Lately, I've been seeing a lot of people who want Steve from Minecraft to be a payable character in Smash Ultimate and people who say he's a likely candidate. Source Gaming's "Rate That Character" series said he has a 75% chance to get in, he's on many people's top 10 lists, and a recent leak on 4chan said he would be included later as dlc, as well as the Vergeben Leak stating that Ultimate will get some form of Minecraft representation.
But is he that wanted/likely of a character? Many people back in the early Sm4sh days and around the time of the ballot suggested him as a cringey joke character along the same lines as Goku or Shrek. Only recently, for some odd reason, have people begun to take him seriously as a viable candidate for the game.
So now, as a sort of thought experiment, I wanna know what everyone truly thinks. Do you guys want Steve in Smash? I've made a Strawpoll about it.
As for me, personally, I'm not a fan of the idea. I understand that Minecraft is a monster of a series that's done wonderful things for the gaming industry, but it's not my game. I get the appeal of it, but I'm not very patient or creative, so I'm not really fit to play the game. I also don't like the general aesthetic they were going for, either.
Additionally, I find Steve boring as a character. He has a bland design, as he's supposed to be a blank slate for your avatar. I also don't know how he would work as a fighter. He has stiff, choppy animations, so envisioning him in Smash kinda meses with me. Although he has enormous move potential, it's almost to the point where there's too many directions he could go as a character (it sounds weird, but it makes more sense in my head lol).
All that said, I wouldn't mind seeing some sort of series representation, like an assist trophy or a stage. Maybe the Minecraft stage could have player characters run around and place blocks everywhere for extra platforms. Maybe creepers could come in and explode, changing the terrain, and the stage could possibly cycle through the day, with monsters coming in at night and burning in the morning. Those are just some ideas, but I hope that's the most Minecraft content we get in the game, not a character.
Thanks for reading/voting!