The announcement of Cuphead on Nintendo Switch was an unbelievable dream come true for many, but the dreams don’t stop there. In a talk with Game Informer, Cuphead co-creator Jared Moldenhauer expressed his overwhelming desire to see Cuphead and Mugman appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Since Kirk Scott, Nintendo’s manager of publisher and developer relations, was present for the discussion, Moldenhauer laid it on extra thick with his aspirations:
[Cuphead and Mugman] belong in [Super Smash Bros.]. So basically if fans want it, I couldn’t see how Nintendo wouldn’t want the fans to get what they wanted. I think they would because they support their fans a lot . . . So if Nintendo was keeping their fans happy, then I’d be more than pleased to make that the easiest transition. Just a piece of paper, we don’t need anything. You can have those characters make an appearance.
When asked whom he would like to see battle Cuphead and Mugman, Moldenhauer selected the Ice Climbers because (1) a two-versus-two matchup sounds nice, and (2) he thinks Ice Climbers on NES isn’t any fun. So he’d like his creations to beat up the Ice Climbers as punishment for their lousy video game. Ouch.
Logistically, I don’t know how you’d put Cuphead and Mugman into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I mean, yeah, it would be very easy to translate their run-and-gun repertoire into Smash attacks, but how would they actually render the characters themselves? These are two characters that belong firmly in 2D, so would they walk around the screen looking like Paper Mario characters? Just making them three-dimensional would make more sense, but it would also feel sacrilegious, I think.
What do you think is the best way to bring these characters to life in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let us know in the comments!
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