a lamp post. The stage layout has two platforms and an igloo in the middle. Can be loaded by holding L button + Left stick down.
  • Stone Shore - features a single platform and a cave-like stone formation, with an ocean separating the main stage from the mountains. Can be loaded by holding L button + Left stick left.

Music[]

No. Title Arrangement by Length Origin Description
1. "Halland / Dalarna" ACE (TOMOri Kudo / CHiCO) 2:52 Minecraft Dungeons Like the original songs, the arrangement is led by a piano, but the tempo is much faster paced. The song also incorporates electric guitar riffs, a modern drum kit, and string sections. The arrangement is synched to the day-night cycle of the Minecraft World stage, assuming the match isn't paused.
2. "Earth" Mitsuhiro Kitadani 2:47 Minecraft Earth An upbeat orchestral style remix with a drum-and-bass beat.
3. "Clockwork Crafter" N/A 2:59 Legacy Console Edition This song is not arranged and is ripped directly from the original game.
4. "Toys on a Tear" Yuzo Koshiro 2:28 Faithful to the original, this arrange includes acoustic and electric guitars as well as the FM synth style instrumentation from the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive's chip in place of the chimes, a style often used by the arranger.
5. "Dance of the Blocks" Yoko Shimomura 2:12 Much like the previous song, this is a faithful arrangement of the original track. It includes lighter percussion as well as a timpani, and is generally calmer and more subdued.
6. "Glide" Hiroki Hashimoto 2:48 The arrange is done in an orchestral style much like original, but loops and new instruments like the acoustic guitar are incorporated.
7. "The Arch-Illager" Motoi Sakuraba 2:41 Minecraft Dungeons An orchestral arrange that remains faithful to the original. It incorporates a choir, a modern drum kit, and elements of piano.

Mii Fighter costumes[]

  • Creeper (Brawler) - a model replacement costume for the Mii Brawler. The Mii's limbs are replaced by floating creeper legs.
  • Pig (Brawler) - another model replacement costume for the Mii Brawler in a similar vein to the Creeper (Brawler). The costume may be based on the famous pig model error.
  • Diamond Armor (Swordfighter) - a suit costume for the Mii Swordfighter, giving it diamond armor and a diamond sword.

Spirits[]

amiibo[]

amiibo figures of Steve and Alex were announced on October 5, 2021, and released on September 9, 2022. They were originally slated to release in Q1/Q2 of 2022, but were delayed due to a logistics and production delay.[1]

Videos[]

Official Steve & Alex reveal trailer
Official Steve & Alex gameplay demonstration
Official Steve & Alex amiibo showcase

Trivia[]

  • Steve is referred within the game files with the codename "pickel". In Japanese, the loanword pikkeru is used to refer to ice axes, deriving from the German word "Eispickel".
  • According to former Minecraft production director Daniel Kaplan, it took at least 5 years of negotiating between Nintendo and Mojang Studios for Steve to appear in Smash.[2]
  • Steve's alternate costumes each consist of a single texture taken from Minecraft and modified slightly presumably to account for the different lighting in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This notably makes modifying them through file replacement extremely simple.

Gallery[]

Official artwork from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

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