On October 1, 2020, when Super Smash Brothers Ultimate revealed that Minecraft’s Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman were the first challengers, Twitter struggled to handle the traffic. Even Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, noticed the phenomenon. “Maybe Twitter fell …?” Sakura was surprised.
While the reaction to Steve’s inclusion in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate has been quite mixed, it certainly has something to say about the representation of the world’s most popular video game. In his latest Famitsu column entry, Sakurai commented further on the Twitter issues that have arisen following the big revelation.
“Twitter landed in Japan, North America and Europe on October 1, 2020 at 11pm (Japan time),” Sakurai wrote. “Couldn’t post or read for a while, but when it was over we got an amazingly great response from the world.”
This is because whenever Twitter suffers, it is an event that attracts the attention of people around the world. The last time this happened was in 2009 when we learned of Michael Jackson’s death.
Steve did not know which video game character to announce to the smash community that led to the unveiling of the world. Many of the fighters before Steve actually leaked for one reason or another.
While there are bold claims about Minecraft’s representation in the Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, most fans wrote off the possibility because these claims were not confirmed after the base game and the first Fighters pass ended without any indication of it.
“We encountered a situation that had never happened before on Nintendo, and we could not tweet as it happened.” – Masahiro Sakurai
Given that Steve has now been confirmed, this lends credence to some other rumors circulating during the first Fighters Pass period.
Zakurai continued to point out how Twitter’s problems caused Nintendo to face a completely unique situation. This prevented the company from tweeting about Minecraft Steve.
“‘Minecraft is in Super Smash Brothers. Ultimate!’ It was announced at the time and date listed above, but on Nintendo we encountered a situation we had never encountered before and we could not tweet as it happened, ”Sakurai said.
Special thanks to Nicholas Majintenshinhan Taylor for the contributions and translations used in this article.
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