On a pre-recorded stream, Masahiro Sakurai revealed the moves of Steve and Alex (and Zombie and Enderman) from Minecraft, as well as their level, Minecraft World, when they arrive in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Oct. 13. Sakurai recorded this video in mid-August! They really plan in advance.
If you tilt the control stick up or down, Steve looks up or down, like in Minecraft. He uses a sword in a lot of his basic attacks, and he can even swing it repeatedly while retreating. It has short reach though, of course. His pickaxe offers a bit more versatility though. Steve has an especially short regular jump too, but his mid-air jump is a little more effective. The most agility is offered from lighting a firework, which allows Steve and Alex to fly for a short period. His fishing rod is involved in throws, and he can drop an anvil on people’s heads too, but that requires crafting resources.
Steve and Alex can “Craft” to improve their weapons and tools, and they have limited durability (except for your axe and pickaxe). You may have to fight barehanded until you have something new to work with. Gear can be upgraded with wood, stone, iron, gold, and diamond found in the environment naturally according to where exactly mining occurs. Notably, on Battlefield and “omega” levels in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, crafting materials will occur at a predetermined rate to prioritize match quality.
Speaking of levels, zombies and skeletons appear in Minecraft World at night. But they burn up come daybreak. There will be many blocks of varying kinds to break in this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate level, and in fact there will even be different biomes, like the savanna, taiga, and snowy tundra.
When you go to the crafting table, (Attacks can break the table, by the way.) you will automatically make something out of the best material available. Creating blocks will default to using your cheaper materials though, and you can use them, to an extent, to break your fall or just create a new vantage point in battle. Blocks don’t last very long though, so use them tactfully.
Steve can also light the ground on fire, which doubles as an ephemeral shield, and he can summon a bit of magma from the ground. He can likewise create a magma block above him. The side special is Minecart, which is exactly what it sounds like. With resources, the cart can even be put on rails to go faster and become more powerful. And TNT can be used to blow people up. Finally, the Final Smash involves hitting someone with a piston, which launches them into the House of Boom trap room, dooming them.
Basically, if you like Minecraft and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, wow should you be happy at this combination. With Steve, Alex, and Minecraft World, it is even more extraordinary what Masahiro Sakurai has achieved with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
There are even more Steve and Alex gameplay details where this came from. Check out the full video replay below!