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Steve in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|First appearance||Minecraft: Java Edition (2011)|
|Latest appearance||Minecraft Dungeons Arcade (2021)|
- “Steve and Alex are two of the many incarnations of the player when they venture into the Minecraft world. Explore dungeons, create buildings, or trade with villagers–the adventure is in your hands!”
- – Tips, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Steve is the name given to the default main player character and protagonist in Minecraft; the female default skin playable character is Alex. Steve has dark brown hair, a light blue shirt, blue pants, grey shoes, and a dark, brownish pigmentation. Alex has long, red hair, a light green shirt, brown pants, grey boots, and a much lighter skin tone. Enemies in the game include a Zombie (a green-skinned version of Steve with no hair), and an Enderman (an entirely black humanoid-like figure with small, purple eyes, and skinny, tall legs). Steve is a downloadable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The game, Minecraft, and its characters were created by independent video game developer company, Mojang Studios, which was wholly purchased by Xbox Game Studios in 2014. Steve, Alex, a Zombie, and an Enderman were all confirmed to be a playable character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as downloadable content.
Steve is the default skin in all versions of Minecraft, with Alex being the other default playable skin available from the start. Before being named Steve, the model for the human player was added to the first public release of Minecraft on May 13, 2009. The character of Steve originally came to be referred unofficially to as "Steve?" by the game's creator, but it was not until the game's official release out of beta in 2011 that the name "Steve" was made official (dropping the question mark). Zombies were added on September 1, 2009 to Java Edition Classic 0.24, Endermen were added on September 14, 2011 to Beta Update 1.8, and Alex was added on September 2, 2014 to Java Update 1.8.
Prior to Steve's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alongside Nintendo characters, there was the Super Mario Mash-up, available on Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and New Nintendo 3DS, that adds forty different Mario-themed skins to replace Steve. Hammer Bros. replace the Zombies in the pack, while Endermen are replaced by Stilt Guys.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
On October 1st, 2020, Steve was revealed to be the second fighter of Fighter Pass Vol. 2 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with Alex as well as skins based off of the Zombie and Enderman mobs being alternate costumes for him. An additional video showing his moveset was presented on October 3rd, 2020, Steve was released on October 13th, 2020. The name on the character selection screen changes to "Alex", "Zombie", or "Enderman" while changing costumes for Steve, to reflect their differences, much like how Captain Olimar and Alph are the same character, but get identified separately.
Steve's moveset is heavily based off of Minecraft in general (and especially that game's Survival Mode). Many of Steve's standard attacks use a sword, axe or pickaxe from the game; neutral attack and side tilt attack are quick sword swings, up tilt attack is a quick upward axe swing, dash attack is a running pickaxe swing, side smash attack is a slower but stronger sword swing, neutral air attack is a quick sword swing, forward air attack is a pickaxe swing that can meteor smash, back air attack is a backward-facing pickaxe swing, and up air attack is a quick upward axe swing. Steve also has other standard attacks that do not use those tools; down tilt attack uses flint and steel to create a flame in front, up smash attack places a magma block above then breaks it, down smash attack uses a lava bucket to pour lava on both sides, down air attack places an anvil directly underneath which falls downward, and grab uses a fishing rod to grab an opponent. Steve's grab attack involves punching the grabbed opponent, forward throw places a piston which launches the opponent forward, backward throw tosses the opponent backward with a fishing rod, upward throw uses a piston to launch the opponent upward, and downward throw drops an anvil on the opponent. Steve's neutral special move is Mine / Craft / Create Block, which functions differently depending on Steve's position: when grounded, Steve uses a tool to mine for resources; when near a crafting table, Steve uses resources to craft tools; and in the air, Steve places a block directly underneath. Steve's side special move is Minecart, which has Steve summon a minecart and ride it; Steve can jump out of the minecart, and it can grab opponents after Steve has exited it. Steve's up special move is Elytra, which uses elytra wings to glide horizontally or vertically, with Steve briefly using firework rockets as well. Finally, Steve's down special move is TNT, with Steve placing a TNT block in front; after the TNT block has been placed, Steve can place a trail of redstone dust followed by a wooden pressure plate to create a redstone circuit which can detonate the TNT block itself.
Steve's Final Smash is called House of Boom, and it uses a large Piston that pushes the fighter into a dark room if made contact, locking them inside with Creepers, Zombies, and TNT. After the room explodes, Steve eats a steak upon successfully finishing his Final Smash.
Some of Steve's attacks use tools from the game, such as a sword, an axe, a shovel and a pickaxe. Said items can break over time from being used. A Crafting Table will spawn in the background near Steve at the beginning of a match. Using his neutral special move, Steve can mine the ground for various resources. There is a limit to how many resources Steve can carry, so if he exceeds this limit, he will begin to ditch previous resources to make room for new ones. A gauge is present near the player's icon and damage at the bottom of the screen which shows Steve's current resource. The resources that Steve mines with his neutral special move will vary depending on the material of the stage that Steve is playing on. Steve can then walk over and use the Crafting Table and his mined materials to craft a full set of tools in addition to replenishing broken/damaged ones; when Steve crafts using the table, all of his tools get upgraded at the same time. The various types of tools in order of strength are wood, stone, iron, gold and diamond; gold is weaker and less durable than stone, iron and diamond, but attacks with golden tools are faster overall. The Crafting Table can be broken by any player's attacks (including Steve's own), but it will respawn after a few seconds. Steve can also summon his table near him at any time by pressing the special move button while shielding. If there are two or more Steves in a battle, they can all use one another's Crafting Tables.
Additional elements borrowed from Minecraft include Steve wielding a shield from the game if a perfect shield is performed. When Steve is put to sleep, he will sleep on one of the beds that can be crafted in the original game.
Steve's home stage is based off the various biomes from Minecraft, and it is called Minecraft World. Villagers, Cows, Chickens, Sheep, Zombies, Skeletons and Endermen appear in the background of the stage (regardless if Zombie or Enderman are being controlled by a player), but they do not interact with the action.
Classic Mode route
Steve's opponents in his Classic Mode route reference various enemies in Minecraft. All rounds except for rounds 2 and 6 are Stamina battles.
|Journey to the Far Lands|
|1||Zombie ×8||Horde Battle||Minecraft World||Glide|
|2||Wario (green biker costume) ×4||Team Battle
(Ally: Villager (male), R.O.B.)
|Minecraft World||The Arch-Illager|
|3||Link (Skyward Sword costume) ×3||Minecraft World (Battlefield)||Clockwork Crafter|
|4||Tiny Pit (blue costume) ×3, Robin (male)||Luigi's Mansion||Dragon Battle|
|5||Giant Kirby (gray costume) ×2, Tiny King K. Rool (pink costume) ×2||Norfair||The Keeper of the Lake|
|6||Enderman ×4||Horde Battle||Find Mii||Clockwork Crafter|
|Final||Ridley, Enderman ×2||Final Destination||The Arch-Illager|
Steve, Alex, Zombie, and Enderman share this stock conversation with all other Fighters Pass characters. It was originally used for Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, who are downloadable fighters in that game.
- Pit: Who is THAT?
- Palutena: I have no data on this fighter. I can't believe it!
- Viridi: It must be an intruder from another dimension!
- Pit: Whoever it is, the goal remains the same: to fight and win!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate official website
Steve & Alex from the Minecraft™ game are coming to the Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate game as a new playable fighter! This iconic fighter is the second fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol 2 DLC. Use Steve and Alex’s various tools to mine and craft your way to victory! Challenger Pack 7 also includes a new stage, Minecraft World.
|No.||Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|1428||Steve||Minecraft Series||Fighter||N/A||N/A||Classic Mode as Steve||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|1429||Alex||Minecraft Series||Fighter||N/A||N/A||Vault Shop||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|1430||Zombie||Minecraft Series||Primary (0)||Novice||Attack
|DLC Spirits (Steve)||Zombie ×10||
||Minecraft World (savanna, nighttime)||Clockwork Crafter|
|1434||Enderman||Minecraft Series||Primary (2)||Ace||Neutral
|DLC Spirits (Steve)||Enderman ×4||Rule: Move Speed ↑; Item: POW Block||Minecraft World (snowy tundra, nighttime)||Glide|
Names in other languages
|Emissary of the End|
|Russian||Странник Края (Minecraft (Bedrock))
Эндермен (Minecraft: Java Edition / Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
|Wanderer of the End|
- The model for Steve in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate uses a version of his face with a beard that from Minecraft since released on September 1, 2009. Despite having been changed in-game for over a decade by the time of the DLC's release, this bearded version of Steve is still used in promotional artwork for Minecraft, including its game cover. The beard on Steve's face is often confused for a smile.
- Steve is the second Microsoft-owned playable character and the second playable character from a Western franchise added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; Banjo and Kazooie mark the first for both instances.
- Steve is the first playable character that originated from an independent game, though Mojang is no longer considered an independent company after the Microsoft acquisition in 2014. However, the original Switch, Wii U, and New 3DS ports of the game were both developed and published independently by Mojang and 4J Studios.
- Unlike other fighters who have spirits depicting their alternate costumes, Zombie and Enderman are not classified as Fighter Spirits, and therefore cannot be switched to their Super Smash Bros. artwork.
- In the version 9.0.1 update, Nintendo changed Steve's victory pose of him eating a piece of steak to finish eating all the steak due to the original pose having the steak unintentionally placed at his groin.
- Markus "Notch" Persson (November 22, 2010). Twitter. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
- Super Smash Bros. (October 1, 2020). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - A New Seed! - Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Mr. Sakurai Presents "Steve & Alex". YouTube. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
- Video by Matthew Kelly on "Steve's Victory Meat Patch Comparison (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)" on YouTube. Retrieved October 22, 2020.