Nintendo has announced that Minecraft’s DLC fighters, including Steve, Alex, Zombie, and Enderman, will be available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 13, 2020, for those who own the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2. It will also be available for $5.99 USD for those who don’t.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s director Masahiro Sakurai also broke down these new Minecraft characters, including that they will look and act just like they do in their game, from the way their elbows and knees don’t bend to how  they walk. You can even tilt his head up as you can in Minecraft.

Steve is one of the available variations of this Minecraft fighter and the one we will be referencing in this article, and he isn’t the best jumper. In fact, he can’t even make it up to a platform on a single jump, and will need a mid-air jump to do so. This smaller jump, however, is perfect for him getting on the block he can create in game.

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His sword will be used in neutral attacks, smash attacks, and air attacks. While they don’t have the best range, they do pack a ton of power. His axe is used for attacks overhead, and it can be used as an up tilt attack to juggle opponents. The pickaxe will be used in dash attacks, forward air attacks, and back air attacks.

As in Minecraft, you will be able to use Craft to strengthen your tools/weapons. They will power up in the following order: wood, stone, iron, gold, and diamond. These tools and weapons have limited durability, so they will break, and can leave you fighting bare-handed, which makes you much weaker. Luckily, if one tool breaks, you can still use the others.

Steve’s down tilt attack used flint and steel, setting a fire in front of you. The up smash attack is the magma block, the down smash attack is the lava bucket, the down air attack is the anvil, the grab uses the fishing rod, the forward and up throws use a piston, and the down throw summons an anvil to flatten opponents.

The special attacks include Mine (B on ground), Craft (B at crafting table), Create Block (B midair), Minecart (Left or Right + B), Elytra (Up + B), and TNT (Down + B). With Mine, you will dig in front of you to collect materials, and a different tool will be used depending on the ground/wall you are trying to mine. Different levels will feature more of specific materials, so your tactics will have to slightly change depending on where you fight. If you choose a Battlefield-form level, the materials will “appear at a pre-determined rate” to cut out some of the randomness.

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Once you have sufficiently mined enough materials, you can craft to make tools. As previously mentioned, your tools can break, so you will need to make more at the crafting table that will always appear by your start point, but you can summon it by using Shield+B. The highest-quality took will be crafted from the materials you have, and you can also repair tools before they break to avoid having to craft a new one. Also, if you want to mine diamonds to craft the best tools. you have to dig longer on each surface.

Creating Blocks is another unique feature of the Minecraft characters, and also used materials you gather to build. If you hold B, you can also create blocks while moving. This feature made it so Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s developers had to rework every level to make this new move function properly. Placing blocks can create many more exciting opportunities to defeat your opponent, but there is a limit to where you can build which is identified by a pink line on blocks that get to close to the limit.

It’s also important to note that you will use the lowest level of materials when building blocks, but if you run out, you will start using your more valuable materials. So, make sure to pay attention when building block so you don’t ruin future opportunities for yourself. There will be a bar above your character’s icon on the bottom that will let you know what materials you currently posses.

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The Final Smash is called House of Boom. Once activated, you will summon a giant piston that will send your opponent flying in to the House of Boom. This room is filled with TNT, Zombies, and Creepers that will all explode while you eat a victory steak. Only one opponent can be trapped in the House of Boom, but others can be hit by the initial attack.

The new stage that arrives with these Minecraft characters is Minecraft World, and it features one of six biomes from Minecraft – Plains, Birch Forest, Savanna, Taiga, Snowy Tundra, and Stone Shore – that are randomly chosen for each match.

There will also be new Spirits, Challenges, and new songs. Since the slower paced songs from Minecraft would not quite fit, according to Sakurai, seven tracks have been included from Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Dungeons – Halland/Dalarna, Earth Clockwork Crafter, Toys on a Tear, Dance of the Blocks, Glide, and The Arch-Illager

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There will also be new Mii Fighters, including Minecraft’s Creeper (Brawler), Pig (Brawler), and Diamond Armor (Swordfighter), The Tower of Daruga’s Gil (Swordfighter), Bomberman (Brawler), and Travis from No More Heroes (Swordfighter). These will also be available on October 13, 2020, for $0.75 USD.

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