Following the reveal of Cloud for Super Smash Bros., I asked Notch if he'd like to see Minecraft's Steve appear as a playable character in the fighting game.
In the wake of the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, it's safe to say that excitement has returned to the community surrounding Super Smash Bros. – thanks to the reveal of Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife forthcoming, downloadable inclusion in the brawler. While fans are salivating over the chance to suit up as the Square Enix-owned hero, many are still wondering who else will be joining the fray alongside the blonde protagonist.
With evidence recently emerging to suggest that Minecraft is set to come to the Nintendo Wii U in the near future, this got me thinking about the possibility of including the tree-punching powerhouse, Steve, as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. Reaching out to Markus 'Notch' Persson (the creator and former owner of Minecraft) via Twitter, I learned that he thinks it would be "neat" to see the blocky hero square off against the likes of Mario.
Check out the Twitter exchange below:
Given the fact that Persson recently sold Mojang and Minecraft to Microsoft, this decision is clearly out of the hands of the developer. That said, having the creator's blessing is a rather important thing to take into account before moving forth with a crossover of that magnitude – not many characters get to punch Pikachu in the face, after all.
Considering the fact that Sonic, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, and now Cloud make up the entirety of the guest characters in the latest Smash games, it's obvious that only the most iconic characters in gaming are being considered for a spot on the titles' shared roster. Steve fits this bill and then some, with potential for an incredibly unique and interesting moveset to boot. Even an accompanying stage could prove enjoyable for fans of both franchises, so it's certainly possible that Minecraft could crossover.
One thing fans are sure to immediately point out, however, is that Microsoft very much owns Minecraft now, so why would the company be willing to lend a mascot to a rival hardware maker? Given the blocky survival sim's presence on other platforms, and seemingly inevitable Wii U debut, it makes sense that he could be considered. Of course, similar legal hoops would need to be jumped through to have the likes of Banjo and Kazooie appear in Super Smash Bros., so it looks like fans will have to wait until the planned Smash-centric Nintendo Direct presentation in December to see which mascots made the cut as DLC.
Do you think it would be neat to see Steve in Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS? Which characters are you hoping join as add-ons? Get at us in the comments.